Wednesday, 6 July 2016

The Throne in Heaven - Revelation 4 :Neville Clark

Based upon Isaiah 6, the throne of Christ is now set, surrounded by those who serve him, king-priests.
Reading Revelation Ch 4.
Two parallel chronologies of history
The book of Revelation, as I think we are well aware now, is basically the story of two parallel chronologies of history, one secular, and the other religious, speaking, of course, of the development over time of the Roman Empire. Punctuating that history, are future visions of the kingdom age which are there specifically to edify the saints in each of the various judgment epochs of that Roman History. This morning, by way of exhortation we are going to consider the vision of Revelation Chs 4 and 5. But before we turn there, I want to establish the foundation back in Philip Ch 2. This is a section of verses which is very well known to us. I’m speaking of course of Philip Ch2:5-11, most well-known to us, perhaps, in the context of the fact that the churches use these verses to prove the Trinity. The  question for this morning brothers and sisters is, have you ever read the verses like this?  I’m going to read you the verses 5-11 of Philip. Ch 2 and as we do so, I know they are well known to you, so as you read down them, paint the picture of what these verses are describing on  the canvas of your mind. I’m going to say, what do you see? “Let this mind be in you, v 5, which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men, and then found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross Wherefore God also has highly exalted him and given him a name above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”