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The Beatitudes – Part 6

The Sixth Beatitude:  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

What does it mean to be pure in heart?  Dakes’ Bible says that it means to be pure and clean from anything that soils or corrupts.  This speaks of the cleanness of the inner man that takes place at the time of the New Birth.  When Jesus comes into our hearts He cleans up everything that is not like God.  We get further clarification of the meaning of the word clean when Jesus spoke to his disciples just before he washed their feet and was later betrayed by Judas Iscariot in John 13:10-11:

            10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

            11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he Ye are not all clean.

Jesus made it clear that he knew that Judas was not clean, although all of the other disciples were.

Scenario:  Mary Jean was a young lady who came to the Lord weary and broken after several years of prostitution and drug addiction.  She was so tired of the way of the streets and her old way of life.   When a young woman that was preaching at a street service told her about how to be saved, she ran to Jesus with her whole heart and was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost.   The joy of the Lord radiated from her when she entered the Temple for the first time the following Sunday morning.  She was so happy that she didn’t think about the clothes that she had on. She was just glad to be at church and among the Saints of God.  The only clothes that Mary Jane had were the ones that she wore while in the streets.  She wore fishnet stockings, a short and very tight skirt and a blouse that was way too revealing. Mary Jane was embarrassed when she saw how the others were dressed.  She bowed her head and whispered a prayer to the Lord, “Lord, whatever I need to do in order to live this life, please help me.”

Betty Jane, on the other hand, was raised in Holiness.  As a matter of fact, both of her parents were ministers.  Betty was so tired of the Holiness way of life.  She thought in her heart, “You can’t drink, smoke, dance, do drugs, go clubbing or any of the ‘fun’ things that life has to offer.”  She looked and even acted like her peers who were saved.  She was in the choir, her dress length was appropriate and not too tight, she carried a Bible to church and she had never had sex.  But she longed for the day that she could leave home.  “I’m going to drop this Holiness look and all of this church-going and be free!”  “Just wait until I go away to College.  I’ll show them who I really am.  Everybody at this church thinks I’m saved, but they’ll know the truth soon enough.”

Suddenly a loud trumpet sounded.  Everyone in the church looked up and there in a flash was our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in all His glory!  The Rapture happened instantly!  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the Saints were caught up to be with the Lord forever.  They would actually see God’s face in peace!  Hallelujah!

Question:  Of the two young ladies in our scenario only one was taken.  Did Mary Jane in her “Hooker Look” miss out on going with the Lord in the Rapture?  Or was it Betty Jane who was not a part of the group taken in the Rapture?  Why or Why not?  Does the condition of your heart matter?  The Sixth Beatitude says yes.  According to

1 Samuel 16:7 …“for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”