The “poor” in the verse “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven[,]” (Mat. 5:3 NIV) is the An.Gr. “ptōchoi”. While this word does refer to poor people Strong’s Concordance says that the word means of or like the beggars, defining it as “(of one who crouches and cower, hence) beggarly, poor” that the word denotes extreme destitution. Now, strong suggests we should take this to mean “humble devout persons” when it is a good thing, but this is not something I can confirm in usage outside the Bible.
Are they really just the “humble devout persons” in spirit? Are they people who live spiritually focused (in the spirit) and are oppressed into cowering and crouch because of their devotion? Are they people who are pauper of spiritual wealth, not people of the Christian world see it today but we’re lacking the flesh and legalism spiritual purity of Sadducees and Pharisees, for because they were not self imposed earthly spiritualism they were open to the redemptive forgiveness and acceptance of the kingdom of heave? Is the begging; that is are the “ptōchoi” spirit beggars, who are asking pleading, yearning, begging for any amount of spiritual wealth to give them enough to trudge on just a little bit longer, will receive the kingdom of heaven and thus the true spiritual wealth they cry out for? Lastly, how can we know?