The Poor in Spirit

September 26, 2017


Kath Wong

Dear friends, Who Are the Poor in Spirit?

One day, I saw that the Lord Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). I pondered: The Lord likes the poor in spirit. Those who are not poor in spirit cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Then, what kind of people are the poor in spirit?

When we had a meeting, I discussed about this question with my brothers and sisters.

Sister Yang said, “In my opinion, the poor in spirit the Lord Jesus said refer to those who have a wildly arrogant disposition but do not hold on to their own notions and imaginations and can seek the truth, pay attention to hearing God’s voice, and accept and obey God’s work. As it is recorded in the Bible, ‘Philip finds Nathanael, and said to him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said to him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael said to him, From where know you me? Jesus answered and said to him, Before that Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you. Nathanael answered and said to him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel’ (John 1:45-49).

From these verses, we see that Nathanael was a humble person. When he heard that the Lord Jesus was the Messiah, the coming One, and saw that the Lord Jesus spoke with authority and power and examined the depths of people’s hearts, being different from ordinary people, he ignored the humble background of the Lord Jesus, and could put down his own notions and imaginations and humbly seek His work. Finally, he welcomed the coming of the Messiah and attained the Lord’s salvation.”

Brother Zhan continued, “At Sister Yang’s words, I also think of a story recorded in the Bible that an Ethiopian eunuch who was of power accepted the gospel of the Lord Jesus. The scriptures say, ‘And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray you, of whom speaks the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached to him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came to a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what does hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God’ (Acts 8:34-37). The Ethiopian eunuch was a person who sought with a humble heart. Although he was of power and status, he was not at all influenced by them but humbly sought the truth. After he heard the acts of Jesus that Philip preached to him, he happily accepted Jesus as his Savior.”

Hearing their words, I felt good and said, “After your fellowships, I know that the humble do not stick to their own opinions. They can seek what is from God, put down their notions while realizing that they are wrong, and accept and obey God’s work. Take Nathanael for example: He had conceptions about the Lord Jesus at the beginning, thinking, ‘Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?’ But after he heard the Lord Jesus’ word, he changed his views and opinions, and then followed the Lord Jesus.”

Henry Lubega

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