Matthew 5:8 (ESV)

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

Read Matthew Chapter 5

“Who Will See God?”

Today’s Beatitude is a shift from the previous in that the outcome is not the kingdom of heaven, or that we will be comforted, inherit the earth, find satisfaction, or receive mercy. No, what flows from this Beatitude is that WE SHALL SEE GOD!

But who are the “we” mentioned here? Who will see God?

Those who are “pure in heart.” Wait, don’t leave!

This isn’t like those prank videos where someone thinks they’ve won a million dollars only to find out their friends are playing a trick on them. Jesus is obviously not pranking us. And He’s not telling us that no one will see God. But I do believe He is pulling the rug out from under our feet!

The majority of people believe when they die they will go to heaven. If you ask them why they will likely tell you it’s because they are a good person. But Jesus says in the first Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). To be poor in spirit means you know you could never be good enough. If you think you are, that is the opposite of being poor in spirit and that assumption puts you in imminent and possibly eternal danger (unless you repent and turn to Jesus Christ)!

I see this Beatitude in the same Light. There are many people who after reading these Beatitudes walk away feeling pretty good about themselves. After considering each point carefully and examining their lives, they see they are poor in spirit, they mourn over sin, they are meek, they hunger and thirst for righteousness and they are wonderfully merciful.

Oh the blessings that obviously await them, right?

If you can take personal inventory of your life and check off a “YES” to each of these Beatitudes, you need to go back to the first and rethink your results! Then while you’re at it, check your heart!

Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”

Jesus said to the Pharisees and scribes in Matthew 15:7-9, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:

8 ‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
9 in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'”

He also said in Matthew 23:27, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.”

One of the Pharisees asked Jesus in Matthew 22:36-40, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Jesus is always about the heart. He tells the Pharisees in Matthew 23:26, “You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean” and in Luke 6:45 “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

To be pure in heart is partially to be honest before God with a single-minded devotion to Him and where we are before Him. Our intentions and motives matter and our commitment to Him is constantly challenged by Him. Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:24).

He meant it then and He means it now!

But part of being pure in heart is also being honest with ourselves. Do we really want to be pure in heart or do we enjoy those ungodly thoughts and actions that bring us a satisfaction that we can’t get from God?

Psalm 130:23 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!”

Is that our prayer? Do we really want God to search us and know our hearts? Do we really want Him to know our thoughts? Jesus said in John 3:19, “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.”

He goes on to say in the next verse, “For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed” (John 3:20). I used to think this verse meant the wicked things I do in secret will be exposed to others and I would be caught like a rat in a trap. But the more I consider it, the more I also see an exposure that comes from God directly to me – wicked things that cause me to not be pure in heart.

To be pure in heart is to want God to expose those areas of my life that are sinful and impure.  I want to see God now in the spiritual sense while on earth and also forevermore in eternal fellowship with Him.

Father, search me and know my heart. Try me and know my thoughts. Reveal to me, oh God, all those things that are hidden from my sight and from my awareness that are impure and need to go. Reveal my sin, hypocrisy, double-mindedness or anything else you find to others so that I am exposed publicly if that is what’s necessary for me to see you now and in eternity. Whatever it takes Lord. I hold nothing back from you. I want to see you . . . 

Thank you for reading my Daily Bible Journal!

Reading, reflecting and writing from the Bible has so radically impacted my life in Christ, it’s as if I’ve been on auto-pilot when reading the Bible in the past. There’s something about “sitting with the text” and through prayerful reflection, sharing what comes to mind. Because I’m posting online for others to read, I consider my words carefully and try to be clear and accurate.

This daily process enhances my understanding of God’s Word and embeds it into my conscience. It literally gets “hidden in my heart!”

I hope this encourages others to be in God’s Word every day.

For God’s Glory,

~Scott Quillin