Blessed Are the Pure in Heart for They Shall See God

This is surely the most amazing thing that has ever been said to man, that you and I, such as we are, pressed with all the problems and troubles of this modern world, are going to see Him [the Lord] face to face. If we but grasped this, it would revolutionize our lives…Do you not agree that this is the biggest, the most momentous, the most tremendous thing that you can ever be told? Is it your supreme object, desire, and ambition to see God?          – Martin Lloyd-Jones

“As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness” (Psalm 17:15). To behold God’s face and to be changed by that vision into his image, so as to partake in his righteousness, this is my noble ambition; and in the prospect of this I cheerfully waive all my present enjoyments. My satisfaction is to come; I do not look for it as yet. I shall sleep awhile, but I shall wake at the sound of the trumpet; wake to everlasting joy, because I arise in your likeness, O my God and King! Glimpses of glory we have here below to stay our sacred hunger, but the full feast awaits us in the upper skies. Compared with this deep, ineffable, eternal fullness of delight, the joys of the worldlings are as a glowworm to the sun, or the drop of a bucket to the ocean.                        – Charles Spurgeon

The pure in heart are blessed because they will see God. Although this will not be ultimately true until the new heaven and earth, yet it is also true even now. Our perception of God and his ways, as well as our fellowship with him, depends on our purity of heart. The visio Dei (vision of God)—what an incentive to purity.                                                            – Don Carson



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