“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” — these were the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:3. They are a bit strange. What do the poor in spirit have to do with the kingdom that usually appears to be something rich? Alexandre Rozuvaj spoke about these poor in spirit and why they have an advantage in entering the heavens at the Sunday meeting of the church “Philadelphia” on 28 February.

After receiving the news that she was to bring the Savior to the world Mary said: “He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble” (Luke 1:52, 53). The poor in spirit are those who search God, have hunger for Him and see Him to be the endless source of knowledge, truth and mercy.

Those who think that they are rich, know enough so that they don’t need God and that they will live on their own. Meanwhile in Revelation 3:17 God rebukes them: “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”. Jesus wants us to be rich with His poorness, be proud of our weakness as Paul did it. We should be poor in spirit but enrich people around us with the truth that Jesus Christ gave us.

Juri Baburin talked about people’s sinfulness. Many verses in the Bible speak about this. “They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one”, — this is the conclusion from Psalms 14:1-3. Thinking about the sinful nature of man we can come to the wrong conclusion that God created man susceptible to sin and He is responsible for it. However God created man perfect giving him freedom of choice: to follow Him or live according to their will. Man made the wrong choice but God gave him the chance to come back. It is very important to realize one’s sinfulness. But what is the difference between believers and unbelievers if they both sin? The believer is already saved, the Holy Spirit lives in him. He has to live with the sinful nature of man. There is a constant fight of our soul and flesh (Galatians 5:17), but God is more powerful and He helps us to combat sin.



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