‘Thy Will Be Done.’

Thy will be done                                                                                                                          Ray Holdcroft 2016

Text: Mtt.6:10; ‘Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.’

Reading: Mtt.6:9-13; After this manner pray ye; ‘Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11. Give us this day our daily bread. 12. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen

1. God’s will in relation to mankind.

Our concentration this morning are the words in v.6; “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” However, the Lord’s Prayer begins: ‘Our Father.’ But not all can honestly say that prayer, only those who are born of the Spirit of Christ – in other words those who have been ‘born again.’  The Scripture teaches, They that have not the Spirit of Christ are none of His.’ (Rm.8:9;) But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit if so be that the Spirit (Of God) dwell in you, Now if any man (or woman) have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.’  But I must say that, ‘it is God’s will that ‘all men might be saved.’ (1Tim.2:4;) Now if the prayer says, ‘Thy Kingdom come,’ It means: If there is a Kingdom, there has to be a King (or Lord). If there a King (Lord) there has to be subjects. If we sincerely say this prayer, it means we are His subjects. If we are His subjects, it means we want His will – His perfect will. There is of course His permissive will: What do I mean by that?:

Biblical examples: 1. Found in the book of Numbers Ch. 22: and 24: the account of Balaam. 2. The Kings of Israel 1sam.8 (see v.7;).

To abide in His perfect will requires honesty with oneself and with God. In the context of my sermon we are talking about God’s will being ‘…done on earth as it is in heaven.’  To really understand what it is for “God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven” we shall need to take a look at what is happening in heaven.

2. God’s will in relation to the Kingdom of Heaven:

“Before we can understand this we have to take a look at what the “kingdom of heaven” means:

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. 

What then is the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’?

There are two focal points in the prayer: a. Earth; b. Heaven; The prayer is not equal in the two dimensions but rather that the one (Earth) may become like the other (Heaven). But not just simply like the other, but that the Kingdom of Heaven may come to the Earth and a great amalgamation of Earth and Heaven combine.

As Charles Wesley put it in his hymn:

“Let earth and Heaven combine, Angels and men agree,

To praise in songs divine the incarnate Deity

Our God contracted to a span, incomprehensibly made Man.”

                  He also wrote:

“Let Earth and Heaven agree, Angels and men be joined,

 To celebrate with me the Saviour of mankind,

 To adore the all atoning Lamb

 And bless the sound of Jesus’ name.”    

The only way that can happen is that the “Kingdom of Heaven” may come.  What is then this Kingdom of Heaven that we pray may come? To explain briefly, we digress a little, and go to the original Greek and Hebrew texts of the bible (‘Heaven’).  We find three interpretations:

  1. Gen. 1:1; (Hb.) Shamayim = Sky (stratosphere)
  2. Mtt.6:10; (Gk.) Ouranois = sky. (Stratosphere.) 3. epouranois. (Gk.) Above the sky (above stratosphere) Heaven/Paradise.

The word heaven in the general sense has its root in the verb, to Heave which speaks of an ‘upward thrust,’ (as we read, in the Jewish offerings of harvest, when they brought to the Lord their ‘heave – offering’ of a sheaf of corn or, wheat, that, the offerer heaved upwards. It speaks of resurrection, pointing up to heaven).

There is a strong inference that ‘the heavens’ are divided into three. We turn to 2Cor.12:2-4;  (1) 2.“I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knows;) such a one was caught up to the *third heaven (epouranois). 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: (God knows;). 4 How that he was caught up into *paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for man to utter …” 

(2) The book of Revelation confirms this  Rev 14:6; “And I saw another angel fly in the *midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.”  

The “*Midst” here is translated from the word (Gk) *Mesos = middle.

So we are left with: Ouranois = sky. Mesos = middle. Epouranois = Heaven above the heavens–Paradisementioned 3 times in NT. see above and Lk.23:43; “Thief on the cross.” Our concern is the latter – epouranois = paradise. (Epi=Above) Getting back to God’s ‘will being done on earth as it is in heaven’

As already mentioned, if there is a Kingdom there has to be a King.  Incidentally the word Kingdom is mentioned 106 times inthe NIV

To what is Jesus referring when He says ‘Thy Kingdom come.’? Three explanations: because three aspects of the Kingdom of heaven:

Jesus is instructing us when we pray, we are to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”  In other words we are to pray that, God’s Kingdom will come and His will be done on earth.

