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The Beatitudes: The Meaning Of True Happiness

Matthew 5:3-12

Blessed – A state of being approved of by God
1 Timothy 1:11, 6:15

Being ‘blessed’ is a common theme throughout the Bible
.         Psalm 1, Numbers 6:24-26, 1 Peter 3:14, 4:14; Revelation 1:3
Being blessed is not the same as being ‘happy’ – Ephesians 4:22 (Lusts of deceit)

1.  The Beatitudes Are True of All Believers. 
.         They are ALL true of all believers.
2.  The Beatitudes are Paradoxical in Nature
.         Misery for the right reasons is the source for true  happiness – Ecclesiastes 2:1-9
3.  The Beatitudes Prove That Believers and Non-Believers Belong to Different Realms.