19. Affirmation

The closing statement of Jesus' prayer and creed is, "for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever." His affirmation of the nature of God - kingdom, power, and glory - stand apart from the last word, forever. So here we talk about God's nature and discuss eternity next.

Early in Jesus' prayer, he prayed that God's kingdom would come on earth, as it is in heaven. We worked on that several pages back. We also admitted that God has the power to do what He wishes, whenever he wishes. Hopefully, we have agreed that God uses his power to give us comfort, peace and security.

So it is duplication to go back into the fact that creation is God's kingdom, designed by him, functioning according to his purpose. The fact that his purpose may seem strange or incomprehensible to us does not change the fact that God is in charge. It is his kingdom and he has full power. So there is no debate about that.

But why glory? What is God's glory? Glory as used here means that God is due honor, praise and worship, but not simply because he is God. It is not very exciting to bow down and glorify God only because he is the creator with full power.

We can glorify and worship God only after we experience him face-to-face. Once we have a personal meeting with the God of creation, and are touched by his awesome love, we cannot resist calling him glorious. Then we worship and glorify him because we personally know him, his love, majesty, and plan.

When we know we have an eternal security in him and from him, our fragility and loneliness vanish. That is a glorious experience, so we tell him our feelings. It is easy to say, Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory - forever.

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