"Blessed Are the Poor in (Holy) Spirit"? (Matthew 5:3)

Robert H. Smith

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1998

Issue: Matthew (Vol. 18, No 4, Fall, 1998)

The first beatitude can be translated, "Blessed are those who lack powerful charismatic gifts." Matthew challenges those who are rich in ecstatic utterance, miracle, and exorcism but poor in righteousness and mercy.

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