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All articles & reviews tagged with beatitudes

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July 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Beatitudes – Holy hunger

A prominent concern of both Old and New Testaments is that men and women should lead holy lives. God said, 'Be holy, for I am holy', a command given to Moses (Leviticus 11:44), and appealed to by Peter as the norm for the New Testament believer (1 Peter 1:16). This, essentially, is the concern…

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June 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Beatitudes – Heirs to the earth

The Beatitudes speak of spiritual characteristics, particularly in man's relation to God. The order in which they are given is not arbitrary. The first characteristic, poverty in spirit, is fundamental to the exercise of the other qualities described. Next, whoever is not truly humbled before the Lord will scarcely be a mourner over sin.…

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May 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Beatitudes 3. The Happy Mourner

Today’s society is geared for entertainment. In a perceptive analysis of the effect of television on culture, Neil Postman has written: ‘When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainment, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become…

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April 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Beatitudes

There is a sublime paradox in the first two Beatitudes. We do not readily associate blessedness with poverty or mourning. That seems a contradiction in terms. Last month we saw that the Beatitudes describe the marks of the disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ - the 'hallmarks' of true Christian experience. We now turn…

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March 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Beatitudes: Blessedness

‘The Beatitudes’ is the name given collectively to the first part of ‘the Sermon on the Mount’, which comprises Matthew chapters 5 to 7. The Beatitudes are set out in verses 3 to 12 of chapter 5. These verses describe the ‘blessed’ ones, that is to say, the people who enjoy the favour of…

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