Even though this phrase isn’t found in early manuscripts of the New Testament, there is evidence that it was used in the Mass as early as the time of the apostles. But, what do we mean when say these words? “Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power and the Glory, forever and ever, amen.
I think it means what it simply says. The Kingdom of God, belongs to God. As children of His inheritance, He shares it with us, and we get to participate in it as a member of the body of Christ. (For a fun study on your own, go to Bible Gateway and do a word search on “Kingdom of heaven” and “Kingdom of God”…just read through the Scriptures that match the search. I’m getting so many cool ideas for future blog posts and/or Bible studies. )
The power also belongs to Him. What power?
All of it.
This is one of the attributes of God, He is “all powerful”, not limited like we are, but able to do above and beyond what we could ever ask or even imagine. He showed his power from the creation of the world, to the divine protection and deliverance of His people in Egypt, He brings down strongholds, stops the sun, and opens barren wombs. He shows that power in the lives of His followers, and He demonstrated power over death and sin itself in the resurrection. You get the picture. All the power belongs to Him to do with as He pleases.
And the Glory belongs to Him.
Remember all the glorifying that was going on in John 17? The Bible says that we bring glory to God, He glorifies His Son, and even the heavens declare His glory. He is the Lord of hosts, the King of glory! Isaiah says that He doesn’t share His glory with another. It belongs to Him. We are told to ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name. Our lives can bring glory to Him by the way we live them. If we are walking in obedience to His precepts, and seeking His will in our life, we bring Him glory. We proclaim that glory when the world sees our love for one another. When we resist the devil and His ways, and embrace life in the Spirit, we can join with all nature in proclaiming His glory.
Scott Hahn sums it up well, when he says “The Kingdom comes where the King is present. Where the Eucharist is, there is the King. The “kingdom, the power, and the glory” are already here on earth, because the Church, the Eucharistic Kingdom, is already in heaven.
Forever and ever. Amen!”
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