Jean’s Gospel: Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

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5 Responses

  1. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Very good article. I liked where you said we are declared pure.

    If we want to see what makes us pure, we do not look within (the theology of glory) but we look at Jesus hanging on the cross.

  2. Jean says:

    Thanks MLD.

    The challenge that I had when first diving deep into Matthew was finding “grace” where that word is never used. If you have been brought up on a steady diet of the Pauline epistles, you get used to the word “grace” and expect to see it in connection with the Gospel, and if you don’t you may think that either “grace” is not there or the Gospel is different.

    However, the concept of “grace” is all throughout Matthew, and the challenge for the reader is learning how to recognize it clothed in different words.

    I am persuaded that Matthew proclaims the same Gospel as Paul. The unique treasure of the fourfold Gospel is to learn of the Gospel through the words and deeds of Jesus.

  3. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Jean,
    Jesus and Paul do proclaim the same gospel – as did Isaiah, the writer of Ruth and the others.
    The Red Letter folks bring division into Christianity.

  4. Babylon's Dread says:

    For Jesus the good news was the arrival of the Kingdom — and he expounded being in the Kingdom. For Paul the good news was the arrival of the King — and he expounded being ‘in Christ’ the anointed king. One gospel for sure, by grace we enter into the finished work of the king by which we are declared pure, righteous and reconciled to the Father.

    Good article for sure,

    Sorry it gets kinda lost in the CC stuff which of course is the tap root of this blog.

    Grace and Peace

  5. Em says:

    The whole sum of God’s dealings with man are a testament to God’s holy character and His reconciling grace – the staggering genius of His uncompromising victory over evil
    We could be more solid in our understanding of His unspeakable gift of redemption offered to us, of what we have when we accept it, if we spent more time thinking on Him, on what He has revealed to us of Himself….. IMNSHO. 😇

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