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Light and Life Community Chapel
Last Sunday we were staying in a cottage in the Bruce Peninsula and visited Light and Life Community Chapel, Tobermory.
The Pastor, Jerry Clubine, was preaching on Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” He pointed out that poverty is usually considered a bad thing, so how can Jesus say it is blessed?
The answer is in how we define what it means to be poor in spirit. What Jesus is talking about is a recognition that we do not have what we need by ourselves, but need God to give us a “download” of his spiritual filling. The poverty is a recognition of need.
I think this was an excellent explanation of the text, but I had a couple of thoughts about it afterwards that I would liked to have been able to discuss with Jerry.
Taken together, these two passages would seem to suggest that Christians can live in spiritual poverty, even though Christ’s wealth is available to them. Their problem is thinking that they have a wealth independent of Christ. The truly rich Christian is one who lives in recognition of total dependence on the riches of Christ.