Selected Teachings on
The Covenant Implications of the Beatitudes

Seen through the lens of the Covenant, Jesus' beatitudes are as insightful as they are beautifully concise.
Covenant Implications
3 Nephi 12:3. Yea, blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The kingdom of heaven is the crowning promise to those who abide in the covenant. They become kings and queens under Christ. (see Kings and Priests)
  • D&C 132:19. ...Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; and if it be after the first resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths....
  • Revelation 3:21. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
  • 1 Samuel 2:8. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them.
3 Nephi 12:4. And again, blessed are all they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. The covenant is sometimes referred to as "the covenant of peace" (Numbers 25:12-13). Perhaps the promise of comfort is related to this "peace" aspect of the covenant.
  • Numbers 25:12-13. Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.
  • Malachi 2:5My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
  • Isaiah 54:10. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
3 Nephi 12:5. And blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Inheriting the earth is the ultimate fulfillment of the promise of obtaining a promised land.
  • D&C 88:17-18, 20. And the redemption of the soul is through him that quickeneth all things, in whose bosom it is decreed that the poor and the meek of the earth shall inherit it.
    Therefore, it must needs be sanctified from all unrighteousness, that it may be prepared for the celestial glory;...
    That bodies who are of the celestial kingdom may possess it [the earth] forever and ever; for, for this intent was it made and created, and for this intent are they sanctified.
3 Nephi 12:6. And blessed are all they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost.
To be "filled" with the Holy Ghost means to receive a "fulness of the Holy Ghost," which connotes receiving the promise of eternal life.

D. Todd Christofferson (Quorum of the Twelve)

In the Kirtland Temple dedicatory prayer ... the Prophet petitioned, "And do thou grant, Holy Father, that all those who shall worship in this house … may grow up in thee, and receive a fulness of the Holy Ghost" (D&C 109:14–15). The "fulness of the Holy Ghost" includes what Jesus described as "the promise which I give unto you of eternal life, even the glory of the celestial kingdom; which glory is that of the church of the Firstborn, even of God, the holiest of all, through Jesus Christ his Son" (D&C 88:4–5). ("The Power of Covenants" Ensign, May 2009, 19–23, footnote #5)

3 Nephi 12:7. And blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Only as we keep our covenant with God to extend mercy toward others do we have access to the mercy of the Lord's covenant with us. Indeed, obtaining mercy for extending mercy is a godly exchange.

"Blessed are the merciful." Extending mercy toward others is one of the covenant commandments we have agreed to obey (see 3 Ne. 12:38-45; Mosiah 26:31).

"They shall obtain mercy." God's condescension in offering the covenant to man is, in itself, an act of great mercy (see Isaiah 55:3; 54:10; 2 Ne. 9:53). In reality, God's mercy is unattainable by mankind except through the covenant He has offered us.

  • D&C 54:6. But blessed are they who have kept the covenant and observed the commandment, for they shall obtain mercy.
  • Psalms 25:10. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
  • Psalms 89:28. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
  • Deuteronomy 7:9. Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations (see also 1 Kings 8:23; Daniel 9:4; Nehemiah 1:5; 9:32; 2 Chronicles 6:14; Deut. 7:12)
  • Luke 1:68-75. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenantThe oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
3 Nephi 12:8. And blessed are all the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Elsewhere in scripture this promise is connected with covenant temple worship.
  • D&C 97:15-16. And inasmuch as my people [ie. those who "observe their covenants" (vs. 8)] build a house unto me in the name of the Lord, and do not suffer any unclean thing to come into it, that it be not defiled, my glory shall rest upon it; Yea, and my presence shall be there, for I will come into it, and all the pure in heart that shall come into it shall see God.

It is also clear from scripture that the privilege of seeing God is only made available through the higher ordinances of the Melchizedek priesthood (available only to covenant members of His church who are pure in heart).

  • D&C 84:19-22. And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God. Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest. And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh; For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.
3 Nephi 12:9. And blessed are all the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. "Blessed are the peacemakers." A peacemaker, scripturally speaking, is one who "publishes peace," that is, one who declares the gospel message. It is also one who accepts the gospel message and implements it into their lives as taught by the Lord's messengers, or peace publishers.

"They shall be called the children of God." By both accepting and then sharing the covenant message of peace we obey the law of adoption whereby we become the children of Christ and heirs of the kingdom of God. (see Law of Adoption)

  • Mosiah 15:10-14. And now I say unto you, who shall declare his generation? Behold, I say unto you, that when his soul has been made an offering for sin he shall see his seed. And now what say ye? And who shall be his seed? Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea, all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord—I say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are the heirs of the kingdom of God. For these are they whose sins he has borne; these are they for whom he has died, to redeem them from their transgressions. And now, are they not his seed? Yea, and are not the prophets, every one that has opened his mouth to prophesy, that has not fallen into transgression, I mean all the holy prophets ever since the world began? I say unto you that they are his seed. And these are they who have published peace, who have brought good tidings of good, who have published salvation; and said unto Zion: Thy God reigneth!
  • JST Genesis 14:33. And now, Melchizedek was a priest of this order; therefore he obtained peace in Salem, and was called the Prince of peace.
  • Alma 13:18. But Melchizedek having exercised mighty faith, and received the office of the high priesthood according to the holy order of God, did preach repentance unto his people. And behold, they did repent; and Melchizedek did establish peace in the land in his days; therefore he was called the prince of peace, for he was the king of Salem; and he did reign under his father.
  • Numbers 25:12-13. Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.
3 Nephi 12:10-12. And blessed are all they who are persecuted for my name’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

And blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake;

For ye shall have great joy and be exceedingly glad, for great shall be your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.

To be treated ill by the same kinds of people who ill-treated Christ and his prophets is a strong testimony to the fact that one is living as they lived and proclaiming the same truths they declared. One can expect to inherit the same reward as did the prophets of old by overcoming the same worldly influences they overcame and enduring the same kinds of persecution they endured. The kingdom of heaven will ultimately unite with the kingdom of God on earth in a unified Zion (see D&C 65:5-6; Moses 7:62-64). Only those who have remained faithful, even amidst persecution, will dwell there.
  • 2 Nephi 9:18. But, behold, the righteous, the saints of the Holy One of Israel, they who have believed in the Holy One of Israel, they who have endured the crosses of the world, and despised the shame of it, they shall inherit the kingdom of God, which was prepared for them from the foundation of the world, and their joy shall be full forever.
  • Revelation 3:21. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
  • D&C 6:29-30. Verily, verily, I say unto you, if they reject my words, and this part of my gospel and ministry, blessed are ye, for they can do no more unto you than unto me. And even if they do unto you even as they have done unto me, blessed are ye, for you shall dwell with me in glory.