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Sermon Outline - Behold a Throne, Revelation ch.4 v.2

Date01/02/2004
Time18:30
PreacherRev. Maurice Roberts, Inverness
Sermon TitleBehold a Throne
TextRevelation ch.4 v.2
Sermon ID763

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Introduction

  1. This is a vision of heaven above
  2. John sees a door opened
  3. We need this vision in our day.
  1. WE SEE THE PLACE WHICH GOD HAS

    "a throne"

    1. God has a throne: "King of Kings" OBSERVE: How blind men are who do not know this!
      See the foolish ideas of Atheists, etc.
    2. The throne is at the centre Because God is "over all and blessed forever" - "of him, and through him and to him are all things" - "to him be glory forever".
      APPLICATION: Think of God always in this way.
  2. THE DESCRIPTION WE HAVE OF GOD

    1. v.2: God is seated (Psalm 2) in majesty.
      OBSERVE: God is never afraid, alarmed, disturbed.
    2. v.3: ("jasper; sardine"): The attributes of God - Explain.
    3. v.3: "rainbow - emerald": the Covenant of Grace (// Noah's day) - the refreshing sense of His love and favour.
      APPLICATION: This God is on our side always if we are believers.
  3. THE COURTIERS AROUND GOD IN HEAVEN

    1. v.4: twenty-four elders
    2. v.6-8: four "living being"
      OBSERVE: "Beasts" here = "living beings". These are surely the Cherubim.
    3. The reverence they show to God.
      APPLICATION: True religion is always reverential.
  4. THE BOOK IN THE HAND OF GOD: 5:1

    1. The writing = the plan for the world.
    2. The scales = the unfolding of this plan.
      OBSERVE: The eternal plan of God was made before time began - it is perfect and sure.
    3. No mere man or angel is sufficient to oversee this plan - but Christ is.
  5. THE GLORIOUS MEDIATOR: 5:6f

    1. A Lamb - His finished work
    2. "Horns" and "eyes" = His powers and agencies
    3. Christ's taking of the Book.
      OBSERVE: He now reigns with God and is guiding all events for His people's good and to the glory of God.
  6. THE JOY AND ECSTASY OF THE REDEEMED: 5:8f

    1. The joy is because He is King
    2. The heavenly host worships Christ in words of jubilation (v.9-10, 12).
      OBSERVE: This joy should be in our lives.
    3. The redeemed are out of every nation: v.9
    4. The heavenly host is very great.
      APPLICATION: Never imagine the cause of Christ is feeble! There is no "post-Christian age".

CONCLUSION

All this is to strengthen us to live courageously for Christ. What a THRONE!


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