In our continuing study of the Lord’s prayer, this week we examine what Jesus meant by His statement regarding the Kingdom of God, at the end of His prayer as recorded in Matthew 6. He ended His prayer with: “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 6:10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread. 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
You have probably noticed that Jesus gave instructions on prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 with this outline of how we should pray, and also gave a similar version of it in Luke 11:1-4 when the disciples asked Him privately how to pray after they saw Him praying off in the distance.
Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
Matthew 6 is part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and at that time He was teaching the disciples that had gathered to hear Him preach.
We see that Jesus gave this outline prayer on two separate occasions and they are similar but not exactly the same. “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” is not a part of the prayer outline in Luke 11.
When He taught His disciples how to pray on both occasions, Jesus directed their attention to God the Father right from the beginning with His opening statement about first showing honor to the Father and then He launches into the subject of His Kingdom.
Next, He shows us that we are to petition the Father to supply those things which make it possible to be a part of that Kingdom, i.e. daily [physical, and more importantly spiritual] bread, forgiveness for oneself, and also help to forgive others, and to be delivered from temptations and from evil.
Jesus shows us that we are to address our prayers to God our Father in heaven and to praise His name for all that He is, and to pray that His kingdom comes to earth. When we pray “thy will be done as it is in heaven”, we know that it is God’s will that men be saved and to live righteously, as God and His heavenly beings live righteously and in holiness before His throne in heaven. Jesus instructs us that we are to pray that the inhabitants of the earth will walk in all His commandments; this is another way of saying “thy kingdom come” for all will be taught the ways of God at that time and will not be allowed to live the way of evil. The prophecies tell us that this will be brought about when God’s Kingdom is established on earth.
We are then to ask our Father for the necessary things that make it possible for a believer to live according to God’s will and to be successful in our spiritual walk, qualifying us to be a part of the Kingdom for which we are praying for. Jesus instructs us to ask our Father that He would supply us with needed daily spiritual food and for divine protection to be kept safe even though we have trials and are being tested, in addition to being delivered from evil [and from the evil one].
But in the Sermon on the Mount version of His outline prayer Jesus concludes His petitions with His praise that acknowledges that the Kingdom belongs to God the Father; He is the Sovereign to whom the Kingdom belongs and it is He who possesses all POWER and GLORY. It is praise of exaltation affirming that God the Father is the source and originator of the power and the glory implying that it is God the Father who owns the universe and is Head over all, and that there is no other God besides Him.
Deuteronomy 4:3 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.
1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
Jeremiah 10:6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.
Deuteronomy 33:26 There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.
Psalm 95:3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 95:4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. 95:5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. 95:7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
Psalm 96:4 For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
Psalm 97:9 For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.
Psalm 113:4 The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
As we study this prayer, we see that everything fits, each statement or petition is part of a logical sequence of things that need to take place here on earth and in the life of a believer; and the prayer leads finally to the crowning statement that the kingdom of God [which is in heaven now, but is going to be put in place on this earth] belongs to the Lord; and that all power and glory belong to Him, as well.
The final word in the sentence is “forever” and indicates that the kingdom is not temporary nor fleeting. Jesus is saying that God’s Kingdom can never be destroyed or diminished, but will be in existence forever and ever; and this includes God’s power and glory which also will last forever. Then Christ adds “Amen” which means “so be it” or “truly”.
When we pray with our whole minds focused on God the Father, it helps us to envision what it will be like, and in our minds eye we can imagine the Kingdom of God as shining forth the awesome POWER and GLORY of our Great God because it is a reflection of Him! Everything about God is glorious and powerful and so will be His Kingdom here on earth just as it is in heaven!
Millions of people have memorized what is called the Lord’s Pray and it is often recited at religious services and gatherings of all types, but the travesty is that most of these people are saying the words by rote and are not really thinking of the words, nor do they really understand the implications of what this prayer is all about. It is all about appearing “religious” and sounding “pious” but the majority of those who recite this prayer are not living according to the principles it contains, and neither do they have any understanding of the POWER and GLORY of God and what His coming Kingdom entails. Even as the people of mainstream religions recite this prayer they do what they think is right, instead of what God commands and teaches.
The people who are not called at this time do not really believe it is a HOLY Kingdom and that it has a constitution with the laws, ordinances, and statutes of God which must be obeyed; and that only righteousness and holiness will be allowed into that kingdom; nor do they really believe that that kind of kingdom is coming here to earth someday in all of its splendor and glory; rather most believe that they go to heaven or hell when they die.
Jesus warned His followers against this type of mindless praying in His instruction on prayer in His Sermon on the Mount.
Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
For Thine Is The Kingdom
Jesus teaches us in Matthew 6:5-15 that the focus of our prayer life is to revolve on the fact that God has a Kingdom that Christ is preparing to be set up as King of all kings at His return, and we need to be preparing for it in this life.
