“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8 (ESV)
Being poor in spirit, mourning over one’s sin, being meek and hungering and thirsting for righteousness has corresponding results in the believer’s behavior. It begins with being merciful to others as God has been merciful to the believer in Christ. It continues with being pure in heart. What does it mean to be pure in heart?
“Blessed are the pure in heart.” Opinion is divided as to whether these words of Christ refer to the new heart received at regeneration or to that moral transformation of character that results from a Divine work of grace having been wrought in the soul. Probably both aspects of the truth are combined here. It would appear that the purity of heart which our Savior pronounced His blessing is that internal cleansing that both accompanies and follows the new birth. Thus, inasmuch as no inward purity exists in the natural man, that purity attributed by Christ to the godly man must be traced back, as to its beginnings, to the Spirit’s sovereign work of regeneration,” explains commentator A.W. Pink.
Pure (καθαρός; katharos) means to be clean and innocent (Luke 11:41; John 13:11; James 1:27). This purity is to be in the individual’s heart (καρδία; kardia). This comes by the monergistic work of the Holy Spirit (John 3:1-21; Titus 3:1-5).
This purity in heart is not merely outward. It penetrates to the believer’s core. It impacts the intellect, emotions and will. It is freedom from defilement and divided affections. It is sincerity and integrity. It is a singleness of purpose. It is the opposite of hypocrisy and duplicity.
The result of such purity in the heart of the believer in Christ is the promise of seeing God. This is not only a future fulfillment (I John 3:1-3), but also a present promise. “The pure in heart possess spiritual discernment. With the eyes of their understanding they obtain clear views of the Divine character and perceive the excellency of His attributes. When the eye is single the whole body is full of light,” states Mr. Pink.
“Seeing God is a gift of the gospel of Christ. Long ago, Moses knew the desire to see God’s glory (Ex. 33:18), and David prayed for this “one thing” alone, that “I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple” (Ps. 27:4). The biblical witness so consistently points to the fact that we are made with the divinely designed yearning for God that the early Christians spoke of our great hope as the “beatific vision” of God,” explains commentator Michael Allen.
May each of us have the “beatific vision” of God. Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Soli deo Gloria!