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Monday, August 25, 2008
Kingdom Come...not "coming"

Ok,  a quick thought on the Lord's Prayer, and semantics.  I don't think semantics are unimportant.  If we believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, then an important phrase like "Thy kingdom come" should be taken for exactly what it says.  Not for what we have made it say by our endless repetition.

If I was to say anything and then follow it by the word "come", that assumes that the preceding object has already come.   If we used language like "to come", or " coming" that implies that we are talking about something that is not present.

As an aspiring writer in high school, I used to have a problem with this phrase in the Lord's prayer.  I was analyzing this prayer from my American Christian, heaven's waiting room perspective.  From that place, we speak of the Kingdom, coming.  What I didn't realize is that it wasn't the words that were uncomfortable, but it was my point of view that blurred my understanding of the prayer.

Jesus said over and over that the kingdom of heaven was at hand.  It was there.  It was present.

When Jesus died, rose again and returned to his disciples, he told them that he would send a helper.  The Holy Spirit became the Kingdom's representative on the earth after Jesus.  The Holy Spirit is here until Jesus reign is established on the earth.  Until Love reigns in the world, we have the Holy Spirit to help us.

This is why we don't sing...Joy to the World the Lord is COMING.  He came, and through the Holy Spirit, HE IS STILL HERE!

So thy Kingdom IS come...not is coming.

 

 

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