Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
“ Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
And turning His gaze toward His disciples, He began to say, “ Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.
He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.
but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Now when they told Jotham, he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim, and lifted his voice and called out. Thus he said to them, “Listen to me, O men of Shechem, that God may listen to you.
Therefore the Lord God of Israel declares, ‘ I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father should walk before Me forever’; but now the Lord declares, ‘Far be it from Me—for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed.
Micaiah said, “ If you indeed return safely the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, “ Listen, all you people.”
“Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wickedness, And from the Almighty to do wrong.
Who shows no partiality to princes Nor regards the rich above the poor, For they all are the work of His hands?
“It is changed like clay under the seal; And they stand forth like a garment.
Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention to the words of my mouth.
“I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.
“Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, For blessed are they who keep my ways.
“How then will one answer the messengers of the nation? That the Lord has founded Zion, And the afflicted of His people will seek refuge in it.”
The afflicted also will increase their gladness in the Lord, And the needy of mankind will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
“But I will leave among you A humble and lowly people, And they will take refuge in the name of the Lord.
So I pastured the flock doomed to slaughter, hence the afflicted of the flock. And I took for myself two staffs: the one I called Favor and the other I called Union; so I pastured the flock.
So it was broken on that day, and thus the afflicted of the flock who were watching me realized that it was the word of the Lord.
the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand:
As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.”
Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.
But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.
and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you
No one of the rulers or Pharisees has believed in Him, has he?
And he said, “Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,
and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
but just as it is written, “ Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
So then let no one boast in men. For all things belong to you,
For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.
as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,
so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering.
Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.
But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position;
Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.