“Thy kingdom come” – Q&A #3

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

Question: How can the kingdom of heaven be “within” man?

Answer: It is important to understand that God’s kingdom is not physically inside the belief called mortal man. Mary Baker Eddy makes it clear that Jesus was speaking of our spiritual
identity
:

“When speaking of God’s children, not the children of men, Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of God is within you;’ that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God’s image is unfallen and eternal.” (S&H 476:28-32)

So how does the kingdom of heaven “reign in the real man”? We read:

“Heaven is not a locality, but a divine state of Mind in which all the manifestations of Mind are
harmonious and
immortal, because sin is not there and man is found having no righteousness of
his own, but in possession of ‘the mind of the Lord,’ as the Scripture says.” (S&H 291:13)

You may see from these citations that we are taught in Christian Science that the real man lives in the heavenly state of the divine Mind. Man reflects Mind, is influenced by Mind, and therefore has the kingdom of heaven within him — within man’s awareness of the one divine
consciousness.

Mrs. Eddy has also explained this concept:

“Our great Teacher hath said: ‘Behold, the kingdom of God is within you’ — within man’s spiritual
understanding
of all the divine modes, means, forms, expression, and manifestations of goodness and happiness.” (My. 267:28)

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

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