|Reverend LC Muzembi|
"...Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven..." You find this in the King James Version, some other translations don’t have this, and you can understand why from scripture.
After resurrection the disciples came together and asked Jesus "Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" Acts 1:6-8.
The Holy Ghost came to give us who believe an experience of "things pertaining to the kingdom of God." An example of the life hereafter.
We don’t look forward to God establishing his kingdom on this world that shall be dissolved, but we’re "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless" 2 Peter 3:12-14.
Apostle John says, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure" 1 John 3:2-3.
Hope set before us is, a new kingdom is coming, a new heaven and earth. These our bodies are our earthly house, a tent, meaning a temporary habitation, and every moment we spend in these earthly bodies is time spent away from our eternal home in heaven with Jesus.
Thus, one day we will all die, or, we will be unclothed, but further clothed with heavenly bodies, "that mortality may be swallowed up by life" 2 Corinthians 5:4. God, has given us the Spirit to guarantee this, to prepare us for this transition.
This is what God has prepared for us, that while in our present bodies, we should look forward to the day when we shall have heavenly bodies, that day when we shall put on like new clothes, the we die and slip into our new bodies. It’s only a matter of time, these dying bodies will be swallowed up by our heavenly bodies.
"We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord" 2 Corinthians 5:8.
However, while in this body, what you do will determine your destiny, for each one of us will receive the things done in the body, "according to what he has done, whether good or bad" 2 Corinthians 5:9. Make it your aim, to be well pleasing to God, so that where he’s you’ll be also.
That’s the better hope my friend, this world has nothing for us who believe except that these our bodies are constantly facing death just as Jesus did; "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;" so it can be clear to all that it is only Jesus Christ within keeping us safe.
"For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal" 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Whether we die now, suffer now hunger now; these troubles and sufferings of ours are temporal, but will result in God’s blessing upon us. The troubles will soon be over, yet not worthy to be compared with the eternal joys to come hereafter, not in this world, but in the one to come. "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable" 1 Corinthians 15:19.
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