It is Christ’s burning desire that the Kingdom be set up soon on earth and that all the inhabitants will be delivered from the evil that has permeated it since the time of Adam; and He also wants God’s children to have that same burning desire for the Kingdom to come as He has, and to set is as priority in their hearts and in their lives. In Jesus’ outline prayer He also emphasizes the need to pray for the things that will make us ready for that kingdom and make it possible to be a part of God’s Kingdom just as we have been studying for the past few weeks.
Jesus indicates to us that prayer should begin with awe and with a reverent fear as we praise our God and His name, then mentioning the Kingdom as we pray for it to come, and at the conclusion ending the prayer with praise and declaring that all, including the Kingdom, belongs to God. In this way we show that we truly believe this and that it is our desire as well; so we praise Him declaring to Him that He is the Sovereign Lord and He is Powerful enough to make all that He says come to pass.
As we pray for these things on a daily basis we affirm more and more that God’s kingdom will be here soon and that we want to be a part of it; someday we will see His power and glory visibly in its fullness; and all that He is and all that He has for His beloved faithful will be everlasting! and not like the temporary, evil dominion that we are living in now that is ruled by the principalities, the powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places.
As the beloved children of God who are being formed into His spiritual image, it is imperative that we pray and lift up our petitions in regard to His glorious Kingdom; just as Jesus, we yearn that it comes soon. When we pray for these things it shows that we are in harmony with His Plan for humanity and that we, too, desire that He will take over the powers that be and usher in righteousness and justice for all mankind and restore the earth back to its Eden splendor once again, and for all eternity.
When we are constantly praying for these things to happen, it reinforces God’s great plan of salvation in our mind, our actions, and in our intent. As humans who have a hard time imagining things that we have never experienced before, the coming Kingdom of God may be hard to see at this time and therefore hard to imagine. God desires that His children’s whole lives are centered on Him and on living in the light of His truth which includes having our hearts and minds set on the future that He has in store for us.
Prayer and keeping our minds focused on these things will increase our faith that all of God’s promises will come to pass exactly at God’s appointed time and that He is with us now helping us to get ready for them. This is part of what it means to be seeking and yearning for God’s Kingdom to come. As we pray for these things to happen as Jesus instructs us, we are acknowledging that this is God’s plan and purpose and that NOTHING is going to stop Him; there is no other power in heaven or on earth that can deter Him from performing the marvelous things He has promised.
Christ’s first petition in His prayer is “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” and He ends His prayer with “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.” Amen. He comes full circle back to the subject of the Kingdom of God.
It is Christ’s desire for His disciples to be focused upon and to have their hearts set upon the supreme glory of God and that His Kingdom is coming. Because we know and believe in God’s Word and that God keeps His promises, we can have faith that it is going to happen, even when the world around us mocks the idea that this present evil age is going end and that a new and righteous world is going to replace it. The people of the world have no real clue that this world is only temporary and that a much better “city” is coming. The Kingdom of God is being revealed to the called out and they eagerly look forward to it and so they devotedly pray for it to come to earth consistently for they see the evils in this world and know that only God can eradicate them at His return.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Hebrews 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Isaiah 64:1 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence.
Christ’s disciples are to be focused upon the heavenly Father and upon the Kingdom of God for that is where Christ’s focus was, and still is, as He and His Father are busy working at all the minute details in bringing it about.
John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
When Jesus was here on earth, His focus from the time of childhood until His last days was on the Kingdom of God. As a young lad of 12, He said to His parents when they found Him in the Temple discussing spiritual things with the elders: “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” See Luke 2:41-49)
Jesus ministry was totally about proclaiming and teaching the Kingdom of God, and to repent and believe the Gospel of Salvation and the way into that Kingdom. When He first called Simon and Andrew to come and be His disciples, one of the first things He said to them was that He wanted to make them “fishers of men”; meaning that He wanted to train them to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom and to teach those who responded the way of salvation; and in this way they would help Him bring sons and daughters into His Kingdom.
Mark 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. 1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. (See also Matthew 4:13-22)
After being tempted by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus went into the synagogues and began His ministry by announcing the purpose for which He had come; it was to preach the Gospel, to heal, to give sight to the blind, and to free the captives that they might be made ready for the soon coming kingdom.
Luke 4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
It was for the purpose of doing God the Father’s work on earth that would enable and empower others to become a part of the Family of God.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Jesus tirelessly went about preaching and teaching about the coming Kingdom and how the people who heard Him could be a part of it; by believing and repenting and living according to the will of His Father. His whole purpose for living was to do the work of His Father and to accomplish His mission.
John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Jesus came to heal and to give sight to the physically and spiritually blind, as an example that the people would one day be spiritually healed and their eyes would be opened to spiritual things. He also came to teach and train a group of disciples to help Him in His mission, to become laborers in bringing in the harvest.
