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September 06, 2022
Splendor of His Holiness Day 4

We are talking about the splendor of our God’s holiness: And two days ago, we said that we do not approach the throne of mercy to only receive but also to render to the Lord the glory that is due to Him. But what exactly do w...

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We are talking about the splendor of our God’s holiness: And two days ago, we said that we do not approach the throne of mercy to only receive but also to render to the Lord the glory that is due to Him. But what exactly do we mean when we talk about receiving? What do we seek to get when we go to that place of glory? Today we are going to continue with Apostle John’s description of his vision of heaven. In verse 4 of Revelation chapter 4, John says that he saw twenty four thrones, and seated on these thrones were twenty four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. As you know, there were, or are, twelve tribes of Israel. And so someone might ask; ‘why twenty-four elders and not twelve?” My understanding of this is that the two sets of twelve allude to or represent the church of the Lord in its complete form. They represent both the past and the future. The union of the gentiles and the Jews. The patriarchs and the apostles. This is the united church that John was looking at. And the way John explains their sitting demonstrates a people who have been elevated to a state of honor. A people who have found their rest. A church that has found satisfaction in the presence of the Lord. It shows the relationship of this church to the Lord. Their closeness to Him and the joy they derive from the relationship. These are the fruits of our intimacy with the Lord. This is what we inherit from the Lord’s presence. There is honor in our salvation. There is rest in the Lord Jesus. There is a satisfaction in Him that we cannot get from anywhere else. A level of contentment that can only be felt when you are in the presence of the Lord. When you dwell; when you worship Him in the splendor of His holiness. The next thing that Apostle John notices is how the twenty four elders are dressed. They were clothed in white garments. A symbol of both the attributed and inherent righteousness of that place and of those who dwell in the throne-room of the Lord. A symbol of not only how we should approach the splendor of God’s holiness but also the attributes it bestows upon us. This is what we present before the Lord and also what is added upon, multiplied tenfold for us. And John goes on to say that the elders had on their heads crowns of gold; symbols of honor. Symbols of the authority and the glory that the saints have with the Lord. This is the greatness that we are called into. This is what we get when we walk with the Lord. This is what is promised those who dwell in the presence of the Lord. These are the gifts of this dimension and we have been made heirs of them with Christ. And not only in this life, but it is our inheritance in the everlasting kingdom of God. This is our inheritance when we pay homage to our God. This is the place of those who have walked in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus. A place of special service to our God. A place of blessing and favor. A dwelling place where Christ walks among us because when we walk into the splendor of His holiness, when we walk in the glory of the Lord, we become a part of it. His righteousness rubs off on us. When we seek to understand the ways of our God, he infuses us with understanding. He elevates us to the level of the saints. He crowns us with honor. He makes us stable and fixed under His shadow. This is the beauty of taking residence in the secret place of the Lord. Our relationship with our God is not a trial and error thing. His dwelling place is not just a place we need to frequently visit or pass through but a place we need to inhabit and settle in. This is the only place where our identity as believers is affirmed. It is only in the splendor of the glory of the Lord that we are assured of who we are in Him. We are supposed to dwell in it. We are called to live in it. And this calls for a permanent attitude. A choice to embrace and maintain the Lord’s standards of righteousness. A decision born out of absolute surrender. Out of willful yielding to the o --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/pastor-lucy-paynter/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/pastor-lucy-paynter/support

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