The Glory of God

Revelation 5:7-14 (ESV)

And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Wow! What a vision John had! I can’t wait until I get to be in the presence of God physically and for eternity. The majesty and glory of the Lord God will be overwhelming, but it will be more than wonderful at the same time. The Scriptures tell us that as humans, we cannot see the Face of God and live. Moses experienced the presence of God more than most, but even he did not see the face of God. God hid in a cloud. Yet, after his dealings with God, Moses’ face would glow, such that people were afraid.

When we die and go to be with God, this will change. In our glorified and resurrected bodies, we will—I am guessing here—be able to see God. If I am incorrect, and we still cannot see God that will be okay as well. We will still get to be in His presence. The glory and majesty that surrounds Him is awe inspiring. Many of us, I think, have lost our sense of the holiness of God. We think of God only as the friendly Jesus who walked the earth and ate and drank and called His disciples friends. But God is so much more. There is no darkness, nothing impure in His presence.

Isaiah (see Isaiah chapter 6) had a vision of God as well, and he fell on his face and said, “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!

I think it is important to understand that God is Majestic. He is Holy. He is beyond anything that we can even imagine. And no impurity is in His presence. Even the Prophet Isaiah thought he was doomed. An angel saved him by touching his lips with a coal from the altar under the throne of God.

Spend some time thinking of the majesty of God. Think of His holiness. Wonder at why He puts up with us. I know He created us, but our good works are as filthy rags. Yet, He sent His Son Jesus to ransom us. That we may spend eternity with Him.

I can’t wait. Maranatha!—Come Lord Jesus!

by Virgil Stripes

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