Matthew 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
After His resurrection and ascension to God the Father, Christ commissioned His disciples to go and preach and teach the Gospel message to the world as He had done.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
The apostle Paul also knew that it was important to teach faithful men so that they, too, could go forth and teach others therefore enabling the whole Ekklesia to grow and thrive; and to be prepared to rule and teach in God’s kingdom.
2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Christ and the apostles taught that all we do should be to the glory of God and to His Kingdom; this was their driving passion and was the very heartbeat of our the Lord when He was here on earth as a man in the flesh. He sought to instill that passion into the hearts and minds of His followers, all those who were being called by His Father. He taught throughout His life and throughout His ministry that there can be no higher goal than to be pursuing the Kingdom of God and to help other men to obtain that goal as well. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness...”
Thine Is The Power
In Jesus’ last statement of His prayer, He gives God praise for the fact that all BELONGS to Him: the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, and adds “forever” which means that they will last throughout eternity. The definite article ”the” before the word “power” adds to the definition of the word “power” to mean the main and the most important power of all, asserting that the Father has all power in heaven and earth and that His power overshadows any other kind of power in all of the universe. God possesses not a small amount of some kind of power, but He possesses “The Power”; it is a power that is above all other power.
The Greek word for “power” is dunamis (Strong’s #1411) and is used 120 times in the New Testament.
Definition: (a) physical power, force, might, ability, efficacy, energy, meaning (b) plur: powerful deeds, deeds showing (physical) power, marvelous works. (Strong’s Concordance)
HELPS Word-studies: 1411 dýnamis (from 1410 /dýnamai, “able, having ability”) – properly, “ability to perform” (L-N); for the believer, power to achieve by applying the Lord’s inherent abilities. “Power through God’s ability” (1411/dýnamis) is needed in every scene of life to really grow in sanctification and prepare for [the Kingdom of] heaven (glorification). 1411 (dýnamis) is a very important term, used 120 times in the NT. (Helps Word-studies)
When we think of power we often think of the word “dynamite” which is derived from the Greek word dynamis, “Nobel originally sold dynamite as “Nobel’s Blasting Powder” but decided to change the name to dynamite, from the Ancient Greek word δύναμις dýnamis, meaning “power”. [Wiki]”
The English definition of “power” is:
1. Ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something.
2. Political or national strength.
3. Great or marked ability to do or act; strength; might; force.
4. The possession of control or command over others; authority; ascendancy: power over men’s minds.
5. Political ascendancy or control in the government of a country, state, etc.:
6. Legal ability, capacity, or authority: the power of attorney.
7. Delegated authority; authority granted to a person or persons in a particular office or capacity.
God is all powerful (dunamis) and there is nothing too hard for Him, and nothing in all the universe is able to oppose Him; what He chooses is what He does and there is nothing powerful enough that can thwart His purpose. He is Sovereign over all and His plans and purposes will stand forever.
Genesis 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
David knew what God was really like and he was very aware of God’s greatness and that He is All-Powerful. At the dedication of Solomon and of the materials gathered to build the Temple, David prayed for God’s blessing on Solomon and his people.
1 Chronicles 29:1 Furthermore David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the Lord God.
Then David prayed that God would be with his son Solomon who was to be the one to orchestrate the building of God’s holy Temple, and for the people of Israel.
Notice that the opening statements to David’s prayer was similar to the Lord’s prayer in that it ascribed the kingdom, all power, glory, victory and majesty to the Great God, Creator of heaven and earth. This is an awesome prayer as well.
David, who was a man after God’s own heart, had the same kind of awe and reverence toward His Lord that Jesus showed toward His heavenly Father in His outline prayer. King David and the Lord Jesus both proclaimed the wonders of God’s kingdom and of God’s great power and glory and that all these things were from everlasting and would last forever and ever. In both prayers they both indicate that God is Sovereign over all and everything comes from Him.
1 Chronicles 29:10 Therefore David blessed the Lord in the sight of all the assembly and said, “Blessed (praised, adored, and thanked) are You, O Lord God of Israel (Jacob) our father, forever and ever. 29:11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and on the earth; Yours is the dominion and kingdom, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. 29:12 Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all. In Your hand is power and might; and it is in Your hands to make great and to give strength to everyone. 29:13 Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.
Then David prays specifically for the people; and then for Solomon that God would bless him with a willing heart and to help him in the building of God’s House.
1 Chronicles 29:18 O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee: 29:19 And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision.
