As It Is In Heaven

My absentmindedness kicked in last night readers. I’ve had a lot going on and a lot on my mind. A new job, the details of which I do not wish to mention, is among them and I will be starting that next month. I simply ask for your prayers in this endeavor as I look forward to it, but as with any change, there is much fear on my part with hopes that I can do it well and fulfill my duties diligently.

I realized as I was reading last night after I signed off that in my zeal in writing about the will of God, I had left out the second part. If the reader has yet to read the blog before this one, I urge them to go and read that one. Naturally, you can read more of the earlier blogs if you so desire, but I strongly suggest at least reading that earlier one.

I said in an earlier blog also that if the world followed the Sermon on the Mount, we would have the heavenly kingdom. That is also what is being addressed here. May God’s will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. God already has several agents that follow his every command flawlessly and live in perfect alignment. We call them angels. 

Angels aren’t really talked about much these days. We either get the idea of “Touched by an Angel” or we get the idea of beings flying through the clouds and playing harps. Angels are quite different in Scripture. They are beings one is tempted to bow down and worship and they are warriors that are capable of taking many lives.

The great authority on angels in the medieval period was Thomas Aquinas who was called the Angelic Doctor. Contrary to belief, the medievals never asked how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, although this is certainly an important question. (It’s my understanding that the answer to the question is 42.)

Of course, this isn’t meant to be a blog on angels. I’m really not knowledgable enough on the subject to speak from authority on them, but anyone interested can go check the works of Aquinas and for a modern perspective on it, I recommend the works of Peter Kreeft on angels.  They are a fascinating subject to study and like our view of God in modern Christianity, it would behoove us to return to the past view of angels.

Yet for all their glory and being so much more intelligent and powerful than us, they still have the same message. Worship God. As great as they are, God is much greater. They follow his will aside from those that rebelled. While they are still angels, I do not see them as part of the heavenly kingdom but the fallen kingdom.

What if we were more angelic?

When we pray for God’s will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, I believe we are asking for that. We are asking to be united in serving God as the angels are, and in that realm, there is no sin. God’s moral will and God’s sovereign will always come to pass. 

The way to start bringing about that kingdom is to submit to his moral will today. Are you doing that? Are you being angelic in submitting to God’s will today?

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