Matthew 5.8 cont.
Oh the delight of the pure in heart, for they will see God.
What are we to make of all those occasions when God appears to have been seen by men and women?
It was a definite understanding that if anybody should see God then they would die.
Yet there does appear to be these people who seem to have seen God.
We can only conclude that they saw God in a human form and not in all His majestic heavenly form. Such glory and magnificence would be too great for any human being to be able to withstand, and they would, therefore, die.
However, the great promise of Jesus that the pure in heart will see God is a great thing to look forward to.
Is it a reward?
We have already seen that none of us are good enough to have a pure heart. We are all sinners, people who have turned away from God and gone our own way. Like the rest of mankind we have cut ourselves off from God with no hope of every finding our way back to Him.
The Bible tells us:
All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on Him the guilt and sins of us all – Isaiah 53.6 (NLT).
In our sin filled state:
It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God – Hebrews 10.31 (NLT).
However, we can be completely assured that our loving Heavenly Father did not want to leave anyone in a state where there was no way of returning to Him.
Therefore, He gives us assurance in His word:
16 This is the way in which God loved the world: it was so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who is believing in Him should not be lost, but might have eternal life.
17 For God did not send the Son into the world that He might judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him – John 3.16-2.
It is through the selfless, loving sacrifice of Jesus on the cross that every believer is washed clean
No amount of ‘good’ deeds could possibly earn a purity of heart.
The only way anyone can become pure is through the death of Jesus on the cross.
Therefore, the promise of Jesus that the pure in heart will see God is a tremendous promise that we know is given to us.