Heidelberg Catechism 123


Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Ephesians 1: 15 – 2: 22

Text: Matthew 6: 10 Your kingdom come. (ESV)

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Q.123 What does the second petition mean?

A. “Your kingdom come” means: Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way

that more and more we submit to you. Preserve your church and make it grow. Destroy the devil’s work; destroy every force which revolts against you and every conspiracy against your holy Word. Do this until your kingdom fully comes, when you will be all in all.

Introduction:

The doing of God:

The glory of God:

1. Spiritual:

Jesus said to Pilate: My kingdom is not of this world.

The implications of our salvation: Paul writes to the Colossians: He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son. Jesus says to Nicodemus that new birth is the only way to enter God’s kingdom. This tells us a lot about the nature of biblical conversion. It is not saying a prayer. It is receiving Jesus as Lord or to use the words of Peter: Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God…

The conversion of our neighbours:

The content of our preaching:

2. Ecclesiastical:

Increase our number: We pray that sinners will enter into God’s kingdom.

Increase our power: The apostles in a time of persecution pray that God would grant to his servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus. We pray for God to give us strength in our duties.

Increase our faithfulness: By these words, your kingdom come, we show that as a church we want to be faithful to Jesus.

Increase our borders: Mission!

3. Universal:

Christ’s return: Come, Lord Jesus!

Christ’s victory: