In Mark 10:15 Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (NIV) The various theologies of the kingdom and the nuance of their interpretations seem a great deal more complicated than they need to be to me.
Jesus says that the kingdom is received with the heart of a child crying out “Daddy, Abba, don’t let me fall, Abba, be near!” The kingdom of God is found wherever God exercises perfect dominion. “Your Kingdom Come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
God’s reign in Heaven is perfect but in the earth there remains rebellion, hatred, injustice, and sin. While God is perfectly sovereign over His creation that creation has used the freedom granted to it to rebel against His grace, love, and will.
When we pray “your kingdom come” we are imploring God to transform us so that we might transform the world! When we pray “your kingdom come” we look forward to the time spoken of by in the Bible when Christ will return to wipe away every tear, tear down every earthly stronghold, deliver His people, and establish His physical literal reign on this earth that will usher in eternity.
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