Who Are Blessed?

Who Are Blessed?

Based on The New Testament

When the Spirit of God draws a lost soul to Jesus Christ, He breaths eternal life into him and enlightens him. The born-again Christian then starts studying God’s Word, the Scriptures, and becomes aware of his own wickedness. He realizes that he has broken God’s commandments many times, that he cannot meet God’s expectations, and that he would go to hell, were it not for Jesus Christ’s self-sacrifice, which made eternal life possible for all believers.

The Bible is the only source to find out what God expects of us and what the correct behavior is. During His presence on earth, Jesus Christ continuously taught the answers to these questions, and He set His own life as an example before us.

The following Bible verses, called beatitudes, explain who are blessed.

Beatitudes in the Four Gospels
 

• Beautitudes in the Sermon on the Mount recorded in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matt. 5:3–11)
“And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said,
Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled.
Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.” (Luke 6:20–22)”
• “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” (Matt. 11:6; Luke 7:23)
• Blessed were the disciples:

“But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.” (Matt. 13:16–17)
“And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.” (Luke 10:23–24)
• Blessed are those who haven’t seen Jesus, but still believe in Him, that is all Christians: “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
• Blessed are those—like Peter— to whom the Father reveals the Son: “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 16:17)
• “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” (Luke 11:28)
• Blessed are those who do good without taking their reward in their lifetime: “But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:13–14)
• Blessed are the Christians, who give food for the soul—the Gospel— to people, and whom Jesus when He comes back, will find so doing:

“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season. Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” (Matt. 24:45–46)
“Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them… And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” (Luke 12:37–43)

Beatitudes in the Book of Revelation
The Revelation to John contains 7 beatitudes in connection with the end times. The number 7 appears frequently in this book: there are 7 candlesticks, 7 stars, 7 churches, a Book sealed with 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 thunders, 7 plagues.

• “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Rev. 1:3)
• “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” (Rev. 14:13)
• “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” (Rev. 16:15)
• “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” (Rev. 19:9)
• “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” (Rev. 20:6)
• “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” (Rev. 22:7)
• “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Rev. 22:14)

Beatitudes in Other books of the New Testament
 

• Paul says, quoting David: “Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” (Rom. 4:7–8)
• In the epistle of James:

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (James 1:12)
“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”