The Lord’s Prayer is not for the man in Christ!
Updated: Sep 23, 2020
We have come to know that what is termed as the Lord’s Prayer is not for the man in Christ. It was for the generation that existed before the death and resurrection of Christ.
It was for the people expecting the establishment of the kingdom of God. The kingdom has now come. We are in the day where we have our sufficient bread or eternal life and forgiveness of sins.
THERE WE GO:
Matthew 6: 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
The kingdom of God has already come. The will of God has already been done. It was the expectation of the Old Testament folks for the kingdom of God to come and the will of God to be done. The will of God was fulfilled the day Christ resurrected from the dead, it was the day the new creation of God was made.
The man in Christ has been the dream and will of God from creation. The image of God is the new creation in Christ. Christ taking residence in the heart of men is the coming of the kingdom. This kingdom is not a political or physical kingdom. It is a spiritual kingdom in the heart of men where Christ rules. The kingdom is Christ and he rules in the heart of men.
It is therefore not appropriate for the believer to pray for the kingdom of God to come or the will of God to be done as in the context of the opening text. The believer is the will of God and the kingdom of God has come into the heart of the believer.
Therefore, the supposed Lord's Prayer is not the prayer of the New Testament believer. The new creation (2 Cor 5:17) is the will of God, therefore I am God's will and his kingdom is established in my heart.
Matthew 6: 11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Every significant phrase in the what is termed as the Lord’s prayer is a prophecy, wishes and desires of the Old Testament folks or the elders about Christ. The above has a prophetic connotation which requires interpretation with the Christ lens.
Give us this day our daily or sufficient bread is not about our daily needs or material provision from God. Jesus is our living bread that came down from heaven, that men may eat and not die. Our fathers or elders ate manna and died but whosoever eats this bread from heaven will not die but have eternal life.
To eat the bread of life is to believe in Christ for eternal life. This is the will of God that men will have eternal life through believing in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus our daily bread has been freely offered.
It is required of the unbelievers to eat and have life. The believer has eaten and therefore has life. Christ has become his daily bread. What about you? Have you eaten of this bread? Christ is our daily bread. I have eaten this bread therefore I have eternal life. I don’t ask God to give me daily bread again.
Matthew 6: 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
The Kingdom of God has come. The will of God which is the availability of salvation through faith in the resurrection of Christ has been done. Jesus our sufficient bread has been given. All these blessings are what we have in the kingdom of God which has come.
Matthew 6: 12 also reveals to us one of such blessings in Christ. In the kingdom of God, we have forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness of sins in Christ was prophesied by the prophets. It was practiced in shadows and types through the blood of animals. The one time shed blood of Jesus granted eternal forgiveness for those that expresses faith in Christ.
In Christ we have forgiveness of sin/sins( Eph 1:7, Col 1:14, 1 John 1:1-2 etc). Forgiveness of sins is therefore not a prayer request in the kingdom of God. In the kingdom of God, we forgive our brethren based on the forgiveness we have received in Christ.
In the Old Testament, they have to forgive others so that God will forgive them, but in Christ, we forgive because Christ forgave us. We have been forgiven our debt, therefore we must forgive others their debt. In Christ, I have forgiveness of sins, therefore I am expected to forgive others theirs sins because I am already forgiven.
Matthew 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.
One of the things we have in the kingdom of God is the accurate knowledge of the true nature of God. God does not tempt. James emphatically said, let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one( James 1:17). God does not tempt you with evil or sin to see whether you will pass or fail.
Christ is the true God. Whatever is true about Christ is true about God. Christ did not kill anybody, so God does not kill. Christ did not inflict pain and sickness on people, therefore God does not do such.
God is our deliverer from evil. He has delivered us from the power of darkness into the kingdom of his dear son ( Col 1:13). We born-again Christians live in the day of his power and glory.
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