Scripture Reading: Luke 11:1-2
Allover the world, in churches, cathedrals, and other assembly halls, millions of professing Christians faithfully recite the so-called "Lord's Prayer" as a part of the order of service as they conduct their worship programs. In actuality, this is not the "Lord's Prayer" but a prayer which Jesus taught His disciples in response to their request.
One of His disciples said unto Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples" (Luke 11:1). This took place during Christ's earthly ministry, which dealt exclusively with the nation of Israel. Note the first request "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth." Israel had been promised a kingdom which was to come down from heaven and was to be ruled by Christ their King. Obviously, this request is not an appropriate one to be made by the saints of this dispensation of grace. Today's believer has not been promised an earthly kingdom but heaven itself.
"For our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Philippians 3:20). "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory" (Colossians 3:4). Why the contrast? Israel has been set aside and their kingdom promise has been postponed due to their disobedience. A new dispensation has been established and another apostle is its minister under the grace of God-not under law. Christ and the twelve apostles instructed the kingdom believers, but the saved of the dispensation·of the grace of God receive their doctrine from the apostle Paul, according to the revelation of the mystery.
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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