“Blessed are the pure in heart” – Q&A #4

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Question: What should we do to make our hearts pure?

Answer: One Bible commentator suggests that the Greek word for pure used in this
Beatitude, is one which indicates that a person has been through a process of “purification,” or cleansing. That word purification, which means “to make pure,” is one that is used a lot in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. Another word for that process of cleansing is baptism. You may remember that term from a previous lesson.

“Our baptism is a purification from all error.” (S&H 35)

“The purification or baptismals that come from Spirit, develop, step by step, the original likeness
of perfect man.” (Mis. 18)

“The baptism of the Holy Ghost is the spirit of Truth cleansing from all sin; giving mortals new
motives, new
purposes, new affections, all pointing upward.” (Mis. 151)

“The baptism of Spirit, washing the body of all the impurities of flesh, signifies that the pure
in heart see God and are approaching spiritual Life and its demonstration.” (S&H 241)

Remember, the Beatitudes are our sign posts guiding our spiritual journey, and this
Beatitude shows we are heading in the right direction:

“The purification of sense and self is a proof of progress. ‘Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.’” (S&H 324)

Further Study: Read the story of Daniel and his friends in Daniel 1:1-21. They wanted to keep themselves pure by not eating the king’s meat.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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