Blessed are those mourning for they will be comforted.
As was covered yesterday, this statement from the Beatitudes refers not solely to the condition of mourning as we perceive it in the English language but to those who grieve over a lost hope.
In a way the English applies as in the death of a loved one, there is certainly an aspect of that grief that conveys a sense of lost hope; you’ll not see them again in this life or your prayers went unanswered in regards to a healing or protection.
But the Christ is very specific in the use of His word mourning, he chooses to use pentheó rather than the more common word for grieving, penthos.
Those that are grieving are doing so because their hope has died.
I’ve been there so many times in my life. To exercise any kind of faith requires you to engage hope. And when that hope flickers and dies, it seems that a part of you does as well.
To understand this you need to see the nature of hope. It’s one of the most misunderstood aspects of the life of the Believer and very little has been written about it.
If I were to ask you what hope is, what would you say? Perhaps you’d say that’s it’s something that you want to happen or something that you’re expecting in your heart. Somehow it’s become one of those words that we self-define and then impose on the Scriptures as if they were written in English.
So what do we know?
We know that it is a living virtue along with Faith and Love. (1 Corinthians 13:13).
We know that faith is the hypóstasis of things hoped for, the Lord’s guarantee to fulfill the hope that He places in us. (Hebrews 11:1).
We know that Abraham used hope when he received Isaac back from the dead before he offered him up, reckoning that God could raise him up even though no one had been raised at that point. (Hebrews 11:19).
We know that hope acts as an anchor for the soul (mind, will and emotions) and that it enters behind the vail in the heavenly temple, the blood of Christ acting as a guarantee. (Hebrews 6:19),
So what is hope then?
Hope is an inner image that pictures an outcome. That inner image can be based on the Word of God, in which case it is divine hope or it can be based on natural information, in which case it is natural hope.
Most of us are fully familiar with the mechanics of natural hope. It is always both information based and circumstantial. If it looks probable and natural evidence points to it, we can see it happening. If circumstances change, our inner image shifts accordingly.
Divine hope is based on either the general Word of God or the knowledge of His ways or it is based on the personal revelation of a promise being specifically ours (Rhema). When Abraham considered not his own body, now dead, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb but chose to believe God’s personal promise to him, that was divine hope.
Christ in the 5th verse of Matthew does not differentiate between the two types of hope, he simply chooses to use a word that conveys hope lost forever and the unbearable grief that accompanies that. Yet the state of being blessed is contingent on one’s citizenship in the Kingdom of God.
In other words, if you are in the Kingdom then no matter which hope has apparently died, there is an advocate for you.
This is simply jaw dropping.
The end of the statement reads in English ‘will be comforted’. As we have shown in yesterday’s teaching that word, comforted, is parakaleó which means to come alongside someone and offer up evidence that stands up in God’s court. We know that Paraclete is one of the words used for the Holy Spirit, one called alongside to help.
The addition of ‘will be’ to the word Paraclete is exciting. First, it is passive tense (the subject acts for their own benefit) and is also indicative (a statement of fact).
So let’s break down Matthew 5:4:
Empowered to prosper are those whose hearts deeply grieve because something that they earnestly hoped for has died for the Holy Spirit will come alongside them and offer up evidence before the Court of God to restore that hope and fulfill His promise to them.
If that doesn’t catch you on fire, your wood is wet, friend. Here in he Kingdom of God, even the death of hope isn’t its death, it’s only a start. God is about to speak to that death and turn things around and the Spirit of God is about to step into court with you to ensure divine justice and judgment on the enemy that stole it from you.