“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
There is a reality found in scripture that not all will enter into the kingdom of heaven. To the modern ear, this can sound harsh, but it is a truth found in the word of God. Matthew 7:21 says “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Yes, scripture is clear that only some will enter the Kingdom, and Matthew 5:8 tells us it is those who are “pure in heart.”
“Heart” translates kardia, from which we get cardiac and similar terms. In some scripture, it represents the emotion, feelings, motives and the will of the person. The heart is the control center of the mind and will as well as emotion.
“Pure” translates katharos, the basic meaning is to make pure by cleansing from dirt, filth, and contamination. Applied to the heart, the idea is that of pure motive—single-mindedness—undivided devotion. James said to his readers, “ purify your hearts you double-minded” (James 4:8).
Negatively, we can imagine this idea from everyday life if we reflect on those people who, having been introduced to us, keep talking and smiling, while at the same time looking behind and around us at other people and things. They really are not interested in us; they only see us as objects or a means to an end. In the God-man relationship, such behavior is scandalous.
Positively stated then, “pure” is represented by the words focus, absorption, concentration, sincerity, and singleness. This is a supernatural, sovereign work of God that He does in you (Ezek. 36:25-27).
First, let us look at a negative example—Judas. When you look at his outward qualities, he seemed to have all the qualities of being a true disciple. However, his true devotion was proven when he chose wealth over Christ.
Second, we will look at a positive example. Noah was a man of undivided devotion. So were Abraham and Moses. We could also discuss Elijah, Gideon, and David. The list goes on. In Hebrews 11, we learn that these men, among others, had an undivided devotion that was fueled by their faith in God.
The great blessing of those who are pure in heart is the that they shall see God The Greek is in the future indicative tense and middle voice, and a more literal translation is, “They shall be continuously seeing God for themselves.” It is only they, the pure in heart, who shall see God. Intimate knowledge of and fellowship with God is reserved for the pure. When our hearts are purified at salvation, we begin to live in the presence of God. We begin to see and to comprehend Him with our new eyes.