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Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on
earth. — Matt. vi. lo.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on
earth. — Matt. vi. lo.

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THE KIGDOM OF GOD. BY PHILIP STAFFORD MOXOM I WOULD not fix the time, the day, nor hour, When thou with all thine angels shalt appear ; When in thy kingdom thou shalt come with power; E'en now, perhaps, the promised day is near ! For though in slumber deep the world may lie, And e'en thy Church forget thy great command, Still, year by year thy coming draweth nigh ! And in its power thy kingdom is at hand. ot in some future world alone 't will be, Beyond the grave, beyond the bounds of time ; But on the earth thy glory we shall see. And share thy triumph, peaceful, pure, sublime. Jones Very. III. THE KIGDOM OF GOD. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. — Matt. vi. lo. O saying of Christ's is more impressive, or
more comprehensive in its imphcation of divine purpose, than that one immediately follow- ing the words : " Do ye, therefore, pray after this manner." The Lord's Prayer, as by universal con- sent it is called, is the prayer of the whole Christian Church. Without doing the language of Christ any vio- lence, we may say that in this brief utterance are expressed or implied all the essential elements of a spiritual faith, the essential principles of a spiritual life, and the essential pledge of a spiritual destiny. If there are doctrines, or precepts, that have been inculcated as Christian, which are inconsistent with this prayer, or have no unforced implication in this prayer, we may well question whether those doc- trines or precepts belong to the fundamental faith, or ethics, of Christianity. Certainly the entire teaching of Jesus, as reported by the Evangelists, is here, expressly or by implication. The progress 56 The Religion of Hope. of eighteen hundred years suggests to the thought- ful mind no necessity of revising this simple yet all-inclusive petition. It stands to-day as the suc- cinct and comprehensive expression of the purest longing, the largest aspiration, and the loftiest ideal of humanity in its relation to God. It belongs to no sect, no nation, and no period of time, but to all the world and to all time. It is the perpetual wit- ness to the divine origin and spiritual destiny of man, as well as to the Being, Sovereignty, and Fatherhood of God. In the proportion that men make this prayer their own, they enter into and consciously appropriate the divine purpose which, through the long procession of the ages, is accomplishing, —
" The one far-off divine event To which the whole creation moves." The clause which we are now to study is itself a petition so broad in its scope that, at times, all other forms of prayer seem superfluous. " Thy kingdom come," — it is the cry that Divine Father- hood may become manifest Sovereignty. " Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth," — it is the soul's confession of utter submission and homage and faith towards the Sovereign Fatherhood that rules the universe, and attains the ends for which the universe exists. This petition is the whole of prayer put into one strong, comprehensive sen- tence ; and this sentence is the heart of the Lord's The Kingdom of God. 57 Prayer. What precedes it is pure expression of worship. What follows it is simple specialization of life's daily needs and daily duty. Everything that we can wish, or hope, or think of good is involved in the fulfilment of this all-embracing aspiration, " Thy kingdom come." I. In the first place, these words express much more than simple petition ; there is in them a con- fession that the zvorld is 7iot what it inigJU be. The kingdom of God, as the perfect embodiment and expression of divine order and beauty and benefi- cence, is not clearly manifest now. The world is the scene of much disorder. Men are ignorant, bestial, and selfish, in almost all conceivable de- grees of ignorance, bestiality, and selfishness. Love between man and man is far from being dominant. Sin and sorrow alike widely prevail. The history of human life is a history of progress ; but it is also

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