What the Gospels Say About the Treatment of the Poor
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The apostle John, inspired by the Holy Spirit, speaks from his heart the gospel intentions, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3John 1:2) Could we think any less of God’s heart for the poor and the sick through the gospel? Can we have faith in Gods love being stronger than the disabilities we see in the people who need help?
Jesus says, “For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.” (Mark 14:7)
We see gospel representations, by Christian ministries, that help to feed the poor and homeless. I am sure they have a heart to see improvement in the lives of the people they are helping. God sends us throughout the world, to teach His intentions of the gospel, that through the certainty of Gods word our lives and others can be changed. (Mark 16:15, John 8:32)
To See Jesus in the Gospel is to See God
Jesus said; “… Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) With this in mind, we read about Jesus blessing people everywhere He went, casting out demons and healing the sick. We can see the heart of God is to repair the broken and hurting people who need restoration.
Through Jesus we see reversal of the problems caused by the sins of Adam. The sin of Adam caused the sickness, poverty, and eternal death to come upon the world, and Jesus came to save the world from this misfortune. Jesus said; “The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing His work.” (John 14:10)
It is Gods will, having sent Jesus, to save the poor, the moment they are born again, from every physical, spiritual, emotional and moral problem they may be facing now or in the future. The intentions of God, through the gospel, is not only to free people from the bondage of sin, but also that they receive the free gift of righteousness in Christ. (2Corinthians 5:21)
Gospel Turnaround For the Poor In Spirit
Jesus blessed the poor in spirit by claiming theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The intentions of God sending Jesus from heaven, was to establish a new kingdom based on an unfailing principle that was not dependent on humans. This much greater kingdom, is based on the righteousness of Jesus. By becoming a Christian this righteousness is given to Gods followers as a gift. Paul said, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17) and “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” (Romans 3:22)
This gift of righteousness, which contains the great power of God, is to establish His intentions here on the earth through Jesus. Under the old covenant the blessings came to God’s people through their own works and established only through their own right actions, these actions being according to Gods laws. Under the new covenant, there is a far grander way of receiving these blessings, by faith in God’s word and the right actions of Jesus. Since it is no longer according to works of Gods people, to receive the blessings God wants them to have, these blessings are received by faith in Jesus and His works. How far a person wishes to delve into the gospel and receive these blessings is up to them. Beloved, Jesus has proclaimed these blessings to the poor in spirit, to lift their hearts in hope of the gospel. When faith is spoken in Gods word, the amazing gift of righteousness through Jesus, will bring about the good intentions God has according to His gospel to help the poor in spirit.