Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
I. By the poor in spirit are meant THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CONVINCED OF THEIR SPIRITUAL POVERTY. All without Christ are wretched, blind, naked, poor. They are sensible of their wants; the higher their attainments, the deeper their humiliation. Have high thoughts of Christ. We are not to understand the poor in this world; not the poor-spirited or cowardly in the service of Christ; not the excessively timid and poor-spirited.
II. IN WHAT DOES THEIR BLESSEDNESS CONSIST? By whom was this assurance given? By Him who is the source of all blessings. They are heirs of the kingdom of peace, righteousness, and joy.
Parallel VersesKJV: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.