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Reformed Theology #3: “Thy Kingdom Come”

Whenever we repeat the Lord’s Prayer, we pray for Christ’s Kingdom to come and for Christ’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Is that really our heart’s request or do we just mutter those words thoughtlessly? 

We will desire His Kingdom to come only if God is truly our Father through trusting the merits of Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins. We will desire His Kingdom only if we truly hallow and reverence His name. We will desire His kingdom only if we are living today in the light of eternity.

His present  Kingdom and  the Future Kingdom

When we pray  “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done” we are praying about two aspects of His Kingdom. His present Kingdom in our hearts and His future Kingdom over the whole earth.

His present Kingdom in our hearts

In Luke 17:21 Jesus explained the internal nature of His Kingdom. He reminds us we do not seek for an external  political kingdom; rather He explains,  “The Kingdom of God is within us.” Christ reigns in our hearts. Paul in Romans 14:17 teaches us that Christianity is synonymous with Christ’s Kingdom. This Kingdom begins the moment we receive Christ as our Saviour from sin and surrender to Him as our Lord.  When we trust Christ as our Saviour, God our Father  “delivers us from the Kingdom of darkness and translates us into the Kingdom of His dear Son.”  Colossians 1:13  If you are a Christian, God has already translated you into the Kingdom of Christ.

Christian, don’t fight Christ’s Lordship!

For you to insist on having your own way and doing your own thing and ignoring God’s will for your life, will insure a life of misery and failure for you. If you are a Christian and living in Christ’s Kingdom,  the right thing to do is to surrender to His Lordship and  to seek first His Kingdom. In Matthew 6:33 Jesus promises us that God will see to your happiness and fulfillment and to the supply of all your needs.  That’s His business. Our business is to live only for His purpose and glory.

What are the practical implications of living in His Kingdom?

Peter explains in I Peter 2:9 the purpose of living in Christ’s Kingdom. “We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession that we should show forth the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.” Beginning with verse 11 of this same chapter, Peter reminds us that as we live in the midst of  Satan’s Kingdom of darkness on this earth,  we  are pilgrims and strangers.  As citizens of Christ’s Kingdom,  we are to be  personally pure and submitted to the laws of our nation, for we have a dual citizenship.  Verse 16 reminds us that as Christians we are free, but we must not misuse our freedom,  presuming on the patience and grace of God by continuing to live in  sin.

First things first

The truths of prophecy, including Christ’s coming Millennial Kingdom, are secondary in importance. First and foremost, make sure Christ is your King right now.  According to II Timothy 2:12,  your surrender to His Lordship now will determine your position in the Millennial Kingdom.  The Kingdom Truths of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount  are not only for Jews during the Millennium.  They are, I believe, even more pertinent to Christians today as we live under the dominion of our Lord Jesus Christ.  To learn more about Christ’s present spiritual Kingdom on earth, go to the BEATITUDES link.  

Matthew 6:33 teaches Christians to seek first the establishing of Christ’s Kingdom in our hearts and in our conduct,  then God will provide all that we need for this life.  Christ’s spiritual Kingdom concerns must become our concerns.  That’s why we pray, “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done.”  

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July 26, 2006 - Posted by | Reformed Theology

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