We, as the spiritual Israel of God, are in the process of building a spiritual Temple for the Lord, and this is an excellent example of prayer for us to emulate in our prayers to God in asking for His help [His power by means of His Holy Spirit] for ourselves and for the Ekklesia, to give us a “perfect heart to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace…”
David’s and Christ’s exuberant praise in regard to God’s power and glory asserts that God both possesses and presides over His vast kingdom; which includes the vastness of the heavens above and the whole earth below. Even though Satan is allowed to be ruler of the earth presently, God has the ultimate power over him and only permits him to rule in a limited capacity to fulfill God’s purpose, and not Satan’s. Also Satan’s rule is constricted and temporary, it will only last for a prescribed length of time and then he will be eliminated forever. It is God who possesses all power and is able to subdue and control Satan and all of his wicked spirits that are under him.
The Lord is the Sovereign King, who exercises supreme authority and has unrestricted power which is shown to men throughout the heavens and the earth. His dominion is an immense empire that stretches out over the entire universe. His power knows no bounds and is immeasurable, mere men cannot even begin to fathom the extent of His power.
We see awe-inspiring examples of God’s power in the physical realm such as hurricanes, thunder and lightening, volcanic activity, giant earthquakes, etc., but none of us witnessed His great power when He created the stars and the planets and all the living things on earth. He is powerful enough to create whole galaxies in an instant and still the raging seas with the word of His mouth.
Psalm 8:1 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. 8:3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
Isaiah 48:13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.
Luke 11:20 But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
God has power over all of Creation and He sustains it all by His power. Even though most people cannot discern His orchestration of the events that happen throughout the earth and the heavens, He is invisibly working out all the intricate details of the entire universe. He is also working behind the scenes when it comes to all the affairs of mankind, for He has the power to orchestrate all that happens in the world to fit His plan and purpose for them. From His throne room in heaven, God “works all things according to the counsel of His OWN will”.
Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
In the following passage Peter declares to the other disciples that God Himself promises that He will rebuild the tabernacle of David.
On the surface it can appear as if men are doing the work, but in actuality it is God who initiates and enables men to do the work; He Himself determines who among men will work on building His Temple and it is He who picks the exact time table for when something He wants to happen begins, and when it will be completely finished. Even though the men do not realized it, it is God working invisibly behind the scenes making His Words come to pass. He also gives gifts to those concerned to bring about what He wishes. Throughout all the Bible we see this happening and Scripture tells us that God works through men and women but it is He who inspires, activates, sustains, and finishes when it comes to His prophecies and His projects. And He is currently doing this in our time as the end time events are coming together.
Acts 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, 14:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. 15:18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
The Bible tells us in numerous other places that He has the power to make everything He predicts come to pass.
Isaiah 14:24 The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
Ezekiel 12:25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.
The Book of Hebrews speaks of the awesome supremacy and the power of the Almighty Creator who is able to sustain and uphold the universe and all that it contains, all by the word of His power.
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
The Bible speaks of many aspects of God’s power, in fact God’s whole Word is a testimony of God’s great power throughout history and reveals His power in what He is going to do in the future.
God’s Power in Creation
God manifests His power as we see in the creation of the world in which we live (Genesis 1). Throughout the Word of God, the creation of the natural world is cited as compelling testimony of the power of God.
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
In many of David’s psalms, David speaks poetically of the power of our Creator as shown by the wondrous works of God in the heavens such as the sun, moon, stars, planets, galaxies, great lights, etc. The heavens testify to the existence of God and His attributes and thus proclaim His glory as depicted in Psalm 19.
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 19:2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 19:3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 19:4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 19:5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 19:6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
Another psalm is Psalm 33, in which David continues the theme of creation as a proclamation of God’s glory and power. And just as Paul teaches that God is involved in the affairs of men, so, too, in verses 10-11 David speaks of God’s power to control the affairs of the peoples of the earth. David first tells of God’s power in the natural world, then brings out the fact that God has the power to bring His own plans into effect and can cancel out the plans of men when they are contrary to His purpose.
Psalm 33:6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. 33:7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. 33:8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 33:9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. 33:10 The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. 33:11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
The Demonstration of God’s Great Power in the Exodus Account
Last week in our study of “But Deliver us From Evil” we read about the Exodus and how God powerfully and miraculously delivered the children of Israel from their bondage to slavery in Egypt. From this event, we can also study of God’s great power which was displayed in His dealings with Pharaoh and the miracles that were performed to safely bring the children of Israel out from under their servitude to him and his people. At the same time, the miracles that happened provided for the demonstration of God’s power to the Egyptians and the surrounding nations that He alone is God and that the powers of their gods were nothing.
After God instructed Moses and Aaron as to what they were to do, they came and said to Pharaoh:
Exodus 5:1 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.
Pharaoh already had a hard heart, but God harden his heart further; and Pharaoh’s obstinate refusal to “let the people go” was by God’s design so that his arrogance and stubbornness would come into play in this whole scenario.
