Posted by: splat | July 6, 2012

Blessing and mourning

Why is it that so many Christians don’t experience blessings?  Should we be experiencing blessings today or are they just some fuzzy spiritual concept?

(KJV)Matthew 5:4
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Notice the word “are” is in italics. This means that “are” is not in the greek. It was added by the translators for readability. Sometimes they got it right and sometimes they didn’t. In this case I believe not. I explain.

Blessed means happy and to mourn is to be sad.
One is either happy or sad, not both. One might argue that although they are sad that they have  happiness imputed to them. Well, it doesn’t do us any good unless its real, not just some religious position. A better reading of that scripture would be “Blessed [will be] those who mourn for they shall be comforted”. It makes more sense to be blessed after you are comforted by the Holy Spirit.

Now also who was Matthew 5:4 written to? Let’s back up and see.

(NASB)Matthew 5:1-2
When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. [2] He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,

So we see Jesus wasn’t speaking to everybody but only his disciples. Not all who followed Jesus were disciples even back then.

(NASB)John 8:31-32
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; [32] and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

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