According to the account of Matthew, after the baptism of Jesus where the Holy spirit descended on him and God declared Him (Jesus) to be His (God’s) son in whom He (God) is well pleased. He (Jesus) was led into the wilderness where He fasted and prayed, He was tempted of the devil also, where He countered everyday word of the devil by the spoken word of God.
One who carefully observes and listens to see in between the lines will fall in love with the discretion and wisdom displayed by the Lord Jesus Christ.
His state of equilibrium and tranquility was not tampered with, although he was really hungry and needed to be attended to.
He briefly preached that the kingdom of heaven is at hand and that men should repent; after which he performed the miracle of the ‘net-breaking, boat-sinking fish catch’. Simon and his brother Andrew saw this and followed him, constituting the first two of his twelve disciples. Many others followed and in no time, Jesus had a crowd who wanted to listen and hear what he had to offer. No doubt, it seems like the Jews are ‘spiritually hungry people’.
Jesus saw this and without further wait took advantage of the opportunity, it was the perfect moment to continue teaching on the kingdom he intended to eventually make operational in the heart of men and by extension in the earth, cutting across every facet of human endeavor.
He began preaching thus as recorded. “1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (Matt. 5: 1-12).
Just as we all know that the Bible was not originally written in chapters and verses, it was eventually separated as such during translation to aid referencing and understanding.
The above quoted verses are often regarded as “The Beatitudes”. This is same for many other topics and captions like “the prodigal son”, “the Lord’s prayer”, “sermon on the mount” amongst many more.
He pronounced blessings on people, not just any person but certain people, blessed are the poor in spirit; blessed are they that mourn; blessed are the meek; ………….., and it goes on and on. After declaring such blessings, he spoke on and on till the 7th chapter and finally concluded that whosoever hears these words and does likewise is like a man that builds on a rock, and when the rains, wind and storms came, the house stood firm.
Of all that Jesus taught and the blessings He pronounced, one that is quiet captivating is “………..Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God…………….” (Verse 8 of chapter 5).
While growing up as a kid, I was taught about God, and that He is in heaven and loves me. I was also taught about heaven and hell, and things God would have me to do, and what He would have me refrain from. I learnt and yielded to the very best of my ability.
As I grew older, I came to the realization and understanding that there was more to life than the normal peripheral teachings or morals I had been acquainted with. I got to understand that there was a more real aspect of life which was the spirit dimension.
Back then, the best I ever heard, knew and experienced of God was just letters; at best I saw God as a mighty colossus standing aloft, with whom I could never have anything such as a close relationship with. The best I could ever do was to bow down and worship. Little did I know that what God really wanted was a relationship and what we humans needed was also a relationship.
The Bible says that God has put the quest of eternity in the hearts of men, therefore, a perception of God as a tyrant that must be approached with caution will only make the little oasis in the wilderness become totally dry and parched land. A perception of God as Master that demands absolute loyalty and does not in any way commit Himself to us will yield utter frustration and a feeling of worthlessness. Viewing God as a sacred deity who is lying in wait for the slightest sacrilege to be committed so as to vent out his anger in fullness will only breed a genre of people that are driven by terror and every act of loyalty and obeisance is a product of dread and repercussions for any form of rebellion.
In my previous pieces titled “When Is It Rightly the word of God Or Sorcery? (I)“, I clearly explained how the coming of Jesus totally turned the tables, and a close and intimate walk with God was made possible in the person of his spirit; “koinonia” it is.
It is undisputable that communication is the bridge upon which relationships are built, and relationship is said to be the way in which two or more people or group, countries e.t.c talk to, behave towards and deal with each other. It is a connection or association; the condition of being related. Communication has to deal with transmission of facts, details and information; the act of process of using words, sounds, signs or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings e.t.c to someone else.
God desires to have a consistent relationship which is the product of communication. Scripture makes it clear to us that we were reconciled back to God, we now have access to God through Jesus Christ, we have the spirit of God who bear witness of our son ship and is the proof and seal of our redemption. Rom. 5: 10, 2 Cor. 5: 18, Rom. 8: 18 give us this privileged information.
This means we can talk with God, and based on our definition of both communication and relationship, it is blatantly egregious that something visible, substantial and tangible has to be in view.
Again in my previous pieces “When Is It Rightly The word of God or Sorcery (I)“, stated that truth is not a statement of fact, but the substance of a reality.
The proof that God is God is that he is real and tangible. The Bible says that those things that are visible are proof of those that are invisible (Heb 11: 3).
This therefore means that if there is a theoretical base for this deity we call God (even though G.O.D is an acronym for Greatest order of Divinity, and not necessarily the name of Yahweh), then definitely there is a substantial reality that is accessible to all that are willing to reach out for an encounter with Him. The above establishment out rightly contradicts what I had upheld a child.
God is not some colossus seeking for the slightest opportunity to reproof and rebuke, God isn’t some tyrant seeking for the slightest opportunity to vent out his anger on some weak, fragile, naked, poor, wormlike creatures.
Recall that the Bible says we do not have a high priest that is not aware of our infirmities; this means that the one who created us is fully aware of our weak and feeble nature.
On the contrary, he is a loving, merciful, kind, compassionate and tender father, who loves us irrespective of whatever we do or not (the extent to which his love is however received is dependent on us, individually). His mercy is beyond our comprehension. Having a balanced revelation of all that God is, is one thing believers lack. More often than not, extreme mindsets are clinched to by believers.
There is no relationship without communication; and there is no communication without some form of visible tangible manifest of the two or more parties’ involved in that act.
What then does it mean to see God? He is a person and has an essence.
Before the above question is answered, I’d like to exonerate the person of this God in the few listed points in my next publication.
To be continued…………………