Equality of the Kingdom #5: The Throne
Equality of the Kingdom #5: The Throne
"This is how much God loved the world: He
gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be
destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.
'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my
Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
God does not show favoritism.
I looked and there before me was a great multitude
that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language,
standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white
robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a
"Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on
the throne, and to the Lamb."
The equality we will highlight deals with sharing
the very Throne of Jesus. What incredible
equality, Jesus shares His throne.
To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me
on My throne
We’re going to figure out the meaning of the throne, discover who the overcomers are, and the meaning of sitting on the throne with Jesus.
Revelation 4:2-6 (MSG)
I was caught up at once in deep worship and, oh!—a
Throne set in Heaven with One Seated on the Throne, suffused in gem hues of
amber and flame with a nimbus of emerald. Twenty-four thrones circled the
Throne, with Twenty-four Elders seated, white-robed, gold-crowned. Lightning
flash and thunder crash pulsed from the Throne. Seven fire-blazing torches
fronted the Throne (these are the Sevenfold Spirit of God). Before the Throne,
it was like a clear crystal sea.
There is another symbolic phrase the represents authority, truth, wisdom, and justice. We read it in Hebrews chapter 10 where the writer reveals that Jesus has taken a seat at the right hand of God. (Hebrew 10:12). Literally, this conjures up a wrong understanding of the actual relationship that is being described, to be seated at the right-hand means. In Hebrews 10 the phrase means that it is through Jesus that the Father’s will is done.
Hebrews 10:12-14 (MSG)
As a priest, Christ made a single sacrifice for
sins, and that was it! Then he sat down right beside God and waited for his
enemies to cave in. It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect
some very imperfect people. By that single offering, he did everything that
needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process.
As we read from Revelation, Jesus shares his throne with those who like Him overcome the Devil and his schemes, overcoming the challenges inherent in completing their assigned mission. You have an assignment, you have a mission, and a reward for the successful completion of that task. When you have you are one of the overcomers.
They overcame [the Evil one] by the blood of the
Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as
to shrink from death.
In the Kingdom, we are to continue the work of Jesus in this world. Each one who calls him or herself a follower of Jesus has a job to do. That job is to be like Him in the place we are at. Being like Jesus requires self-sacrifice. Hopefully not self-sacrifice in martyrdom, but definitely of your agenda, your plans, your time, your talent, your treasures, all freely given to profit another.
No condemnation now I dread;
and all in him is mine!
Alive in him, my living Head,
clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding
yourself, your true self. 26 What kind of deal is it to get everything you want
but lose yourself?
It is truly amazing that by loving God and loving others we discover that we have loved ourselves more than if we just looked out only for our interests. When your work of loving others on this earth is done, Jesus makes room for you to sit down next to Him.
Ephesians 2:3-7 (NIV)
Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us
alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you
have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in
the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he
might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to
us in Christ Jesus.