Kingdom

Message Bible

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best – as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

Eugene Peterson, the author of the Message Bible, does not even use the term kingdom. Thy kingdom come is replaced here by Set the world right. God’s kingdom refers to his absolute reign, his authority, his power. Jesus announced the coming of God’s kingdom on earth. He also promised that he would return in power at the end, when a new heaven and a new earth will be created.

Even though Jesus defeated the powers of Satan we still live in a fallen world, and amongst fallen people.  Our family of faith is called to live by God’s Holy Spirit power according to God’s kingdom, demonstrating it in the way we interact with this world. Since the Fall this world has been subject to another kingdom, one where darkness reigns, and relationships and nature are out of kilter. We, the people of God are reclaiming the ground under the banner of Christ.

When comes the promised time
That war shall be no more,
And lust, oppression, crime
Shall flee thy face before?

We pray thee, Lord, arise
And come in thy great might.
Revive our longing eyes
Which languish for thy sight.

To pray Set the world right (thy kingdom come) is to pray two things – for God to set up his kingdom values in us and in the world, and for Christ to return and reign in glory.

Am I really selected to model in my life and in my church the truth, the power and the glory of God’s Kingdom?

What sort of kingdom do I imagine it will be when Christ returns to earth?

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