In our ageing dilemma, when life’s burdens  seem endless, the prayer “Thy kingdom come”  has many and wide implications. Can we conceive anything more universally impressive  and more divinely beautiful, than our Lord  teaching his disciples to pray “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done upon earth as it is in heaven”?  What a sublime thought.

That is what will be upon earth in the  human sphere “as it is in heaven” – as the angels  of God forever. We think of the kingdom in the past when the throne of the Lord was  in Jerusalem, and the kingdom of David and  Solomon flourished and it is never to be lost  sight of. That the future kingdom is in God’s  purpose rooted in His working with Israel in  history, is a vital truth. As the purpose with the  body is that it shall be clothed with immortality  so that it shall become fitted for eternal life, so  the purpose with the earth is that it shall abide  for ever as the dwelling place of beings, whose  whole existence shall be a praise.

How then do we attain to this life? We  read in 1 John 5:11-12 – “this is the record,  that God has given to us eternal life, and this  life is in his son.” It is not in us but in a sense  we may be said to have it, for the apostle says,  “He that hath the son has life”. What does it  mean to have “the son”?

Is it not to believe his Gospel and to be  baptized into him and to abide in him by faith  and obedience – unquestionably it is this. It is  the gift of God. “For the wages of sin is death,  but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus  Christ our Lord” (Rom 6:23).

Yes, “by grace are we saved through faith  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God”  (Eph 2:8). For in Christ “we have redemption  through his blood, the forgiveness of sins  according to the riches of God’s grace” (Eph  1:7).

This is the way of eternal life. “Christ as the  life” is unseen as yet, but shortly he will appear  and those words “Thy kingdom come” will be  fulfilled, and as the adopted sons and daughters  of God, we will be forgiven, reconciled to God,  by His grace, through faith and repentance and  baptism into Christ.

Our prayer then is, “Thy kingdom come” that  God’s will might be done.