“For thine is the kingdom . . . ” – Q&A #9

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.

Question: What does it mean that God is “over all and All”?

Answer: This is a wonderful way to end a prayer to God: declaring His Allness. It means that God is complete, whole, and that He is the entire total of everything real. Nothing is outside of Him, because there is no outside to Him! Nothing unlike God is within His Allness. Thus, He is “over all, and All.”

Mary Baker Eddy writes of this Allness:

“Allness is the measure of the infinite, and nothing less can express God.” (S&H 336:23)

“God is All, and by virtue of this nature and allness He is cognizant only of good.” (Mis. 208:5-6)

“God is All, and in all: that finishes the question of a good and a bad side to existence.”
(Hea. 10:13-14)

“God is over all. He alone is our origin, aim, and being.” (Ret. 22:17)

“The maximum of good is the infinite God and His idea, the All-in-all.” (S&H 103:15-16)

“God is All, in all. What can be more than All? Nothing: and this is just what I call matter, nothing.” (Mis. 26:22-23)

“God being everywhere and all-inclusive, how can He be absent or suggest the absence of
omnipresence
and omnipotence? How can there be more than all?” (S&H 287:13) 

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

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For Thine - #9

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