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-------------"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
-------------— Matthew 5:9
-------------This is the seventh of the beatitudes: and seven was the number of
-------------perfection among the Hebrews. It may be that the Saviour placed the
-------------peacemaker the seventh upon the list because he most nearly approaches
-------------the perfect man in Christ Jesus. He who would have perfect blessedness, so
far as it can be enjoyed on earth, must attain to this seventh benediction, and become a
peacemaker. There is a significance also in the position of the text. The verse which
precedes it speaks of the blessedness of "the pure in heart: for they shall see God." It is
well to understand that we are to be "first pure, then peaceable." Our peaceableness is
never to be a compact with sin, or toleration of evil. We must set our faces like flints
against everything which is contrary to God and His holiness: purity being in our souls a
settled matter, we can go on to peaceableness. Not less does the verse that follows
seem to have been put there on purpose. However peaceable we may be in this world,
yet we shall be misrepresented and misunderstood: and no marvel, for even the Prince
of Peace, by His very peacefulness, brought fire upon the earth. He Himself, though He
loved mankind, and did no ill, was "despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and
acquainted with grief." Lest, therefore, the peaceable in heart should be surprised when
they meet with enemies, it is added in the following verse, "Blessed are they which are
persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Thus, the
peacemakers are not only pronounced to be blessed, but they are compassed about
with blessings. Lord, give us grace to climb to this seventh beatitude! Purify our minds
that we may be "first pure, then peaceable," and fortify our souls, that our
peaceableness may not lead us into cowardice and despair, when for Thy sake we are
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5:1 The Beatitudes
And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His
disciples came to Him. 2 Then 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 those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for 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 sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil
against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your
reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
"Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used
by permission. All rights reserved."
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