To God Be the Glory Forever and Ever (3)

The phrase “Glory to our God and Father forever and ever,” found in many New Testament books, points to the eternal New Jerusalem which has the glory of God. Peter expands this to “glory and might to our God.” Jude and Revelation 5 and 7 further expand this praise.

Jude 25: “to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord be glory, majesty, might, and authority before all time and now and unto all eternity. Amen.” Surely God has all these qualities, needs to be praised for all of them now, and will have all of them displayed through New Jerusalem.

NewJErusalemRevelation 5:13: “every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea and all things in them, I heard saying, To Him who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb be the blessing and the honor and the glory and the might forever and ever.”

We are included in “every creature” so we should join in this proclamation now, not waiting until New Jerusalem. We can also sing the praise of Revelation 5:13.

Revelation 7:12: “Amen. The blessing and the glory and the wisdom and the thanks and the honor and the power and the strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Many of the praises include Amen. This word, from Hebrew, means firm, trustworthy.* It confirms or emphasizes what has been said. Furthermore, in Revelation 3:14 the Lord describes Himself as, “the Amen, the faithful and true Witness.”

He is our amen. He is faithful and true to accomplish everything in God’s purpose. Through Him and in Him we can say amen to His operation now and to every aspect of New Jerusalem revealed in His word.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Versionpublished and © by Living Stream MinistryAnaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, is at online.recoveryversion.orgthis too is © by Living Stream Ministry. Besides this New Testament, many books published by Living Stream may be read online.

* The Greek word (αμην) translated amen in these verses appears at the start of a sentence about 50 times in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and 25 times doubled at the start of a sentence in John. In these places it is often translated truly (truly, truly in John).

Applying the Lord’s Rich Supply for the Preparation of the Bride (4)

New JerusalemThe Lord begins each letter in Revelation 2–3 by describing Himself. He presents Himself as the solution to all the problems in the churches. The Lord ends each letter by telling us to hear what the Spirit says to all the churches, both then and now. We open to Him to cooperate with Him for the preparation of His bride. This post concludes this review of Revelation 2-3.

• The One who has the key of David (3:7):  Our Lord is the real David, the greater David. As man He is the Son of David and as God He is the Lord of David (Matt 22:41-46). The keys are in His hands, not ours.

• The One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens (3:7):  We should not try in ourselves to open or shut a door for the gospel, for our human future, or for anything else. We open to our Lord Jesus, submit to Him, and give Him thanks for His opening and shutting.

• The Amen, the faithful and true Witness (3:14):  “Amen” means faithful and true. Our Lord Jesus is the only person who is always faithful and always true. We desire to be but we often fail. He is the Witness, the Testimony, of God perfectly lived through a human being. Now He is our life to be faithful and true in us. The first two lines of a hymn* can be our prayer, Live Thyself, Lord Jesus, through me, For my very life art Thou.

• The beginning of the creation of God (3:14):  In Christ “all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and unto Him” (Colossians 1:16). He is the beginning of creation and the whole creation is “unto Him.” We need not worry about what is happening to creation but rather “set our mind on the things which are above” while awaiting the time “Christ our life is manifested” when we also “will be manifested with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:2-4).

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

* Hymn written by Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879). Complete words plus music here.

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