The Eighth Beatitude – by Desmond Ford
- Bible study
- Christian Evidences
- Christian Living
- Dr Desmond Ford
- New Testament
Feb 29, 2016 1686
The Beatitudes are eight, but really consist of the seven characteristics of the true Christian, with a special benediction given on all the seven. The first seven ”blesseds” describe the characteristics whereas the eighth ”blessed” describes what will happen if you have the previous seven.
The Sermon is full of paradoxes. You would expect that when you have described the perfect person – someone pure, merciful, a peacemaker – that such a person would be crowned, elevated, esteemed. But Jesus says, when you are pure, merciful, and a peacemaker, look out! You are going to be martyred. “Blessed are those who are persecuted” (Mt 5:10). You are going to be despised, hated, rejected, and maligned.
So what is called the Eighth Beatitude is actually only a description of the inevitable destiny of all mature Christians. If you expect the world to love you, it won’t. The day will come when he that kills you thinks he is doing God’s service. If they treated the Master of the house this way, won’t they also treat the servants the same way?
– Des Ford. Rom 8:27–32. Adapted from “Christ’s Recipe for Lasting Happiness – Part 1.”