Blessed (empowered to prosper) are the poor in the spiritual realm: for theirs is the Kingdom of the Heavens.
First steps are important. They are even more important when they are viewed in context with the whole plot. We have lost this in the West. You can blame it on many things but I believe that repeating false doctrinal ‘facts‘ ad nauseam is the culprit.
We assume that consensus equals truth. It does not.
In the Middle Ages, the consensus from the ‘church’ was that relics performed miracles and that you could buy your way out of Purgatory.
It took the ‘church’ seventy years to make the usage of a table fork acceptable. Before that, it was considered to be a sin because God had given man fingers to eat and the Devil carried a fork. True story.
Consensus does not mean truth.
Actually, if you take just about any doctrinal stance that has widespread consensus, you can probably flip it upside down and find the truth. This is because we translate everything in our mother tongue. Selah.
Regarding Matthew 5:3, we can watch as this unfolds:
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
When we assume truth we read into any verse our own prejudices and dogmas.
What is blessed?
Did you read it as the poor are blessed or that the poor in spirit are blessed?
What could it mean to be poor in spirit? Is that found elsewhere in scripture?
What is the Kingdom of Heaven?
What does it mean that the Kingdom of Heaven is the poor in spirit‘s?
Because you can’t answer those questions in a way that rings of truth, you will assume you know the truth of the verse and move on. And as it has been shown over the last few posts, what we ‘know’ of the truth of this verse falls far short.
This only gets worse as you continue through the Beatitudes, applying revelation to exegesis.
We desperately need a reboot in our Christianity today. We must go on a rescue mission for the truth that God delivered in the past and restore the faith of our Fathers. To accomplish this, we need open minds, love in our hearts and sanctified thinking in place to deal with revelation from the Holy Spirit.
I hope that you’re willing to travel this path, it’s well worth it.