The beatitudes as ultimate blessing

I’ve posted lots on this blog from Thomas Watson’s exposition of the beatitudes and will be preaching them myself in a few weeks time as we start the Sermon on the Mount.  John M. Frame really helpful points out (in The Doctrine of God chapter 20) that those who display the beatitudes are blessed and so:

God is supremely blessed, because he is the full embodiment, indeed the archetype, of the virtues described in the beatitudes and elsewhere in Scripture.  Those virtues bring out the best life possible, including supreme satisfaction, and that satisfaction belongs to God.

…God’s blessedness shows us that the greatest possible happiness is to be found only by imaging the blessedness of God himself.  We can see this image perfectly in the life of Jesus.

We began this chapter by looking at perfection, and we now come full circle, ending with blessedness, that quality of life possessed by one who embodies all perfections.  What a wonderful God we have! [p445]

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

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