Revelation of John 5* A book sealed with seven seals, which could be opened by nonebut Christ, who took the book to open it. (1-7) Upon which allhonour is ascribed to him, as worthy to open it. (8-14)1-7 The apostle saw in the hand of Him that sat upon thethrone, a roll of parchments in the form usual in those times,and sealed with seven seals. This represented the secretpurposes of God about to be revealed. The designs and methods ofDivine Providence, toward the church and the world, are stated,fixed, and made a matter of record. The counsels of God arealtogether hidden from the eye and understanding of thecreature. The several parts are not unsealed and opened at once,but after each other, till the whole mystery of God's counseland conduct is finished in the world. The creatures cannot openit, nor read it; the Lord only can do so. Those who see most ofGod, are most desirous to see more; and those who have seen hisglory, desire to know his will. But even good men may be tooeager and hasty to look into the mysteries of the Divineconduct. Such desires, if not soon answered, turn to grief andsorrow. If John wept much because he could not look into thebook of God's decrees, what reason have many to shed floods oftears for their ignorance of the gospel of Christ! of that onwhich everlasting salvation depends! We need not weep that wecannot foresee future events respecting ourselves in this world;the eager expectation of future prospects, or the foresight offuture calamities, would alike unfit us for present duties andconflicts, or render our prosperous days distressing. Yet we maydesire to learn, from the promises and prophecies of Scripture,what will be the final event to believers and to the church; andthe Incarnate Son has prevailed, that we should learn all thatwe need to know. Christ stands as Mediator between God and bothministers and people. He is called a Lion, but he appears as aLamb slain. He appears with the marks of his sufferings, to showthat he pleads for us in heaven, in virtue of his satisfaction.He appears as a Lamb, having seven horns and seven eyes; perfectpower to execute all the will of God, and perfect wisdom tounderstand it, and to do it in the most effectual manner. TheFather put the book of his eternal counsels into the hand ofChrist, and Christ readily and gladly took it into his hand; forhe delights to make known the will of his Father; and the HolySpirit is given by him to reveal the truth and will of God. 8-14 It is matter of joy to all the world, to see that Goddeals with men in grace and mercy through the Redeemer. Hegoverns the world, not merely as a Creator, but as our Saviour.The harps were instruments of praise; the vials were full ofodours, or incense, which signify the prayers of the saints:prayer and praise should always go together. Christ has redeemedhis people from the bondage of sin, guilt, and Satan. He has notonly purchased liberty for them, but the highest honour andpreferment; he made them kings and priests; kings, to rule overtheir own spirits, and to overcome the world, and the evil one;and he makes them priests; giving them access to himself, andliberty to offer up spiritual sacrifices. What words can morefully declare that Christ is, and ought to be worshipped,equally with the Father, by all creatures, to all eternity!Happy those who shall adore and praise in heaven, and who shallfor ever bless the Lamb, who delivered and set them apart forhimself by his blood. How worthy art thou, O God, Father, Son,and Holy Ghost, of our highest praises! All creatures shouldproclaim thy greatness, and adore thy majesty.
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