“Thy kingdom come” – Q&A #1

Thy kingdom come.
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.

Question: What is God’s “kingdom”?

Answer: A kingdom is a place, or realm, that is governed by a king or ruler. God’s kingdom is the place where God governs. His “throne” is in heaven, in the realm of harmony. His kingdom is everywhere, even though we may not always see the evidence of it with our eyes.

The Bible assures us: “The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.” (Ps. 103:19)

Mary Baker Eddy describes God’s kingdom:

“What is the kingdom of heaven? The abode of Spirit, the realm of the real. No matter is there, no night is there — nothing that maketh or worketh a lie. Is this kingdom afar off? No: it is ever-present
here. . . . The kingdom of heaven is the reign of divine Science: it is a mental state. Jesus said it is within you, and taught us to pray, ‘Thy kingdom come.” (Mis. 174:16-25)

We also have a definition in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:

“KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. The reign of harmony in divine Science; the realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind; the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme.” (S&H 590:1)

Do the Biblical terms kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God mean the same thing? Yes. Matthew uses the first term in his book, but the term kingdom of God is used in the rest of the New Testatment. We will use both phrases in these lessons, as we explore more about what it means to have God’s kingdom come. By either term, we know that God is ever-present.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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