First we look at:  The three aspects of the Kingdom of Heaven.

  1. God’s will being done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Aspect 1: The Kingdom above which the Bible calls Paradise. Note: already explained. *It is the place of Kingdom strategy and center of divine operations. *It is where the throne of God stands. *It is the place of eternal rest of believers Lk.23:43; (“Today you will be with me in Paradise.”)  We shall see the things that are taking place later in the sermon. *It is the place Paul described in an experience in 2Cor.12: 2;  2.“I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knows;) such a one was caught up to the third heaven (epouranois). 3.And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: (God knows;). 4.How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for man to utter. *It is what John saw in vision in Rev.19:11; “And I saw Heaven opened …” *It is what Jesus Saw at His baptism: Mtt.3:16; “And lo Heaven opened unto Him.”  *It is what Stephen saw at his death: Ac.7:55-56; “But he (Steven) being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. 56. And said behold, I see heaven opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God.”

Aspect 2. Lk.17: 21; “The Kingdom of God is within you.” Rm.14:17; For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” This speaks of the Kingdom of the heart Where Jesus our Lord and Saviour reigns. Jn.14:17; Jesus talking to the Disciples about the Holy Spirit said “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but you know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.”

Aspect 3. The Millennial Kingdom: Rev.20:4; “…And I saw thrones….and they lived and reigned with Christ one thousand years.”  Rev.20:1-15; In this chapter we find Jesus Christ coming back to rule and reign on earth for 1,000 years. The length of time is specific and definite and cannot be mistaken or otherwise. There are a number of OT refs which describe this particular time of the millennium: 2Sam.7:14-17; Ps.24:1-10; 72:1-20; Isa.2:1-4; 11:5-10; Dan.2:44; In ch. 21: We have the description of a New Heaven and a New Earth. The word new in the Gk. is rendered Kainos which means ‘qualitatively new’ and not simply another earth and another heaven. Since our resurrection bodies will be changed, so will the environment in which these new bodies will live. (Zodihates)

The Kingdom of God – the Kingdom of Christ in all aspects are intrinsically bound together – the Kingdom above, the Kingdom within and the millennial kingdom.

One day, time will be lost in eternity. Mortality will be lost in immortality – there will be a new heaven and a new earth: Rev.21:1; Until then we must concern ourselves with the here and now –God’s “will be(ing) done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Mtt.6:10;) In order to understand what must be done on earth we have to take a look at what is being done in Heaven: Rev.5: John saw: A reminder of the cross v6.“..a Lamb as it had been slain…”  Praise and worship: 9-12 “And they sang a new song, saying thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain, and have redeemed us unto God by your blood out of every kindred tongue and nation; and made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and heard the voice of many angels … and ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands. Saing with a loud voice, worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom. And strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.” Total unity: 9,13,14; “…every kindred tongue and nation. Every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, ‘blessing, and honor, and glory , and power, be unto Him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever. And the four beasts said amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him who lives forever. Total submission to the absolute Lord ship of Christ: 13,14; “..every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth and such as are in sea … And the four beasts, said amen, And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him that lives forever and ever. Testimony, Purity, honesty, righteousness: ch.7:13,14; One of the Elders (said to John) Who are these who are arrayed in white robes? And where do they come from? And [John] said unto him, sir you know. And he said to me, these are they who have come out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.“ Service: ch.5:10; “[And He] has made us kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” ch.22:3; “And there shall be no more curse: but His servants shall serve Him.” Degrees of service: Mtt.25:14-30; Parable of the talents Lk.19:9-21; Nobleman and servants and pounds. Total Victory: Rev.5:5; “The Lion has prevailed” Healing: Rev.22: “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, there was the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Se also Ezkiel’s vision of trees either side of the river who’s “…fruit shall be for meat and who’s leaves shall be for medicine…” Ezk.47:1-12; The above must be the pattern we must strive for if we are to fulfil Christ’s extended ministry here on earth.

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