ENJOY THE SONG
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”Matthew 5:8.
The heart is the seat of all true righteousness, and of all wickedness. To be pure in heart, does not mean to be sinless. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Nevertheless, a person can love God to the degree that his motives and desires are to live a pure life, and please Him. This is the meaning here.
A great example is found in the following text. “46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” John 1:46-47. Also, “With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.” 2 Samuel 22:27. We see this desire demonstrated in the 42nd Psalm. “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” Psalm 42:1-2.
The following, no doubt, speaks of this remnant of Jews. “3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. Psalm 24:3-6. No doubt, the “hill of the LORD” is a reference to the Kingdom of Heaven.
The comment that they shall “see God,” is a figure of speech. First of all, God is invisible. “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:” Colossians 1:15. Also, “And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.” Exodus 33:20.
No doubt, the comment refers to a manifestation of God in some form. “And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.” Exodus 20:21. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD.” Exodus 19:9. “ And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: 22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.” Exodus 13:21-22.
God is also a consuming fire. Thus, how He will manifest Himself to those within the Kingdom of Heaven is not certain, but it is certain that they will see Him. His presence will abide with them forever.