Beeke, Joel R. & Smalley, Paul
This book engages in an in-depth examination and analysis of Christ's perfect portrait of the Christian. None of us will ever reflect that portrait perfectly. However, as deficient and feeble as our spiritual life may at times be, if you are a Christian, the seven traits of Christ's portrait will manifest themselves. To put it simply, the Beatitudes are a complete package- it is all or nothing. When the Spirit of God works in us, He will produce all seven of these marks: poverty in spirit, mournfulness, meekness, a hunger and thirst after righteousness, mercy, purity in heart (and life!), and peacemaking.
Bartel Elshout is a minister of the gospel in the Heritage Reformed Congregations. He is the translator of Wilhelmus á Brakel's The Christian's Reasonable Service and Theodore VanderGroe's The Christian's Only Comfort in Life and Death.
"If you want a basic, edifying book that provides a scriptural paradigm of genuine experiential Christianity flowing from the teachings of our Lord, I would recommend this little gem. Read it slowly, meditatively, and prayerfully." -Joel R. Beeke, president of Puritan Reformed Theological seminary and a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation, Grand Rapids, Michingan.
"Rev. Elshout has the gift to bring Christ's message close to our hearts. As always, his exegesis is thorough, and it includes the necessary call to self-examination. I whole-heartedly reccommend this book." -Rev. Cornelis Harinck, pastor of the Reformed Congregations in the Netherlands since 1962