A Short Study of Matthew 5:3
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
So who then are the “poor in spirit”?
They are those who have been brought, by the life giving power of God the Holy Spirit, to know of their spiritual poverty – to know that they have nothing to pay, nothing to merit or earn them anything before God. They have been convinced of sin by the Holy Spirit, including the sin that would deceive us all – what the scriptures call the “deceivableness of unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:10) – of thinking anything other than the imputed righteousness of Christ (the merit of His obedience unto death) charged to our account – of thinking anything else would satisfy a Holy God so as to gain or even contribute to our acceptance by Him.
By R. Wages