“Thy kingdom come” – Q&A #2

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

Question: What is meant by “thy kingdom come”?

Answer: Jesus taught his followers the good news, or gospel, that the kingdom of God was at hand. The realm of God was within reach of man through his consciousness, or thoughts. He taught his disciples to pray daily, “thy kingdom come,” to remind themselves of this great fact. Otherwise, they — and we — might tend to forget how close God really is.

“Our Master said, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Then God and heaven, or Life, are present, and death is not the real stepping-stone to Life and happiness. They are now and here; and a change in human consciousness, from sin to holiness, would reveal this wonder of being.” (Un. 37:6-10)

Jesus taught his followers a few stories, or parables, about what the kingdom of heaven is like. You can find them in the book of Matthew, chapter 13. It has been said that parables are “earthly stories with heavenly meanings.” See if you can find the heavenly meanings in those

Mary Baker Eddy also wrote: “Jesus required neither cycles of time nor thought in order to mature fitness for perfection and its possibilities. He said that the kingdom of heaven is here, and is included in Mind.” (Un. 11:24-27)

The Lord’s Prayer helps to bring us in line with God’s purpose for man:  “It is the purpose of divine Love to resurrect the understanding, and the kingdom of God, the reign of harmony already within us.”  (Mis. 154:16-18)

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

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