Thy Kingdom Come
by Mobayode Akinsolu
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Thy Kingdom Come
The theme must have been meticulously and prayerfully picked amid several. Words cannot express it and feelings fade away too fast, to give a lasting impression of what it really means. Nevertheless, the thought of the Almighty God in which all things exist and consist will definitely suffice in bringing to every reader of this piece of writing, clarity of the great essence innate in these words ‘Thy Kingdom come’.
The only reason a man will seek for another is because there is one that is not just meeting up with his expectations. The prayer line, ‘Thy Kingdom come’ as found in the Holy book is a cry out for something better and more deserving than what is in dispensation. I will be extremely careful not to mince words, therefore, I am going to be very blunt in my expressions. ‘Thy kingdom come’, simply means a point at which our present world ends and a new era from God originates. In other words, it is another state that begins after the demise of the present state. Surprisingly, this is the dictionary meaning of ‘Kingdom come’.
A kingdom can be defined as the domain of a king or where a king performs his main functions. For every kingdom there is a jurisdiction outside which the king can no longer function and also for every monarchy, there are boundaries and limits that successfully mark out the territory.
The contextual meaning of ‘Thy Kingdom come’ as found in Matthew 6: 9 – 15 and Luke 11: 1 – 4 is, 'God come and reign on earth as our King, teaching us to do Your will here on earth as it is done in heaven.' Speaking further on this, the next question you and I will want to be considering is what the kingdom of God really is.
Streets of gold, houses that have their foundations laid with diamonds, magnificent gates with the beauty of the embossed names of the twelve tribes of Israel, lofty city walls, a heavenly host of angels dressed in white crisp apparels having glamorous wings as limbs and amazing flames of fire on their heads singing timelessly; a city that does not need the sun or moon for light instead, the glory of God lights it up, El Dorado! As native Americans will call such a place. Without doubt, His kingdom must be a sight for sore eyes, little wonder beautiful gardens and parks are described figuratively as ‘Heaven on Earth’.
Could this be all about His kingdom? A world yet to come and that will perfectly fit into this ancient list of wonders viz. The Temple of Artemis, Colossus of Rhodes, Pharos of Alexandria, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Statue of Zeus, Pyramids of Egypt and finally the Kingdom of God. Perhaps, making His kingdom nothing other than the eighth wonder of the world. Is this the best definition? Men have seen wonders come and fade away, in the same way the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed.
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” Romans 14:17 (KJV). I believe this verse has successfully given the much anticipated answer to what the kingdom of God is all about. Paying due cognizance to the latter part of this verse of the bible, in a way, brings it out of context, since the earlier part refers to meat and drink which is the bone of contention in the chapter the verse was extracted from. However, the latter part gives an explicit definition of the kingdom of God, stating it as righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Using this as a paradigm for the kingdom of God, you will agree with me if I say the Holy Ghost should be the first thing that flashes across our minds when referring to the kingdom of God. My-Oh-My! This brings us to another crucial juncture “Who is the Holy Ghost?” Let me quote some scriptures that will immediately answer this question to ensure that the epicenter of this article is not altered. Peruse the verses detailed below for a sound knowledge of the Holy Ghost.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26 (KJV)
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4 (KJV)
The two verses above point out to us a promise and its fulfillment not long afterwards. The truth is this, if the kingdom of God is about the Holy Spirit and the fruits of the Holy Spirit, then you and I can conclude that the kingdom of God is all about us. This owing to the mere facts that the Holy Spirit is a gift from God to us and that we have been chosen to bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Amazing, isn’t it? There is still more to it just follow my lead.
John 15:16; Matthew 21:43; Galatians 5:22-23 too many scriptures you say, but the truth of the mandate God gave to us to bear fruits to His glory with the aid of the Holy Spirit is included but not limited to the aforementioned scriptural references.
Finally, let me draw a conclusion on this exhilarating note. When we say thy Kingdom come, adequately, it is a plea for the kingdom of God to come. This cry intricately delves into the Holy Spirit coming to live in us and bringing to fruition the very nature of God in our lives.
To Whom It May Concern, the blunt truth is, the kingdom of God has come to us through the Holy Spirit and the sooner we realize it the better for all of us. Enough of this hodgepodge pertaining to the kingdom God. Let’s reason together and settle down for the truth as made known in His word. The kingdom of God has come to stay.
Neither shall they say, Lo here! Nor, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21 (KJV).
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