Continuing the Mere Fidelity series of discussions on the Beatitudes, Alastair, Derek, and Matt talk about the blessing for those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. It’s not as clear as it might at first seem. Specifically, why are there two beatitudes for persecution? What is the righteousness that is being persecuted? Why do multiple beatitudes promise the Kingdom of Heaven to the poor and to the persecuted? The answers to these questions have very real consequences for situations that you could find yourself in today.

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Timestamps:

No Joking Matter [0:00]

Old Testament Persecution and Blessing [1:26]

Matt and Derek disagree. [5:15]

Which righteousness? [8:46]

Righteousness Outside the Kingdom [17:29]

For the Sake of the Righteousness [25:02]

Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. [31:03]

Matt wins. [34:32]

 

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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