Through Jesus Christ Our Lord Conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord• The first part is a Coptic tradition.• John 14:13- Evidence for the part.• “We have this verse in The Lord’s Prayer from a Mediaeval Manuscript (13-15 Cen.) from the Coptic Museum in Cairo, it is the Agpeya. We read in the Coptic and Arabic text of the Lord Prayer, the last verse: “Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.” This means we have this verse from at least the 15th Century.”- Coptic Theologian Dr Magdi Awad
Your Kingdom Come• Kingdom- we are constantly reminded of where our home is.• "If you are a Christian, no earthly city is yours. Of our City the Builder and Maker is God. Though we may gain possession of the whole world, we are but strangers and sojourners in it all! We are enrolled in Heaven: our citizenship is there! Let us not, after the manner of little children, despise things that are great, and admire those which are little." -St. John Chrysostom
Where is the Kingdom Of God?• “Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”- Luke 7:20-21.• “The kingdom of God being within us, means that joy that is implanted in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. For that is, as it were, the image and pledge of the everlasting joy with which in the world to come the souls of the Saints rejoice.”- St Gregory of Nyssa.
• “Thus it is clear that he who prays for the coming of God’s kingdom prays rightly to have it within himself, that there it might grow and bear fruit and become perfect. For God reigns in each of his holy ones. Anyone who is holy obeys the spiritual laws of God, who dwells in him as in a well- ordered city. The Father is present in the perfect soul, and with him Christ reigns, according to the words: We shall come to him and make our home with him.”- Origen On Prayer.
How do I get there?• "Enter eagerly into the treasure house that lies within you, and so you will see the treasure house of heaven: for the two are the same, and there is but one single entry to them both. The ladder that leads to the Kingdom is hidden within you, and is found in your own soul. Dive into yourself and in your soul you will discover the beginning of the ladder by which to ascend."-St. Isaac the Syrian• To attain the kingdom of heaven we must follow Matthew 5:20.
Please explain!• "Unless your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 5:20). What does exceed refer to? In the first place, we must believe not only in the Father, but also in His Son now revealed; for He it is Who leads man into fellowship and unity with God. In the next place, we must not only say, but we must do; for they said and did not. And we must not only abstain from evil deeds, but even from the desires after them. Now He did not teach us these things as being opposed to the Law, but as fulfilling the law, and implanting in us the varied righteousness of the Law."- St Irenaeus.
What Power?• “O Lord, You alone of all the powerful, defeated sin, the world and the devil, while all others were too weak to resist sin. “For she has cast down many wounded, and all who were slain by here were strong men.”- Prov 7:26. As it is said in the Holy Bible: “They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.”- Ps. 14:3• But You God, You are the Only One who challenged the world, saying, “Which of you convicts Me of sin.”(John 8:46).”- H.H. Pope Shenouda III, For Thine is the Power and The Glory.
• Power comes from God alone.• Power over nature, creation, man and most importantly sin.• “Thus He not only frees you from the dangers that are approaching thee, but can make thee also glorious and illustrious. For as His power is great, so also is His glory unspeakable, and they are all boundless, and no end of them.”- St John Chrysostom.
And the glory…• God’s glory is a radiance of His holiness and infinitely worthy perfections.• “The glory of God gives life; those who see God receive life.”- St Irenaeus• The last part is praise to God. Why?• Praise is the highest level of prayer.• God doesn’t need praise from us, there’s hosts of the heavenly doing that. Rather we give Him His rightful titles and glory.
Evidence• “For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, since if His be the kingdom, none need fear, since even he who fights against us, must be His subject. But since His power and glory are infinite, He cannot only deliver them evil, but also make glorious.”- St John Chrysostom.• “A son honours his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honour? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? Says the LORD of hosts.”- Mal. 1:6
• “Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, And You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honour come from You And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all. “Now therefore, our God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name.”- 1 Chron. 29:10-13.
• “Yours is the kingdom has reference to Your kingdom come, that none should therefore say, God has no kingdom on earth. The power, answers to Your will be done, as in earth so in heaven, that none should say thereon that God cannot perform whatever He would. And the glory, answers to all that follows, in which Gods glory is shown forth.”- St John Chrysostom.
Forever and ever.• “And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “ Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”- Rev. 5:13• Hos Erof
Amen.• “Amen, which appears here at the close, is the seal of the Lords Prayer.”- St Jerome.• “This petition with which the Lords Prayer concludes is of such extent, that a Christian man in whatever tribulation cast, will in this petition utter groans, in this shed tears, here begin and here end his prayer. And therefore follows Amen, by which is expressed the strong desire of him that prays.”- St Augustine.
Conclusion.• "The honour of God in the "Father", the witness of faith in the "Name", the offering of obedience in the "Will", the remembrance of hope in the "Kingdom", the petition for life in the "Bread", the complete admission of our sins in the prayer to "Forgive", the watchful fear of temptation in the "Lead us not...", and no wonder. Only God could teach us how to pray to Him."- Tertuillan, On Prayer.