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The Beautiful Beatitudes, Part 5

We have been thinking together about the beatitudes and how they depict the Christian as a person quite unlike the natural man. The first four beatitudes describe the initial exercises of the heart in one who has been awakened by the Spirit of God. First there is that realization that one is utterly poverty stricken when it comes to personal righteousness. The Spirit of God quickens the true seeker after God to his uncleanness in the sight of a holy God. Like Isaiah when he saw the Lord high and lifted up and confessed "Woe is Me, for I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips."