Session 08 – Pure In Heart

Pure In HeartEach beatitude is accompanied with a promised blessing. Although some of these blessings may only be partially realized today, they will be completely fulfilled when Christ returns. The humble and persecuted are promised the Kingdom of Heaven which begins when Christ reigns on earth. Those who mourn shall be comforted. In the new heaven and earth, comfort (currently unattainable) will exist because death, sorrow, crying, and pain will be gone forever. The meek will inherit the earth, those desiring righteousness will finally be filled, and the merciful will obtain mercy − all in the glorious day to come. The pure in heart shall see God. No one sees God today.

The Prophet Isaiah and the Apostle John were both privileged to see a vision of God’s throne room. The seraphim Isaiah saw said, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts:” (Isaiah 6:3). The four beasts John saw “…rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty….” (Revelation 4:8). The holiness of God is unquestionable. His purity is absolute, without any evil at all. Not an atom of darkness is within Him.

For mankind to have any kind of relationship with God, we must live holy lives. “Purity” and “holiness” are synonyms, while sin is the opposite. The grace and mercy of God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ have made it available for those of faith to live holy. Thereby, they are enabling fellowship with God. Obedient children live holy lives.

Romans 3:9-21 – No one is born with a pure heart; however, we are born again with holy spirit which is making us new inside.

Romans 5:5 – After Jesus ascended, he sent forth the holy spirit to his disciples and created a whole new life in which holiness and purity of heart can prevail.

Romans 5:12-21 – We now have two separate ways we can live our lives. Non-Christians have only one way.

Galatians 5:16-26 – We can walk by the spirit or the flesh.

1 Peter 1:13-16 – Our walk with God today involves the constant struggle of presenting our “…bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God” (Romans 12:1). We live in an evil age that is constantly influenced by Satan. Because we have not yet been given new bodies wherein dwells only righteousness and holiness, we must contend with the sin nature. Satan’s influence from without and the sin nature within limit our effectiveness with holy living.  Jesus told us to pray daily for the forgiveness of our sins because sin is a constant issue with all of us.

Revelation 21:1-4 – If we remain faithful, in the end we will dwell with God and see Him face to face.

The Sermon on the Mount provides detailed instruction on how to have and maintain a pure heart. For those who obey Jesus’ commands, purity of heart is a reality, and fellowship with God is enjoyed

Hebrews 12:14 – Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: