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The Revelation of Jesus Christ: Chapter 26 - Glory to the Glorious One

By Horatius Bonar


      "You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory."--Revelation 4:11.

      "In His temple, every one speaks of His glory."--Psalm 29:9.

      The above verse of the 29th Psalm is more exactly rendered in the margin, 'In His temple, every whit of it utters glory.' The incense fills the house, and comes forth from it breathing glory. The volume of sound fills the temple in every part, and pours itself from every stone and timber; from floor to roof in every part, proclaiming glory. Such was the praise of Israel according to the flesh, in the temple; such is the praise of Jehovah in the heavenly city and temple, ascending everywhere. 'The glory of the Lord fills the house.'

      (1) The THEME of the praise. It is 'glory.' All that is excellent and perfect in Him is the theme of the song that is sung. Glory is the fully developed, or unfolded excellency, of a thing. The flower is the glory of a plant--the fruit is the glory of the vine or olive. It is the excellency of Jehovah which is the theme of praise in His temple; especially the glory of Messiah, for He is the Jehovah of the Psalm, the God of Israel. The heavens tell His glory, and earth is full of it. All creation speaks of it--sea and land, man and beast. But His temple is the special place which this glory fills, and from which its praise issues forth.

      (2) The PLACE of the praise. His temple--the place which He built for His worship; where His altar smokes, and His incense arises, and His sacrifices are offered up, and His priests minister--that is the place of the great self-revelation and of the proclamation of His glory; the glory of His greatness, and righteousness--specially of His grace, for when Moses asked to see His glory, He proclaimed Himself as the Lord God, merciful and gracious.

      (3) The THINGS that praise. 'Each one,' or 'everything,' or 'every whit of it.' There is no vacant spot; no idle voice; nothing mute. All is vocal with His praise. Everything utters 'glory.' Every echo is 'glory.' Without and within--each pillar, each vessel, each chamber, each altar, each priest, each sacrifice--all and each utter the same sound, 'glory'! Glory to the righteous One! glory to Messiah, King and Priest, Lord of heaven and earth! His name is as ointment poured forth--His excellency is the theme of every song.

      In connection with the words of David, we take up the words of John, 'You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory.' Yes! Jesus, Messiah, the Lamb who was slain, the King on the throne, Creator of the universe, Head of all things--is worthy to receive the glory! And why?

      I. Because of His PERSON. As having in Himself all the perfections of the Creator and of the creature--as very God and very man--the Word made flesh--He is 'worthy to receive glory'. Godhead and manhood, united in one wondrous person, make Him infinitely glorious. Through Him new glory comes to the whole Godhead. He is the Revealer of the Father. His glory thus overflows, and fills both heaven and earth--more, the whole universe!

      II. Because of His WORK. The excellency of His atoning sacrifice is infinite. It is excellent--
            (1) in itself;
            (2) in its revelation of divine wisdom;
            (3) in its manifestation of divine love;
            (4) in its reconciliation of grace with righteousness;
            (5) in its everlasting results.

      Because of such a work it is said, 'You are worthy to receive glory.'

      III. Because of His LIFE on earth. His whole earthly life was marvelous. There has been nothing like it, neither shall be. It was absolute perfection in every part--the perfection of a human life; the life of a son of Adam; a life upon a fallen earth, assailed by Satan, amid evils, and enemies, and weaknesses, and sorrows; the perfection of infancy, of childhood, of boyhood, of manhood; perfection in the whole round of that which we call the life of man; perfection, not only as measured by man, but as estimated by God-- 'This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.' Because of this life, it is said, 'you are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory.'

      IV. Because of the REDEMPTION of His Church. His people sing, 'You have redeemed us;' and in the various parts of this redemption, from the eternal purpose to the glorious completion, there is such excellency, such an exhibition of power, and wisdom, and love, that because of this (not simply because of the result, but of the wondrous process) we look up and say, 'You are worthy to receive glory.' He said, 'I have glorified You on the earth--I have finished the work which You have given me to do; and He who glorified the Father on earth has been glorified by the Father in heaven. 'Father, glorify me,' was His prayer; and it has been fully answered. The Son of man, as the Redeemer of His Church, has been exalted to the glory, and has received the name which is above every name. As the Creator of all things, He is worthy of the glory--still more, as the Redeemer of His Church.

      V. Because of what He is now in heaven. He has triumphed over His enemies; He has abolished death; He has emptied the grave; He has risen; He has ascended on high; He ever lives to intercede; He has received the crown of heaven; He is the head of principalities and powers; He sits on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. Thus enthroned and crowned, mediating and interceding, He receives the homage of heaven, 'You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory!'

