Thy Kingdom Come
Matthew 6:10 “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
Where is His kingdom to come? Where is His will to be done?
….not on earth; but in earth….in us who are made of the earth, and formed by God into a living soul….we are to have His kingdom come “in” us….and have His will done “in” us.
This is the second most important thing we are to pray for…..according to the prayer Jesus Christ taught his disciples. (Matthew 6:9-15)
(The first most important thing is to ask that His Name would be “hallowed” or honored.
We know His Name signifies all that He is….so the first thing we should pray for,…..when we pray, is that God would be honored by us.
That His Name would not be ill-spoken of,…..because of our behavior.)
But the second thing we are to pray for, is that we might have His kingdom come, and His will be done within us….it is that important.
Luke 17:20-21 “And when He was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, Lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
The Pharisees thought of “the kingdom” as a place and a time, which would surely include them….because of their lineage.
They did not understand that the kingdom is only where the King is.
And the King, Jesus Christ was standing before them, right then….
….inviting them to come into His kingdom, by believing and submitting to Him.
He is doing the same thing to each of us, today…
There are two principles at work in the universe:
God’s principle of Obedience, and the devil’s principle of Rebellion.
God’s principle of Obedience…..which is to place ourselves at God’s disposal to do, or be what He wants.
This principle was seen in all the children of God, to a decree, down through the ages….
….but especially in His Son, The Son of God/the Son of Man…..Who did always those things that pleased His Father (John 8:29)
Hebrews 5:8-9 “Though He were a Son, yet He learned He obedience by the things which He suffered;
And being made perfect (complete in His Work), He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him;”
Christ Jesus, the Son of God, humbled Himself and became man. Many things He did for others, by the power of God….but…
…..He had to be obedient to Mary and Joseph……for eighteen years—from twelve to thirty (Luke 2:49-51)
…..He was tempted for forty days and nights by the devil….yet without yielding (Matthew 4:1-11)
…..He had to wait for others to bring Him food, and ask for water at a well (John 4:6-8)
…..He was silent before His accusers, as a “sheep before His shearers is dumb” (Isaiah 53:7)
Everything He did, here as man,…every act, every word,…..was in obedience to God His Father.
He did everything in obedience, as man….without the indwelling inclination to sin….but as man….
…..an obedient man….worthy in His Person, for Who He was and what He had done….to be the perfect sacrifice for sin.
Taking away the sin of all who would believe in Him.
And the devil’s principle of Rebellion….where we place ourselves against the things of God….against His will and His way.
The devil would persuade us (“wiles”Ephesians 6:11)…..that we can have things our way and God’s….but we can not.
We must choose:
Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
(Hell was made for the devil and his angels….not man.
Until the day of Adam’s sin, then it was opened up for those who refuse to believe God, and obey Him.
Matthew 25:41 “Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”)
I started this with “Thy kingdom come.”
For every Christian, if we do not have Christ’s kingdom come within our hearts, we are leaving things in our lives open to the devil’s wiles to rebellion.
Christ has made a way for us,….to come to God in peace, and have full access to His grace: the unmerited favor of power (Romans 5:1-2)
….to be led by the Spirit of God and be joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:14, 17)
….to come boldly to the Throne of grace and obtain mercy (Hebrews 4:16)
….to be saved from the lusts of the world (2 Peter 1:3-4).
He is the Author and Finisher of our faith:
Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the Throne of God.”
Christ’s Way, is by His kingdom being set up in our lives. He sits on the throne of our lives….and we occupy the footstool, as HIs servant.
It is the second most important thing we are to ask for: Thy kingdom come.
Are we seeking it for ourselves? Are we acknowledging Him as our King?