Exodus 7:3 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. 7:4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. 7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
After parting the Red Sea and delivering the Israelites out of the hand of Pharaoh and his army, God destroyed the Egyptians through even more miracles. God made plain His great power to the children of Israel along with all Egypt; and additionally to the surrounding nations that would hear of God’s miraculous deeds and fear greatly.
Exodus 14:30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. 14:31 And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses.
Then Moses and the people composed a victory song that sings of God’s POWER; His ability to deliver His people and to make His word come to pass.
Exodus 15:1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. 15:2 The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him. 15:3 The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name. 15:4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. 15:5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. 15:6 Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O Lord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
In comparison to the pagan gods, God is All-Powerful and glorious in holiness! Apart from God there is no god. This event instilled fear and awe in the hearts of the surrounding nations as the Israelites embarked on their journey through these nation’s lands after being delivered from Pharaoh.
Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? 15:12 Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them. 15:13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation. 15:14 The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina. 15:15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away. 15:16 Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O Lord, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased.
The children of Israel praised God for the great power He displayed in delivering them from their enemies, for they could now see that this God of Moses was God indeed, and that He alone was God who was also their Creator. They saw the miracles, and especially the miracle of the opening of the Red Sea, as proof of God’s power. All the recent events that had taken place in Egypt and then culminating with their deliverance from the pursuing army caused the Israelites to have faith that God was who He said He was and that if He could miraculously bring them out of Egypt, then He was capable of taking them through the wilderness to the Promised Land. The dramatic exodus from Egypt was indeed a demonstration of God’s POWER; and by His power and by delivering them from their hard bondage, God showed that He loved them and wanted them for His people.
Of course, we know that this generation later lost their faith and doubted that God could protect them and that they (with God’s help) could enter the land. Because of their lack of faith, God decreed that they would spend another forty years in the wilderness until that generation died out. Then later, Moses reminded the second generation of Israelites of the miraculous events that took place in their parents’ time that brought about the exodus and how all these things testify of the mighty power of God and not to have fear as they did.
Deuteronomy 4:32 For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it? 4:33 Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live? 4:34 Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 4:35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the Lord he is God; there is none else beside him. 4:36 Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire. 4:37 And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;
Much later King David, would also compose songs (or psalms) that would speak of the mighty miracles of the exodus and the ensuing events that happened afterward as displays of God’s great power, showing proof that there is nothing too hard for God to do.
Psalm 135:5 For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. 135:6 Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. 135:7 He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries. 135:8 Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast. 135:9 Who sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants. 135:10 Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings; 135:11 Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan: 135:12 And gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people.
The prophet Isaiah alludes to the events of old and he points to the magnificent power of God as being proof that He can and will do the same things for Israel in the future. If He could bring these things to pass, even delivering His people from Egypt by parting the Red Sea, then He is more than capable and willing to bring the future captives out from bondage.
These are prophecies calling for Israel (including spiritual Israel) to trust in God and place their hope completely in Him. God through Isaiah, speaks of even greater events that God is going to bring to pass in the latter days, events which involve another exodus from this present evil world. This same God that did those things in the past, is also able to bring to pass those things that will enable His called out people be fitted and qualified to become the spiritual children of God and to enter His Kingdom. God is showing that all these future events and the fact that He will strengthen His faithful children to get through these things will happen because of His great power. The One who has all this power is also their Lord and Savior so therefore they are not to fear.
This is admonishment for God’s people in our day as well! God is speaking to us through His prophet Isaiah, to those of us who are living in the end times and as we approach the tumultuous events that are prophesied to occur. For those who are faithful and putting Him above everything and everyone else, and are walking in the light of His truth, He says:
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 41:11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. 41:12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. 41:13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 42:5 Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: 42:6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. 42:8 I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Isaiah 43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
Isaiah 44:24 Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
Isaiah 45:12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
Isaiah 50:2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst. 50:3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.
Another one of God’s prophets, Jeremiah, was told by God to buy a field in Judah from his uncle’s son, and the subsequent events showed Jeremiah how God’s hand was very much involved in the affairs that were taking place.
Jeremiah later prayed and his prayer reveals his grasp of God’s power demonstrated in His creation and in the exodus; and that God’s power was still very much at play in the events that were happening in Judah in his day.
Jeremiah came to see that the same power that brought the children of Israel out of Egypt would bring the people of Judah out of their captivity in Babylon at the appointed time. (In our time, we can be assured and know that God’s power will bring His faithful people out of spiritual Babylon at the appointed time and bring us into His Kingdom.)
Jeremiah 32:9 And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle’s son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver. 32:10 And I subscribed the evidence, and sealed it, and took witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances. 32:11 So I took the evidence of the purchase, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open: 32:12 And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle’s son, and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison. 32:13 And I charged Baruch before them, saying, 32:14 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days. 32:15 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.
