About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
The Constitution Of The Kingdom
A nation normally
has a document that sets forth how it should continue to lawfully exist.
The American Constitution is one such document.
Over time, both in
may not have thought about it this way but soon after His baptism Jesus
faced a constitutional challenge in the desert.
Unlike most up and coming leaders Jesus didn't head off to Jerusalem
to meet with His supporters and rally the troops.
Instead, He encountered a satanic challenge to reinterpret the
Constitution of the Kingdom that if He would have embraced would have
redirected the course of human history.
This is often called "the wilderness temptation of
satanic temptation or challenge was accompanied by a supporting Scriptural
constitutional clause. Jesus
refuted each challenge with another Scriptural constitutional clause.
This was more than a theological debate.
It was an attack on the original intent of the Constitution of the
Kingdom that enthroned Jesus as the constitutional King under the
authority of the Almighty God, not under the authority of satan as was the
intent of the attack.
attempt to undermine the Kingdom's constitution didn't end with Jesus in
the desert. Soon after the Kingdom
our day when constitutional challenges are routine, the authenticity and
authority of Scripture has not escaped such challenges, as seen in the
rise of liberal theology in the 1800's.
This liberalization of Scripture has emerged once again in the last
few decades in Evangelical Christianity. Many so-called Evangelicals no longer believe the Bible to be God's
authoritative inspired constitutional document.
For them, if they read it at all, it's a book to inspire.
It's not a book of historical fact and it's definitely not a book
to instruct individuals and nations how to conduct themselves.
The door has swung wide open to heretical ideas that redefine the
original intent of the Bible. It's
another satanic attempt to undermine the very nature and meaning of God's
Kingdom which includes the church. According
to the Apostle Paul, such divisive heresies show those who are approved by
God and those who are not (1 Corinthians 11:19). Therefore,
in the present doctrinal dilemma that is sweeping through the western
world church, those of us who embrace the authoritative inspired Word of
God will stand as those approved by God in the midst of the present
health of the church in any geographical area depends on what the church
does with the Bible, the Constitution of the Kingdom.
Unlike other constitutions, God's constitution cannot be amended,
changed, or reinterpreted to mean something it was never meant to mean.
It stands as an eternal document, the standard by which all
individuals, nations, and cultures will be judged.