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'Blessed are the pure in heart'

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설교자 : Rev. Jang
본문말씀 : Matthew 5:8

September 17, 2017

 

‘Blessed are the pure in heart’

Matthew 5:8

 

Rev. Chan Young Jang’s Sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

1.

Delivering this series of sermons on the Beatitudes has been overwhelming for me, even though I am grateful for the opportunity. But the more I meditate upon them, the more I am amazed at the deep meanings contained in them. Especially, today’s passage requires more of concentrated attention and the help of the Holy Spirit to understand it fully, and it is not an exaggeration to declare that this sixth message is the climax of the Beatitudes. All the messages of the Beatitudes are precious, but today we are focusing on ‘those who are pure in heart’ and on the blessing for them to see God, and we keep thinking that this has to be the core message of Jesus’ Beatitudes. He mentioned His intention in the following passage.

 

Matthew 13:35  So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”  

 

Dear congregation, what do you think is ‘things hidden since the creation of the world’? Often we are touched by what we read in the Bible, but they were not hidden since the creation of the world. But the real purpose of the Beatitudes was letting us know the secret of Jesus that “I am the blessing” and that “I am the Incarnate here on earth”, so here He revealed Himself.

 

We are shocked by Him saying that ‘they will see God’. Have you ever seen God? How could it be possible for anyone to see God? The word Jesus used here is ‘Horaoh’ in Greek, and this word has the meaning of ‘seeing clearly and precisely’.

 

Now, what is the problem here? In the Old Testament and also in the New Testament, it was written that no one had seen God. Apostle John wrote, “No one has ever seen God” (John 1:18a).

 

Then, Apostle John made it clear what he meant by adding another statement.

 

John 1:18  No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.

 

This means that nobody has seen God, but those who have seen Jesus have seen God, as Jesus has revealed Himself in today’s message of the Beatitudes.

 

John 8:25-27  “Who are you?” they asked. “Just what I have claiming all along,” Jesus replied. “I have much to say in judgment of you. But He who sent me is reliable, and what I have heard from Him I tell the world.” They did not understand that He was telling them about His Father.

 

 

2.

Therefore, today’s passage of Jesus revealing Himself is the real good news of the Gospel, and this is the scene showing the redemptive plan of mankind through Him, which had been hidden since the creation of the world. But His disciples did not realize it at that time. Perhaps some of them thought He was just a good rabbi. Today’s message of ‘I am the blessing. Whoever has seen me will see God’ was understood by the disciples later on.

 

John 14:9  Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”

 

In today’s passage, He said that ‘Having seen me, you have seen God’, but He added the additional condition of ‘being pure in heart’ to see God. How are these two connected?

 

The word Jesus used to describe the ‘heart’ was ‘Kardia’in Greek, meaning the center of the body, and the best example of this word is: “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7b). This emphasizes that God does not pay much attention to the outward appearance, but pays His attention to the heart of the person. This must have shocked the Jews, as they had valued the appearances a lot, and the abuse of the law led them into believing that appearing to observe the law was more important than the truth. Subsequently, there were more laws and regulations for the Jews, about their body, their offerings and sacrifices, their priests and the Levites, the clean and unclean, the Gentiles, the sick, the dead, and the women, and they believed that obeying the laws and regulations would help them become holy.

 

But as the time went by, things began to deteriorate so much that Jesus said the following.

 

Matthew 23:25-28  “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisees! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bodies and everything unclean.”

 

And, the inside of our hearts are full of ‘unclean’ things, Jesus said.

 

Mark 7:21-23  “For from within, out of the men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean’.”

 

How can we have pure hearts with all these evils inside? Do you think any laws and regulations will keep our hearts clean? The purity in our hearts come from God and belongs to the kingdom of God. Therefore, it is not possible for humans to cleanse our hearts enough to be able to see God.

 

But there are many people being deceived by some ‘false Gospel’ and they are in fact misled by their ‘law of conduct’, ‘law of tradition’, ‘law of ego’, and ‘law of world values’. They are obsessed with their appearances, their achievements, their children, their possessions, their health and power, namely, all the worldly values. They are enslaved by ‘the law’ and nullifies the power of the cross, and the Bible calls them the ‘enemies of the cross of Christ’.

 

Philippians 3:18  “For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.”

 

Many Christian Jews who had converted from Judaism stayed in the early church, but also wanted to have the comfort of ‘the law’.

 

So, Apostle Paul criticized these members who were confusing the others in the church with their ‘law of conduct’, ‘law of tradition’, ‘law of ego’ and ‘law of world values’.

 

Galatians 4:9  “But now that you know God – or rather are known by God – how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?”

