|Luke 11:2 |
2 [The Lord's Prayer has been repeated many, many times. But the real meaning has been hidden from most over the centuries. For that reason, a short explanation is added for each verse. Bracketed text is commentary or clarification.]
And he said to them, "When you pray, say, 'Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.1 [The kingdom comes to those who seek the Kingdom as their first priority in life, which kingdom is within and around us and does not come with visible or outward signs. When translated into the Kingdom while still on earth, Your will may be done by us, (with Your thoughts, words, and deeds prompted by You to us), on the earth, just as Your will is done by those in heaven. For when we are in Your kingdom, we hear You tell us what to say, judge as You tell us to judge, and do what You show us to do — as Jesus did when He was on earth. With God ordering and controlling our thoughts, words, and deeds, everything we do and say is pure, virtuous, and perfect; then we are righteous, having been restored to the spiritual image of God: Christ. Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but [only] he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Mat 7:21. To enter heaven, we must walk on the earth as He walked, 1 John 2:6, and as He is, so are we in this present world. 1 John 4:17.]
1 Your kingdom come. When is His kingdom coming?
Now when he was questioned by the Pharisees, as to when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them and said, "The kingdom of God does not come with outward signs to be observed. Nor will they say, 'Look here!' or, 'Look over there!' For behold, the kingdom of God is within you and around you." Luke 17:20-21
The time has come, and the kingdom of God is at hand [near]; repent and believe the gospel. Mark 1:15
Notice, he said, the time has come, the Kingdom is near. He is not talking about a Kingdom thousands of years later. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus is recorded saying that some then standing with him, 2000 years ago, would see his glorious coming with the Kingdom before they died. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus is recorded saying all the end times prophesies would be fulfilled before the generation of 2000 years ago died, (click here to see all).
To avoid being banished from heaven when we die, we must enter the kingdom while we are still alive on the earth:
Giving thanks to the Father, who has made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated [past tense] us into the kingdom of his dear Son; [where you are raised up together to sit with Christ in heaven.]
And when we were dead in our sins, He brought us to life in union and fellowship with Christ...and has raised us up together [with Christ], and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Eph 2:5-6
Jesus commanded us to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness as our first priority in life.
take no thought, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or, 'What shall we drink?' or, 'With what shall we be clothed?'
For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need these.
But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things will be added to you . Mat 6:31-33
And how do we seek the kingdom and His righteousness? Jesus tells us how: it is not by reading the Bible, it is not by going to a building and listening to someone talk, it is not by asking God for what you want. You must go to him. You must wait on him — listen silently, with the humility of a sinner in need of his changing power — grace. Wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey. You must listen, hear, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21. You must endure to the end, when Christ brings salvation. Seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deut 4:29.
Jesus said: "There is only one thing needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her." —
to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear his word; the words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving, Luke 10:39-42, John 6:63
Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. John 18:37,10:27
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Only a perfect man can do his will on earth as the angels do his will in heaven; God must specifically direct anything done or said for him, just like he did for Jesus when he walked the earth; Jesus did not judge, speak, or act without the Spirit's specific prompting. Quoting Jesus:
Of myself I can do nothing. I judge only as I hear. John 5:30
for I have not spoken of myself, but the Father, who sent me, himself commands me what I should say and what I should speak. John 12:49-50
The Son can do nothing of Himself (by his own will), but only does what he sees the Father do. John 5:19
He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but he who seeks the glory of the One who sent him,
that man is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him. John 7:18
Any man who speaks of God or Christ without the Spirit's specifically supplied words is seeking his own glory, and he is estimating himself to be greater than Christ, for Christ said: The disciple is not above his master, but everyone who is perfect [purified, restored to the spiritual image of God, specifically authorized, and perfected] will be like his master. Luke 6:40
Think about it. Only a perfect man can properly do works for God. To do works for God, a man has to be able to hear and see precisely how God wants the works done; he has to be able to speak only words supplied by God. Otherwise the works would not be perfectly done; and if works were done imperfectly, they would reflect poorly on God, making God appear unrighteous and imperfect. And so, no imperfect works are acceptable by God: Wake up and be watchful, and strengthen the things that remain, which are ready to die. For I have not found your works perfect before God. Rev 3:2
But he who practices truth comes to the light, so that his deeds may be shown to have been produced [formed and powered] through God. John 3:21
Now the God of peace...Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you what is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, Heb 13:20-21
Even worldly corporations extensively train their representatives before letting them loose on the public to "represent" the company. And so God insists that he should teach and perfect his representatives, (disciple them himself to perfection ), that "represent" him before sending them. When we are discipled to perfection, authorized, and specifically sent by God, we can show the world the wisdom and love of God by works and words that are directed by him. When you have been delivered (freed) from the sins and evil in your heart, God's light will shine forth in your heart, to guide your thoughts, words, deeds.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, Eph 2:10
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity [lawless deeds, sin], and purify for himself a people who are his very own, zealous for good works. Tit 2:14
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Mat 5:16
To become a servant, one does not read about other servants, quoting their words. To be a servant, you must hear what your master orders you to do, and then you must obey; everything else is presumptive service. Think about it; would you want to employ someone who cannot hear your orders, and who only does what he assumes you want done? Even worse is many servants doing whatever they presume you want done — no one following directions — everyone following their own ideas. To follow Jesus is to hear and obey His spoken-to-you commands. Only when you hear Him tell you what to do, when to do it, and what words to speak, can you serve God.