“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
So what exactly does this mean?
Are we not supposed to be ‘rich’ with God’s word?
Yes, we are supposed to store up God’s word of truth like treasure and riches, but what happens when we think we are rich, but are actually “wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked”? What happens when we think we have everything that we need, but should actually be buying gold refined in the fire?
“You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.”
These people think they are rich, they think that they do not need a thing, but are their opinions of themselves true and accurate? Aren’t they told that they are actually wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked?
This passage is not speaking literally because I can guarantee you that if I was walking around blind and naked I would most definitely be aware of it, yet Jesus says “you do not realize” that you are all these things. Spiritually speaking they believe they are rich, not needing any more knowledge and understanding than what they have. But who inherits the kingdom of heaven? Those who think they have and know everything, or those who realize they don’t?
“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”