Beatitude #6- “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (from Matthew 5:8)
The heart (the core of our being) is to be pure, meaning our purity is to be inward and not merely outward in its manifestation. Why the heart’s primacy in attaining purity? Because “from it flow the springs of life”. (Proverbs 4:23) And, “for the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man”, Jesus said. (Matthew 15:18) Scripture further states, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord”. (Psalm 24:3-5)
“No man has seen God at any time” (John 1:18) He “whom no man has seen or can see”. (I Timothy 6:16) Not yet… To look upon Him in our present condition of impurity of heart would mean instant death! Even Moses didn’t look at Him directly. For the Mosaic law could not do what Christ through His Spirit must do in all who will inherit salvation; “the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord”. (Hebrews 12:14) However, one day we will see Him face to face, as the Scripture promises, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (I John 3:2-3) “We see now, dimly as in a mirror, but then face to face.” (I Corinthians 13:12) “We with an uncovered face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (II Corinthians 3:18). So it is the Spirit of God who prepares us through sanctification, through momentary light afflictions, as we behold Him as in a mirror, to one day see the Lord. “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (II Corinthians 4:17-18) Purification now. Glorification then and forever! Will you see God one day?