Au g ust 2015
WORDS OF PRAISE CLOSE THE LORD’S PRAYER
You will notice that in the New International Version of the New Testament, which we are using, the doxology is omitted at the end of the Lord’s Prayer. Some of the scholars and critics leave it out because it is not found in some of the ancient manuscripts. The great scholar Adam Clarke thinks that is no excuse for leaving it out, and the King James translators felt it important to include it. As I see it, Jesus is giving a model prayer to His disciples, and this doxology is a logical conclusion to that prayer. So I feel it should be included, and we will now study the very important implications of the words He uses.
The words of this doxology (which means a declaration of praise) are, “For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, forever. Amen”. I know we have mentioned this before, but I feel that the implications are so very important that they bear repeating. A false concept of what the Kingdom of God is lies at the root of nearly all the religious division in the world today. Organizations that we call “churches” do not represent the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place where God, the King, sits on His throne surrounded by all the citizens who obey His laws and commands. Heaven is that dimension of absolute perfection and love in which God dwells. He created man in His own image so that he could be the object of His love and could love Him in return. Those who strive to love goodness, mercy, truth and all the other characteristics of the personality of God, love God, and are in His Kingdom. The laws of that Kingdom are only the personal characteristics of God Himself, so His is the Kingdom, and He is not in competition with the Devil, for He has all power. The Devil is only a tempter to cause man to love himself. He has no power. And because the Creator is a Creator of complete love and mercy, He is to be glorified by all who choose to be His subjects.
For these reasons Jesus not only begins His prayer with praise, saying “Hallowed be Thy name”, but closes it with praise with the statement of God being the Kingdom of love and maintaining the power over all Creation with love and mercy, which calls for a resounding proclamation of glory to Him now and forever.