God’s Kingdom in Heaven

“This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

Jesus taught his disciples to pray that God’s kingdom reign and will would be done on earth just like it is in heaven. So what, then, is God’s reign like in heaven? Let me pose three core features of God’s reign in heaven that form the heart of the prayer that God’s kingdom would come on the earth like it is in heaven.

God’s heavenly reign is: Perfect

  • Everything in heaven is just as it should be. There is no sin and there is no death. God’s heavenly kingdom is perfect.

God’s heavenly reign is: Unopposed

  • In heaven, God has no enemies. He has cast all who would oppose him from his presence. God’s heavenly kingdom is unopposed.

God’s heavenly reign is: Complete

  • Heaven cannot ever be more God’s kingdom than it is today. There is no sense of developing. In heaven, God is on his throne and is all in all. God’s heavenly kingdom is complete.

So the next time you say that Lord’s prayer, this is what you are asking for. You are asking that, just like God’s reign and will in heaven are perfect, unopposed and complete, God’s reign and will would be perfect, unopposed and complete here on the earth.

Interact: Has this world (earth) ever demonstrated one or more of these core features of God’s heavenly reign?

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