Jeremiah’s prayer to God in regard to His great power:
Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: 32:18 Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is his name, 32:19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings: 32:20 Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and hast made thee a name, as at this day; 32:21 And hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with great terror; 32:22 And hast given them this land, which thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey; 32:23 And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them: 32:24 Behold the mounts, they are come unto the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, that fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the pestilence: and what thou hast spoken is come to pass; and, behold, thou seest it.
The Power of the Messiah
The Messiah who was prophesied to come to save the world and set up a Holy and Righteous Kingdom was describe in Isaiah 9:6-7. That description included the title “Mighty God”.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
We are told in the book of Luke of the mighty power of God who fulfilled this prophecy and performed this great miracle at the appointed time. This was another mighty miracle of God that could only be brought about by His great power.
Luke 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 1:36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
The Messiah’s power was evident through the many miracles He performed throughout His 3 ½ year ministry on earth. The people were amazed by the many demonstrations of the power of God:
Matthew 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
When John the Baptist began to have second thoughts concerning Jesus, our Lord sent this word back to him:
Matthew 11:4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Luke 9:43 And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples,
John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
Acts 10:37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Jesus taught often about the power of God through the resurrection, and then showed that power by His own resurrection from the dead just three days after His crucifixion.
John 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
Matthew 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 28:7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
Acts 10:39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: 10:40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
1 Corinthians 6:14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
God Demonstrates His Power In His Disciples After Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension to His Father
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
The disciples came together to pray for God’s power to enable them to witness boldly the Word of the Lord and to do mighty miracles in Jesus name; and after praying for these things the building shook.
Acts 4:23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. 4:24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: 4:25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 4:26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. 4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 4:30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
When Jesus was here in the flesh as a man there were many men and women who were witnesses of the power that He had of His Father and saw His miracles; some were even the recipients of those miracles; but Jesus told His disciples that when He comes the second time, all will see Him coming in His full power and glory:
Matthew 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Matthew 26:64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
There are many, many Scriptures about the power of God and the subject of His power alone would make for a very good Bible Study. Here are just a few points that we can be thinking of as we move into the Fall Festivals, for it is by the power of God that all of His promises of the Kingdom and the symbolism that the Holy days depict will come into effect.
God extends His power to His Saints in order to prepare them and to get them ready to be kings and priests in His Kingdom by giving them His Holy Spirit. Paul prayed for the brethren that they would receive God’s power and that they would be strengthen in the inner man. These are things we can be thinking about, meditating on, and praying about as well.
Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Ephesians 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. [Paul indicates that it is God’s mighty power which works within him and not his own power.]
Paul also comforts us by stating that our weaknesses are not barriers to the power of God if we are in the process of overcoming and walking in the light of God’s truth. Rather, recognizing our weakness is the basis for our turning to God, and then relying upon His power to work in us. In this way, God receives all the glory.
2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Paul shows us that God’s people are not to trust in their own strength and in their own human operations when they serve God and do His work. In 1st Corinthians 1 he explains that God calls the weak of the world and that it is through weak and foolish men that God’s work is done here on earth. Through weak-appearing and unimpressive methods, God empowers those whom He calls to preach the Gospel and to be lights of His ways in the world for Him. As they do His work, God’s servants will know it is only through the power of God that they are able to convince and convert sinners and not in any power or expertise that they may have. In this way, men will give God the glory, and they will trust in Him and in His power, not in their own human power.
1 Corinthians 1:20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
All those called of the Father and who believe in and are living by His Word, know that our God is most powerful and that He not only has power, but He loves us and is willing to use His power to help us on a day to day basis. His mighty works of old transformed the lives of men and women in ancient times and His great power can transform our lives today; and in the future it will be by His great and awesome power that all of humanity will be transformed. He is going to call all men, each in his or her own time; some He is calling in this age, and there will be many more in the future phases of God’s plan; then all who respond in trusting obedience to His call will live with Him forever as sons and daughters of God.
When we pray “thine is the power”, we are expressing that we have total faith that He will use that power to enable those whom He is calling to walk in the Spirit; and then if we faithfully endure to the end, He will raise us up from the grave in great power just as He raised up His own beloved Son.
Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Because the kingdom and the power belong to God, all glory rightfully belongs to Him as well!
For Thine is the Glory
Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 6:2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
In the sixth chapter of Isaiah the prophet tells of his vision of the heavenly domain of God and of the resplendence of His throne room. He saw the heavenly angels that were round and about God as He was sitting upon His throne, and one of them cried out to another [to call or to proclaim] Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” The sound of the angel’s voice was so powerful that it made the foundations of the thresholds tremble.
Isaiah 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 6:3 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Isaiah was so moved at what he saw that he said [answered]:
Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.
The angels were proclaiming that the whole earth is full of God’s glory!
When we look beyond the pollution and the damage that man has done we can see that the planet Earth is beautiful and dazzling and all of creation speaks of the glory and creative power of God.
