Revelation of John 4* A vision of God, as on his glorious throne, around which weretwenty-four elders and four living creatures. (1-8) Whose songs,and those of the holy angels, the apostle heard. (9-11)1-8 After the Lord Jesus had instructed the apostle to write tothe churches "the things that are," there was another vision.The apostle saw a throne set in heaven, an emblem of theuniversal dominion of Jehovah. He saw a glorious One upon thethrone, not described by human features, so as to be representedby a likeness or image, but only by his surpassing brightness.These seem emblems of the excellence of the Divine nature, andof God's awful justice. The rainbow is a fit emblem of thatcovenant of promise which God has made with Christ, as the Headof the church, and with all his people in him. The prevailingcolour was a pleasant green, showing the reviving and refreshingnature of the new covenant. Four-and-twenty seats around thethrone, were filled with four-and-twenty elders, representing,probably, the whole church of God. Their sitting denotes honour,rest, and satisfaction; their sitting about the throne signifiesnearness to God, the sight and enjoyment they have of him. Theywere clothed in white raiment; the imputed righteousness of thesaints and their holiness: they had on their heads crowns ofgold, signifying the glory they have with him. Lightnings andvoices came from the throne; the awful declarations God makes tohis church, of his sovereign will and pleasure. Seven lamps offire were burning before the throne; the gifts, graces, andoperations of the Spirit of God in the churches of Christ,dispensed according to the will and pleasure of Him who sitsupon the throne. In the gospel church, the laver forpurification is the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, whichcleanses from all sin. In this all must be washed, to beadmitted into the gracious presence of God on earth, and hisglorious presence in heaven. The apostle saw four livingcreatures, between the throne and the circle of the elders,standing between God and the people. These seem to signify thetrue ministers of the gospel, because of their place between Godand the people. This also is shown by the description given,denoting wisdom, courage, diligence, and discretion, and theaffections by which they mount up toward heaven. 9-11 All true believers wholly ascribe their redemption andconversion, their present privileges and future hopes, to theeternal and most holy God. Thus rise the for-ever harmonious,thankful songs of the redeemed in heaven. Would we on earth dolike them, let our praises be constant, not interrupted; united,not divided; thankful, not cold and formal; humble, notself-confident.
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