The Lord's Prayer - The Ultimate Good News

Series: The Lord’s Prayer

Sunday am 24th November 2019 – Kobus Swart

Matt. 6:11-15; (Matt. 5:44); (Luke 23:34); Matt. 18:21-35; Jas. 1:13; 1 Cor. 15:21-28; Acts 3:19-21; Dan. 2:44; (Rev. 11:15); Isa. 9:6-7; Hag. 2:7-8; (Rev. 13:8 – KJV);  Eph. 1:4-5; John 1:29; Col. 1:20-22; 2 Cor. 5:19; Rom. 5:18; Matt. 18:12-14; John 1:10-13; Rom. 10:8-10

Let’s look at the rest of the Lord’s Prayer. When you read the Lord’s prayer (Matt 6:9-13), do so with an open heart!  For example – “Give us this day our daily bread…” is not simply asking Him for His provision. The Name of God, Yahweh Jireh means, YHVH is my Provision, not just ‘my provider’ as if I am just taking from Him. God is my provision and in that intimate relationship we can expect that we will never go without food.

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors (Matt. 6:12). Jesus comes back to this in verse 14, For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions (Matt. 6:14-15). Forgiveness is powerful and can work for us, or unforgiveness can work against us. Jesus said, “Pray for them which despitefully use you” (Matt. 5:44). Despitefully means that you did nothing to cause or deserve it. That is why Jesus prayed on the cross, “Forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34). You are stuck if you do not forgive those who hurt you. Only through forgiveness will you be healed. Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. Then summoning him, his lord *said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart” (Matt. 18:21-35).

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil (Matt. 6:13). The question you might ask is, “How can God lead me into temptation?” Keep us safe from ourselves and the devil (Matt. 6:13 – Msg). Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust (Jas. 1:13-14).

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever (Matt. 6:13b). This is the ultimate good news! For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. The Bible is clear on how that will take place. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all (1 Cor. 15:21-28). Nobody knows how big the universe is; all we know is that God will be ALL IN ALL!

Therefore repent and return (come to the original blue-print of who He created you to be), so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time (Acts 3:19-21). God has never deviated from His original plan. God’s original plan is still His ultimate intention. He is going to fill all in all.

Three of the prophecies (spoken by the prophets of ancient time):

  1. Dan. 2:44 – In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever. That is the kingdom of God. The kingdoms of the world have become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever (Rev. 11:15).
  2. Isa. 9:6-7 – For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace. God’s kingdom is ever expanding, with peace.
  3. Haggai 2:7-8 – I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of hosts.

These are just a few of the Messianic prophecies. Ultimately even Jesus will hand the kingdom over to His Father who is going to fill all in all. God’s infinite love will win, will heal and will restore everything. Our God is love, our God is light; our God is spirit. He is going to fill everything.

The final chapter of human history has been written before it even started. The Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8 – KJV). God’s plan has been in place even before history even started. You have been chosen in Him before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4-5). … and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— (Col. 1:20-22). … God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19). God in Christ reconciled humanity to Himself. Too many walk with the word of condemnation instead of the word of reconciliation! We must remind people of the finished works for the world. So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men (Rom. 5:18). Expand your spiritual thinking about the finished works. Other Scriptures: Matt. 18:12-14. It is not the will of the Father that even one should perish. That is the God who is love.

However, our response to the finished works is critically important. “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His Name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:11-13). “…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved…”  (Rom. 10:8-10). There is a process in which God is going to fill all in all. Walk as overcomers; the price has been paid!