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BOTH NOW AND FOREVER

To him be glory both now and forever.
2 Peter 3:18

The scene in Revelations 4 is quite stunning. It is a rare glimpse given through the eyes of the Apostle John of the throne and all the activity associated with it. There are twenty four elders, twenty four thrones, lightnings and thunder, seven torches (which is a revelation of the Spirit of God), the Crystal Sea, four strange creatures, and the whole focus of all the activity was to the One who sat upon the throne. “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, the One who is, who was, and is to come.” The atmosphere is alive, pregnant, with supernatural life. It is the atmosphere of worship, it is life in eternity. Obviously, the Lord is being worshipped in heaven and it will continue forever. The only question is this, what about now? Have you entered into life itself magnifying the only One worthy of our adoration.? Here are some thoughts from Charles Spurgeon on this life of worship.
“Heaven will be full of the ceaseless praises of Jesus. Eternity! Thine unnumbered years shall speed their everlasting course, but forever and for ever, to him be glory. Is he not a Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek? To him be glory. Is he not king for ever?-King of kings and Lord of lords, the everlasting Father? To him be glory for ever. Never shall his praises cease. That which was bought with blood deserves to last while immortality endures. The glory of the cross must never be eclipsed; the luster of the grave and of the resurrection must never be dimmed. O Jesus! thou shalt be praised for ever. Long as immortal spirits live-long as the Father’s throne endures-for ever, for ever, unto thee shall be glory.”
John was caught up into this atmosphere of worship from a place of worship. Revelations 1 says that John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day when this visitation and vision began. John had stepped into the worship of God now on earth and it carried him into the edge of the eternal worship in heaven. In the Spirit on the Lord’s day, what does that mean? That is describing someone lost in worship, caught up in the Holy Spirit, participating on earth with the heavenly scene that is always taking place. Worship is alive, joining in is where our life begins.

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