The apostle Paul spoke out against the people of his day who say there is no God or that He is nothing and is not worthy to be worshiped and obeyed.
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
The earth and the heavens and all that they contain were created by God; His creation is a reflection of His glory and His great creative powers.
It is the same today as in Paul’s day, that most of the people do not acknowledge the true God and even if they do acknowledge that God is the Creator, they do not honor Him enough to do as He says. Rather they ascribe the pagan practices of other [false] gods to Him and do as they please and believe what they want.
But there is another kind of glory beyond the physical glory that we can see in the natural world. The unseen glory is the spiritual glory of God which is only being revealed to those whom He calls and if they are obeying Him. God’s glory is revealed to His faithful children as they seek Him and study to learn of Him and get to know the Father and His beloved Son for who They are. The Gospel of the Kingdom and the message of how men and women can be saved and go on to inherit eternal life, reflects the love and glory of God most magnificently.
“And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh [people and nations] shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 4:5)
Isaiah says in a later chapter that when the earth is being leveled out and made ready for the Kingdom of God to go forth throughout the land, THEN the glory of the Lord will be revealed and all people will have the veil taken from off their eyes. They will finally be able to see the GLORY of the Lord, both the physical glory and also His spiritual glory. This is going to be beautiful and well…. “glorious”, and when we “pray thine is the glory” and when we speak of the glory of God in our prayers, so many passages that speak of His glory come to mind.
Isaiah 40:4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: 40:5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it 40:6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: 40:7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
40:9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! 40:10 Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. 40:12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? 40:13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him? 40:14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding? 40:15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
This passage of Scripture can fill us with hope as we meditate upon God’s glory and His majestic power. And the knowledge that we all will pass away like the grass is what helps us to realize that we are all nothing, and God is the one from whom all glory comes. God’s glory will be the source of any kind of lasting glory that we may obtain (and it will be through Christ) if we remain faithful and we are chosen to be resurrected to glorious spirit.
Hebrews 2:9 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
When God created the world and then recreated it in Genesis 1, the earth was filled with the glory of God, and it still is, but because of man’s sin much of it has become polluted and destroyed. But Christ is going to return and when He does it will be even more filled with His glory when the earth has been restored to Eden conditions once again. It will also be filled with glory when all men, women, and children (and all the nations of the world) are living righteously and walking in harmony with their Creator with all of His laws having been written on their hearts.
They will not only see the glory of the natural physical world, but God is going to reveal His spiritual glory and there will be a brand new awareness of the glory that was there all along; but they just could not see it until the veil had been lifted from their hearts and minds.
God says that He is going to reveal His glory to all people on earth and they shall see it “the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh [all people and nations] shall SEE it together”….. And this is absolutely going to happen for “for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”
Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
Those who are called and who have been given God’s Holy Spirit are given this precious privilege now in our lifetimes. Through the power of God’s Spirit we are able to see the glory of God’s truth and His Gospel if we have the Holy Spirit enlightening the eyes of our understanding. We can then approach God’s throne room and proclaim as the angles do “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory ” and pray to our heavenly Father as Jesus did, “for thine is the GLORY”!
We can ask our Dad, our ABBA Father, to flood our minds and our hearts with His glory and to more fully enlighten the eyes of our understanding to SEE His goodness, His loving kindness, His Plan that He has for us and for all mankind, to see and acknowledge His Sovereignty in our lives and over all of creation. He is a God of splendor and majesty and we must see Him as such, and this is what we can pray for. We can also pray that He would help us to shift our gaze away from the worthless things that tend to take up so much of our attention; and then to fix our eyes upon His GLORY. God made all us to ultimately see His glory (all who will finally turn to Him) in all of its fullness; and some of us are being called to envision and understand His glory at this time, even before the rest of humanity. (To whom much is given much is required).
God’s intrinsic glory is His divine nature of all that God is about, His character and all of His attributes. His glory is the sum total of all His divine perfections and holy attributes. There is nothing in the whole universe that can take away from or add to God’s glory. Because of God’s intrinsic glory, men and women should give their praise and honor to Him alone and give Him the glory due His name.
All of God’s servants praised Him for His glory and as Jesus shows us in His prayer, we, too, should praise our heavenly Father (and Christ, too, for He is one with the Father and shares in all that is the Father’s) for His Kingdom, His power, and His Glory on a daily basis.
Jesus, by His model prayer, shows us how. In direct response to His vast sovereignty and unlimited power, we must ascribe all glory to Him. And it is only fitting as the children of God, that our Mighty God, who is so awesome and full of mercy and lovingkindness, be acknowledged as such, and to be shown adoration in our prayers.
Isaiah 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
Psalm 29:1 Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. 29:2 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Deuteronomy 5:6 I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 5:7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me. 5:8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: 5:9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
When we add “forever” we affirm that God has ever been and will exist throughout eternity. Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory FOREVER. The things of God are eternal and His Goodness and Majesty will never end and will last throughout time, and He will never change.
