Luke 6:20: Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God


There are two kingdoms that are totally different from another: Kingdom of God vs. Kingdom of the World. These kingdoms have different goals, ambitions, desires, and ways. One is of the Spirit the other is of the flesh. One is eternal the other is temporal.

Kingdom of God

The former characteristics of being of the Spirit and eternal belong to the kingdom of God. Our Lord Jesus is the ruler of this kingdom, and he is the one who qualifies us for participating in His kingdom. Sorry, no man can admit you, know matter how much man-made authority he has been given in the church, no Pastor or Priest can give you the “ok.” There is only way to enter the kingdom of God, and that is through being born again by the Holy Spirit.

John 3:5,6 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

Jesus is saying here, only by the work of the Holy Spirit is the only means  you enter the kingdom of God, in that flesh begets flesh and Spirit begets spirit. You do not start with flesh and get Spirit and vice versa, it is like oil and water, they do not mix. The next verse is key to understanding today’s topic.

John 3:3 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”

The fact is unless you have been born again you cannot even see or perceive the reality of the kingdom of God. Paul the Apostle speaks about this issue in 1 Corinthians that the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them for they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14). Concepts like power out of weakness, living by the Spirit, the struggle between the Spirit vs. flesh, renewing your mind, strong vs. weak in spirit, praying in tongues, prophesy, the peace of God, the love of God, and so much more! Paul in the chapter after (1 Corinthians 3:19) states that the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. The ways of the Lord are hidden and foolishness to the world, which is why few are walking on the narrow way that leads to life (Matthew 7:14). Being born again is just the start to our journey with Jesus. As we walk with Jesus more and more, he will deepen our faith and refine our hearts in holiness, which the Biblical term for this is sanctification (set apart).

Kingdom of the World

We will have the natural inclination to live out of our flesh, which is our own understanding and own wisdom. This is a life walking by sight and for the here and now. This is the way of the world. As discussed earlier, the kingdom of the world is of the flesh and temporal. It is a life that centers around pleasing yourself in the lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). The kingdom of the world is controlled by satan ( 1 John 4:19) Before I was born again, I lived a life for myself, usually my heart always asked “What is in it for me?” I was a slave of sin, and had no inner peace in my heart. You can read my testimony  to find out more details. Jesus referred to the way of the world as the broad way, and sadly most are walking on this path. Now let’s dig into our discussion.

Luke 6:20 Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God.

When we talk about the word poor we are talking about poor in our hearts or poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3). The Greek word for the term poor means beggars. Think of an example of beggar always asking someone for food or money, they are dependent on another. When we are poor in spirit we are depending on the Lord in strength, wisdom, and financial provision. We are emptying ourselves of our pride and strength of self to “come through” for us. James 2:5 “Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love him.” Similarity, we see that Paul describes the type of people that respond to the calling of Christ are usually foolish, weak, base, despised, nothings, and nobody’s of the world.  You see when we become poor in ourselves, Jesus becomes rich in us. Paul states that Jesus becomes to us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30). Going back to the verse in James, we see that the poor in spirit become rich in faith, which is imparted faith produced by the Holy Spirit. God gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). Instead of living by our flesh, we are living by faith and setting our hope on the precious promises of God that are eternal. 2 Peter 1:4 “By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.” Part of being depending on the Lord is a constantly asking the Lord for help. Remember the concept of a beggar that are asking people for things, that should be our attitude toward the Lord. As someone put it, prayer is a language of the poor. The Lord will make sure that we are poor in spirit by keeping us broken before him, and I will say that is not a pleasant thing to go through.  Matthew 21:44 “And whoever falls on this stone will be broken.”

Luke 6:24 But woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation.

Again, rich here is referring to those who are rich in themselves. Having a proud heart, which God will resist.  People who are living for themselves will only receive their consolation in this life, so enjoy it while you can, because it is passing away. Those who are not willing to yield to Jesus, will by default be blinded by the dark ways of the world. Pride is a dangerous sin that holds us back from God. Some people just cannot fathom giving up their pride in this life. They lust after a powerful position, want a dominate position, the honor and praise of men. Think of the rich young ruler who was actually a moral person. However, Jesus required him to surrender his possessions to him, and he was unwilling to give up his great possessions. Ultimately it was his pride that held him back from the Lord.

Mark 10:23, 24 “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!”, ” Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!”

The fact is you cannot trust in the Lord if you are making yourself your strength. Jeremiah 17:5 “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. Another the other hand, Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.”

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5

May we die to self so Jesus can rule and reign in our hearts. The kingdom of heaven is within our heart.

 

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