The next rewardable attribute in our series is “pure in heart.” Jesus says that the” pure in heart will see God.” Does this mean that only the pure in heart will gain entrance into the Kingdom? Certainly not! The Bible is clear that the only requirement for entrance into the Kingdom is belief in Jesus for everlasting life. In John 11:26, Jesus says:
“Whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”
The pure in heart that shall see God are believers who will be rewarded for remaining pure in heart until the end.
So, if seeing God isn’t merely admittance into the Kingdom, what could it be? There are a few ways that we can say that we “see God.” First, we see Him in the pages of the Bible. He has revealed Himself to us in His Word and while we study, we see glimpses of who He is. But any person–even those who are far from pure– can pick up a Bible and see God inside.
We also see God in the person of Jesus Christ. In John 14:9, Jesus says to Philip, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” Jesus is God in the flesh. The apostles saw His face, and one day, every believer will see the face of Jesus. This will not be reserved only for the pure in heart.
“…but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” 1 Jn 3:2b
Matthew 5 suggests a special kind of seeing God. This is a reward of intimacy. A consistent theme throughout the Bible is special intimacy with God as a reward for faithfulness.
“You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companions.” Hebrews 1:9
“Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, not sworn deceitfully.” Psalm 24:3-4
In Matthew 8:11, Jesus speaks to the centurion who had great faith: “And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.”
A special reward of closeness and fellowship with God is promised to the faithful–the pure in heart. They are promised a better seat at the feasts, a chance to sit with Jesus on His throne, and more intimate time with God. The pure in heart will see Him! How exciting!
“And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.” Revelation 22:3-4
So, what does it mean to be pure in heart?
The Greek word for “pure” in Matthew 5 is Kathros, which means “clean.” We are to have a clean heart that has been washed by the water of the Word and remains without blemish before God. A clean heart is set apart from the world, holy, pure in action and word, and faithful in its devotion to God.
“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this…to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27
Noah’s heart was faithful while he obeyed God’s command to build the ark and as his friends and neighbors mocked him. David’s heart was quick to repent when confronted with sin. He sought after God wholeheartedly and never bowed his knee to idols. Job’s heart was clean while he walked through deep grief. He refused to curse God. Paul’s heart was pure although he endured incredible trials.
The person who is pure in heart is not double minded. They seek God to draw near to Him and do not stray. They do not allow the distractions of the world to take their focus from Jesus. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
God has given us an incredible opportunity to earn the rewards that Jesus outlines in Matthew 5. And as we have learned, those with a clean heart toward God will earn the special privilege of intimate time with Him for eternity. Anyone can enter into the Kingdom by believing in Jesus for everlasting life, but His faithful and pure-hearted servants will have greater fellowship with Him. I pray that we all strive for that profound honor!
Written By Megan Veronisa