The coming of the Kingdom
Chip Bergen described the Sermon on the Mount as the Kingdom manifesto. A list of the way things will be when the Kingdom begins. Jon Courson calls it the Kingdom constitution. I too believe that the promises given by Jesus here are pointing to a future happening. But like so many other times in the word of God, we can draw something for later as well as something for the present time.
The same things that will happen in the future physically are happening now spiritually.
This Kingdom is not something that is temporary
This Kingdom is not physical
1 Corinthians 15:50
This Kingdom is not man made
when we become Christians we become citizens of the Kingdom
You will hear a lot of talk about the Kingdom Now ideal. Many churches support and look for it by the melding of all religions and denominations to the point where all are under one umbrella and there is peace on earth through it and while this is well intended and nice, it is wrong.
Even the disciples thought that way before they entered into Jerusalem (Matthew 20:17-23)
Jesus is looking for a change. A change that happens on the inside rather than the outside. A change in the heart of man, not his actions, they will change when the Lord changes them through His Spirit.
He is giving us the pathway to the Kingdom through these verses and through Him
Blessed are the poor in Spirit
Exemplified by Jesus: 1 Peter 2:22-25
Happiness starts when we realize that we are a sinner in need of a savior.
Our reward: This is the first step toward the Kingdom and leads to number two.
Blessed are they that mourn
Exemplified by Jesus: Matthew 26:37-38
Once you have realized that you are a sinner you begin to mourn and this is where the Lord can come to you
Our reward: To be comforted.
One day all our tears will be wiped away, for man and for Jesus – Revelation 21:4
Blessed are the meek
Exemplified by Jesus: Matthew 11:28-30
Meekness is power that is controlled. Meekness is when I no longer strut. When I no longer see myself as perfect
Our reward: To inherit the earth – Revelations 20:4-6
Blessed are those who hunger after righteousness
Exemplified by Jesus: John 4:34
Now we have become meek. Now we have a changed mindset. Gone is the crud that used to fill our lives and now we are left empty of ourselves. We find ourselves hungry and thirsty for something more, for righteousness.
Our reward: To be filled with the Spirit – John 7:37-38
Blessed are the merciful
Exemplified by Jesus: Luke 23:43, Hebrews 2:17
Once you are filled with the Spirit of God you will then begin to show the fruit – Galatians 5:22-25
Our reward: To obtain mercy (grace)
Blessed are the pure in heart
Exemplified by Jesus: Luke 2:40, 52
Pure means clean but that also means that we are not distracted by the things that keep us from seeing God: Matthew 18:10
This is illustrated by the precious unwavering hearts of children – Mark 10:10-16, Matthew 18:1-5
Our reward: To see God