Bible Trek 2016 - The Kingdom's Constitution

The constitution of the United State begins with: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” The constitution written in 1787, delineates the framework of our national government, and remains today guaranteeing our basic human rights and the role of government. God gave his people the Ten Commandments, as a sort of constitution in Exodus 20, as the law to illustrate His own righteous, holly, and glorious nature for Israel to live by. We see a change in constitutions from the old dispensation to the new. Galatians 3:24 says: “So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith,” and John 1:17 says: “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” By these two verses we see change with the coming of Jesus Christ. No longer was the law outward written on stone but according to Jeramiah 31 and Ezekiel 36 the law would be written on our heart, in our spirit! So when we come the New Testament Beatitudes seen in Matthew 5-7 and in Luke 6, we have to see that the New Testament kingdom’s constitution would not be an outward set of demands laid upon us, but rather a description of an inward constitution of the very life on God being “constituted” within our spirit and on our heart. To be “blessed” is an adjective describing not just a state of being happy, but the state of one who has become a partaker of God; to experience the fullness of God. There are 9 blessed conditions we believes experience when we are enjoying the life of God within us. For instance;” blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” These blessings are not to be taken as outward laws to imitate but rather blessed virtues or characteristics of the divine life within. As kingdom people living by the divine life within these blessings become our experience! Luke 17: 21says that the kingdom of God is within us, and Romans14:17 says that the kingdom of God is not eating or drinking, that is outward practices, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Matthew was spoken on a mountain while Luke records Jesus coming off a mountain to a level place. Apparently both records are in two different venues. Matthew records the nature, influence, law, righteous deeds, material riches, principles, living and work of the kingdom people; describing what the kingdom within us looks like while being lived out.