 

 

3.

Lately, ‘the purity in the heart’ has become a very popular subject in our lives, as TV, radio, and social media have been talking about how to achieve it. Even the Buddhists are taking advantage of this movement and have come up with ‘Temple stay’ to purify the hearts and minds. But Lord Jesus has said clearly that we cannot purify ourselves.

 

Jesus used ‘Kataros’ to describe the pure in heart and this word means ‘to clean, to keep it neat’, but it also means ‘flawless purity (not mixed with others)’, so this word is often used by the Jews when describing their sacrifices or their holy priests.

 

The problem with this word is that no one can attain this ‘flawless purity’ except God.

 

God wants us to realize that we can never become complete by observing the law, but only through Jesus, we can become the holy and blameless children of God.

 

Ephesians 1:4  “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.”

 

Galatians 3:23  “Before this faith (Lord Jesus) came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.”

 

We had been held prisoners by the law until Lord Jesus came to redeem us by His sacrificial death on the cross.

 

Galatians 4:5  “God sent His Son to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.”

 

These statements of Apostle Paul are quite surprising, considering that in earlier times, he had believed the law could change his life by purifying him. Remember his confession about his previous life, “As for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless”(Philippians 3:6).

 

Then, does this mean that the law is unnecessary or worthless? No, Paul does not declare that the law is unnecessary or worthless, but he wants us to clearly realize ‘the limit and reality of the law’.

 

 

4.

Now everything is clear. By saying that ‘Blessed are the pure in heart’, Jesus has declared ‘War against the law’that had been the master of our lives under false pretenses and under the influence of Satan.

 

John 20:31  “But these are written that you may have believe … and that by believing you may have life in His name.”

 

We can become ‘the pure in heart’ only by the grace of God. Therefore, today’s message is telling us about the coming of ‘the age of the Holy Spirit’ in the future, after the passing of ‘the age of law’ and ‘the age of grace’.

 

Only those who have seen the One and Only Son of God and witnessed His sacrificial death on the cross can become the pure in heart through the blood of Jesus. Apostle John described this as follows.

 

1 John 1:7b  “And the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.”

 

Apostle Peter also realized that only Jesus was blameless and perfect, and only with the blood of Jesus, we could become pure.

 

1 Peter 1:19  “You were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

 

I want to share another passage of the Bible so that we can fully comprehend today’s message of ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God’.

 

Hebrews 9:13-14  The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

 

Now, I want to introduce someone who had figured out this secret 1,000 years before Jesus came down to earth. This man is David. How did he discover the secret that had been hidden since the creation of the world?

 

David, a man of God, was in despair and struggling with his sins. That is one of the reasons for God to love him so much.

 

Psalms 51:1-3  “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my inequity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.”

 

He was so in agony that he felt he had been sinful even before birth.

 

Psalms 51:5  “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”

 

After admitting the sinfulness within him, he prayed fervently as follows.

 

Psalms 51:6-10  “Surely you desire truth in the inner parts (Kardia); you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse (Kataros) me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow…Create in me a pure heart (Kardia), O God, and renew a steadfast spirit in me.”

 

In the Old Testament hyssop was used to sprinkle the blood of lamb or goat to purify the unclean during the purification ceremonies. In the Bible David foreshadows Jesus, the future Messiah. That is why Jesus is called as ‘the root of David’ or ‘the Offspring of David’. And here David prayed to God to be cleansed with hyssop to have a pure heart.

 

There is more explanation about cleansing with blood in the Hebrews.

 

Hebrews 9:22  In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

 

David was also pleading to God not to take away the Holy Spirit who would keep him clean and pure.

 

Psalms 51:11 “Do not cast me from your presence or take the Holy Spirit from me.”

 

We are aware that the Holy Spirit is the only one that can keep us in Lord Jesus and keep us clean and blameless so that we can become the children of the Lord, and only Holy Spirit can lead us away from ‘the life under the law’ and into ‘the life under the grace’. The Holy Spirit lets us discover the secret of being purified by the blood of Christ.

 

Now, let us repeat the following passage so that we can carve them in our hearts.

 

Hebrews 9:13-14  The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

 

Let us pray sincerely with our earnest request such as this. “Dear Holy Spirit, I am not clean nor pure in heart. My sin is always before me. I know I cannot be cleansed by any zeal in the law. I believe that I will be cleansed by the precious blood of the Lord who is blameless and perfect as the Lamb of God. Dear Holy Spirit, take me away from the law, cleanse my heart and my soul with the blood of the Lord, and create in me a pure heart.”

 

Let us sing the closing hymn; ‘Create in me a pure heart’   


   

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