Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Mat 5:8
In a time when the Pharisees sought only to be perfect in their outward actions, the Lord says, “Blessed are the poor in heart”. Man may be carried away with outward appearance, but God looks at the heart (1 Sam 16:7).
The heart of man is naturally unclean. It isn’t in the power of man to make it clean either. This beatitude, like the others, emphasizes the need for salvation. Only upon salvation will man receive a new heart.
Ezekiel prophesied twice about God’s salvation plan- His “I Wills”.
“And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh”
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”
In Christ, we see man, who, though had sin dwelling in him, become justified from all sin, by the righteousness of Christ, and made clean through the word, or by the sentence of justification pronounced upon him in Christ.
This is on the account of Christ’s righteousness. In Him, those who believe have their iniquities forgiven. They have the grace of God work powerfully in their hearts, such that though they are imperfect, their heart is entirely pure.
Elsewhere, the Lord rebukes the Pharisees saying: “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? …A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things…” (Mathew 12:34-35).
In other words, the reason they did evil is because they were inherently evil. They needed a new heart to be pure and see God; same goes for the unregenerate man today.
To receive a new heart, man must believe in Jesus. Man’s heart can only be made pure by Christ, not by man himself!
Father, I received a new heart when I believed in Christ. The stony heart has been taken out of my flesh. My desires are God-ward.