      VI. Because of what He is to be and to do when he comes again. His excellency, though perfect, cannot be said to be completed. It is always on the increase, as new rays of splendor issue from Him. At His second coming, He appears as King of kings; the renewer of creation; the restorer of Israel; the binder of Satan; the executor of the Father's righteous vengeance on a guilty earth. He comes as Judge, as Deliverer, as the second Adam--as not only the King of Israel, but the King of earth. Then shall be the fullest manifestation of Godhead, according to the eternal purpose of divine self-manifestation. Well may this song be sung--'You are worthy to receive glory.'

      (1) Let us appreciate His excellency! Taking God's testimony of Him, and God's estimate of His glorious worth, let us prize Him as He deserves to be prized. 'Worthy is the Lamb who was slain!'

      (2) Let us thoroughly trust and love Him! He merits all our trust and love. Let us do justice to His love--and love Him in return.

      (3) Let us make use of His fullness! It contains all we need, and it is always accessible--a well of heavenly water--a storehouse of inexhaustible provisions--a treasury of infinite wealth.

      (4) Let us bow before Him! Every knee is yet to bow. Let us bow before Him and worship Him now on earth, as we shall hereafter in heaven.

      (5) Let us sing the song of praise! When we get a glimpse of Him now, we praise Him; when we shall see Him as He is hereafter, we will praise Him more, and sing the song of the redeemed, 'You are worthy to receive glory!'

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See Also:
   Chapter 1 - The Book of the Last Days
   Chapter 2 - The Grace and Peace of the Three-One God
   Chapter 3 - The Chief Among Ten Thousand
   Chapter 4 - The Great Advent
   Chapter 5 - The Fullness of the God-Man
   Chapter 6 - The Voice from Patmos to the Churches
   Chapter 7 - The Seven Golden Lamps
   Chapter 8 - The Glory of the Son of Man
   Chapter 9 - Fear and its Remedy
   Chapter 10 - The Symbolic Sevens
   Chapter 11 - Watchman, What of the Night?
   Chapter 12 - Self-Denial Christianity
   Chapter 13 - First Love Left
   Chapter 14 - Paradise and the Tree of Life
   Chapter 15 - The Divine Food of Our Heavenly Life
   Chapter 16 - The Morning Star
   Chapter 17 - The Fullness of the Holy Spirit
   Chapter 18 - The Key of David
   Chapter 19 - The Church's Little Strength, and the Lord's Great Love
   Chapter 20 - The Philadelphian Conqueror
   Chapter 21 - The Charity of the Lord Jesus
   Chapter 22 - The Heavenly Merchant and His Goods
   Chapter 23 - The Love and the Discipline
   Chapter 24 - Christ's Loving Earnestness
   Chapter 25 - The Victory and the Crown
   Chapter 26 - Glory to the Glorious One
   Chapter 27 - The Weakness and the Power of Christ
   Chapter 28 - How Long?
   Chapter 29 - The Recompense of Martyrdom
   Chapter 30 - Pent-Up Judgment
   Chapter 31 - The Great Multitude
   Chapter 32 - The Earthly and the Heavenly
   Chapter 33 - The All-Fragrant Incense
   Chapter 34 - The Cross of the Lord Jesus
   Chapter 35 - Strangership and Pilgrimage
   Chapter 36 - The Heavenly Song of Victory
   Chapter 37 - The Blood of the Covenant
   Chapter 38 - The Church Dwelling Alone
   Chapter 39 - The Model of a Holy Life
   Chapter 40 - The Everlasting Gospel
   Chapter 41 - The Swift and Sudden Advent
   Chapter 42 - The One Witness and the One Testimony
   Chapter 43 - The Great Prophetic Theme
   Chapter 44 - Messiah's Many Crowns
   Chapter 45 - The First Resurrection
   Chapter 46 - The Great White Throne
   Chapter 47 - Death and the Grave
   Chapter 48 - The Vision of the Restitution of all Things
   Chapter 49 - God's Tabernacle on Earth
   Chapter 50 - The Coming of the Perfect, and the Departure of the Imperfect
   Chapter 51 - The New Things of God
   Chapter 52 - The Conqueror's Reward and the Coward's Doom
   Chapter 53 - The Glorious Bride
   Chapter 54 - The Holy City
   Chapter 55 - The Light of the New Jerusalem
   Chapter 56 - The Life River
   Chapter 57 - The Tree with its Twelve Harvests
   Chapter 58 - The Serving and the Reigning
   Chapter 59 - The Curse Cancelled, and the Kingdom Begun
   Chapter 60 - The Vision of God
   Chapter 61 - Entrance Into the City
   Chapter 62 - Come, O Savior! Come, O Sinner!
   Chapter 63 - The Divine Word, and the Doom of its Defacers
   Chapter 64 - The Free Love of Christ
   Chapter 65 - The Last Amen

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