And he said to them, When you pray, say, Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done…
What is this kingdom, the coming of which our Lord thus commands us to ask and wish for? The kingdom of God, so far as we have any concern with it in this prayer — so far as it is still to come, and must therefore be something different from that rule and dominion which He is always exercising over every part of His creation — is a threefold kingdom.
I. There is His kingdom and authority over the souls of all true believers, which we call His SPIRITUAL KINGDOM.
II. There is His kingdom upon earth, or His Church, which we call HIS VISIBLE KINGDOM, because it is visible to all men, and all may see it.
III. There is His HEAVENLY KINGDOM, which is to come after the resurrection, and to last for ever.
(A. W. Hare.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.