“Pure, Peaceful, and Persecuted”

Those who possess the characteristics indicated in the beatitudes have been blessed by God (Mat.5:3-12). They are the true followers of Christ whose righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees (Mat.5:20). Though the blessing of God is on their lives presently, the beatitudes promise future blessings which are associated with the coming kingdom of heaven.
The pure in heart will see God (v.8); the peacemakers will be called sons of God (v.9); the persecuted possess the kingdom of heaven, and can look forward to a great reward (vv.10-12). Like the first five beatitudes, the remaining three also point toward future blessings. Those whose hearts have been purified through the blood of Christ will see the face of God in His eternal kingdom (Rev.22:4). The peacemakers will be called or revealed as the sons of God when the whole creation is delivered from corruption at the establishment of God’s kingdom on the earth (Rom.8:18-23). When Christ returns, those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake will inherit the kingdom of heaven (Mt.25:31-34).