The Lord’s Prayer – For Yours is the Kingdom

Do you have a King James Version of the Bible?

If you do, then I encourage you to pull it out. Or go on-line and compare Matthew 6:13 in the NIV and the KJV.

You’ll see something; or rather you won’t see something in the NIV. I like to use different bible translations in my studies. The word selection or the word order brings out the richness and the breadth of God’s truth. And honestly, there are many times I just really like how the KJV says something. It is quite beautiful.

Here’s what the KJV says in Matthew 6:13 of the Lord’s Prayer:

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

You see, if I use just the NIV for the Lord’s Prayer, then I would have finished my study yesterday. The NIV ends the Lord’s Prayer with these words: but deliver us from the evil one.

I’m glad the KJV translators chose to go further. As I studied this week, I learned there is some uncertainty regarding the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer. There is some thought that the apostles or early Christians added the traditional ending as they ended with the praise and worship of their God. If you take a look at Scripture, especially prayers of the Old Testament, you see the consistent theme of praise and worship at the start and the end of their prayers. God is acknowledged. God is praised. God is worshipped.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

After the past few days of looking at the issues of forgiveness, temptation, and evil, I’m pretty happy about turning my eyes, my heart, and my mind heavenward.

So let’s get to it! I looked up Matthew 6:13 in my Greek study bible and got an even richer translation of the ending of the Lord’s Prayer. Let me share some definitions…

Kingdom – Basileia.

Basileia means royal power, kingship, dominion and rule. Basileia is not an actual, earthly kingdom. It is instead the right or authority to rule over a kingdom. Consider it this way, it is the royal power of Jesus Christ as our triumphant Messiah. Or another way it is the royal power and dignity conferred upon Christians through Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.

Power – Dynamis

Next, power is from the Greek word, dynamis. Dynamis is the inherent power residing inside of a person or thing and how it exerts it. Dynamis involves moral power and excellence of soul.

Glory – Doxa

Lastly, glory comes from the Greek word, doxa. Doxa means a whole lotta stuff! Here’s the definition of doxa in its entirety…
  1. splendour, brightness
    1. of the moon, sun, stars
    2. magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace
    3. majesty
      1. a thing belonging to God
      2. the kingly majesty which belongs to him as supreme ruler, majesty in the sense of the absolute perfection of the deity
      3. a thing belonging to Christ
    4. the kingly majesty of the Messiah
    5. the absolutely perfect inward or personal excellency of Christ; the majesty
      1. of the angels  
    6. as apparent in their exterior brightness
  2. a most glorious condition, most exalted state
    1. of that condition with God the Father in heaven to which Christ was raised after he had achieved his work on earth
    2. the glorious condition of blessedness into which is appointed and promised that true Christians shall enter after their Saviour’s return from heaven

Talk about a lot of meaning, significance and power contained in a single word, doxa!

As we pray, for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, with the meanings we’ve just been given, it isn’t too difficult to imagine ourselves bowed before our Father in heaven and our Savior and Lord, Jesus with our hands lifted in praise. The splendor, majesty, perfection and holiness of our God and our King are acknowledged and realized as we pray…

Our Father in Heaven
Hallowed be your name

Your Kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us our debts
As we forgive our trespassers
Lead us not into temptation
Deliver us from evil
For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

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