When we pray for God’s Kingdom to come and that the Kingdom is God’s along with His power and glory, we affirm that God is everlasting and that there will be no end. All of His attributes are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow; and we can be assured and take comfort that He will never change and that nothing can destroy Him or make Him to cease. What He promises will be, and the coming Kingdom of God will last forever, it will keep going on and will never end. He is Almighty God; He is the Alpha and Omega.
Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
1 Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Because His kingdom, power and glory is without end, so should our praise be without ceasing. Because of who He is, and what He is doing and for His glorious plan and purpose for us and the whole earth; every moment of our lives should be filled with praise for God, both now, and throughout all eternity.
At the end of the Lord’s prayer, Jesus concludes it with “Amen”. Amen means “so be it” or “so shall it be” and when we say “amen” after what we just prayed for, we are saying “so be it” to the praises, petitions, and affirmations contained in our prayer. “Amen” is a Hebrew word (Strong’s #543) and means verily or truly. This word at the end of a statement signifies that which is being said is faithful or true, in all sincerely, but when we pray we must always under-gird our prayer with “thy will be done” and not our own.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “The word amen (/ˌɑːˈmɛn/ or /ˌeɪˈmɛn/; Hebrew: אָמֵן, Modern amen, Tiberian ʾāmēn; Greek: ἀμήν; Arabic: آمين, ʾāmīn ; “So be it; truly”) is a declaration of affirmation found in theHebrew Bible and the New Testament. It has been generally adopted in Christian worship as a concluding word for prayers and hymns. Common English translations of the word amen include “verily” and “truly”. It can also be used colloquially to express strong agreement, as in, for instance, amen to that.”
Jesus teaches us by His example that we should conclude our prayers with the affirmation of “amen.” This is a term we see at the end of many verses in the Bible; it is a word that comes from a Hebrew root meaning to be firm and secure. “Amen” eventually came to mean: “It is immovably true.” Likewise, this should be our concluding declaration to God at the end of our prayers. We are in essence saying “amen” to all that we know to be true about God, that we desire and look forward to His holy and righteous Kingdom, and that we agree with His sovereign will in our lives and in the lives of all mankind. It is also “amen” to His daily provisions, His forgiveness of our sins, to His power to lead us away from temptation and to deliver us from all that is evil; it is “amen” to His power and glory!
All prayer should include praise and thankfulness to our Great God for all that He is and all that He does for us. The “amen” is a firm and secure affirmation that we truly believe that He is a good and loving and just God, and that there is none other God. Only He is worthy of our worship and we affirm that glory belongs exclusively to Him…. forever.
In our modern times, the prosperity gospel of “name it and claim it” teaches its followers to focus their prayers on self-centered demands from God, to continually ask for things that they think that they need or even want, right up to the fulfilling of their indulgences; but rather we are to always ask that “thy will be done” and “what would You have me to do, Lord?’” and “what is best for all concerned in this particular situation?”
We must not let the world influence us as to how or what to pray for, or let it infiltrate our idea of what prayer is about. It is a privilege to come before God, to seek Him and to draw close to Him, to ask Him for help in how we should live, and that we be delivered from evil; we must never allow ourselves to abuse God’s privilege of letting us have access to His throne room.
Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
We must never neglect our daily contact with our heavenly Father and when we come before God to pray, we must always keep in mind that our prayers are petitions to the Great King of the universe, and we must not denigrate it for personal reasons, for if we do it is an offense to God our Father.
We need to also be evaluating our own personal behavior on a daily basis and repenting as we see need, asking for forgiveness and for the gift of God’s Holy Spirit from which flows strength and empowerment to be able to overcome all things. And then pray for others that they, too, will be given the opportunity to come to the full knowledge of the truth some day, to overcome and to be granted salvation, just as it is God’s will that we and all men be saved.
1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
At the end of Jesus’ prayer He says that “Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.” By saying this He assays that the kingdom of God belongs to the Father and He also possesses the power to bring to pass all the things that are contained in the Word of God. When we pray as Jesus taught us to pray we show that we are in agreement with God in petitioning the Father for those very things to happen according to His will.
Jesus our Lord was passionate in teaching us to pray for the Kingdom and then to ascribe all glory and power to God. Everything we think, say, and do must yield to and reflect the glory of God!
1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
The Lord’s prayer is a reflection of the Lord’s heart and what He was thinking when He was here on earth and training His disciples at that time. He sets the example for all of His followers as to how we are to come before God with reverence and faith, and to this end all intercession before the throne of God must begin and end with resounding praise to Him. From the beginning to the very end of our prayers, all that we say and all that we ask for must be for the glory of God and His Kingdom.
Have a wonder Sabbath everyone,
Constance Belanger and James Malm