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Bible Study The Lamb of God and All the Saints by Greg Gordon

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Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” - Revelation 5:11-12

What a sight and spectacle! Myriads of those who fought the good fight, finished the race, following the Lamb of God. Now they are before Him! Gazing, bowing, prostrate, adoring, worshipping, weeping, that One who died for them. They are the sure ones (the martyrs), the one's that lived godly lives, who are examples for us in this life. Imagine them now before God's throne worshipping and exalting the Holy Son of God.

We are prone in our Christian daily life to be fixated on ourselves. Our goals, problems, and just the daily grind of life that we are in. How healthy it is to think of the bigger picture, to reach we are not in an individualism Christianity that focuses only on my needs but rather we are in a corporate Christianity that is in community with each other. Christ calls us one body, and we are not just any body but the very body of Christ unified also with Him. Let your mind this day think upon heaven, consider all the saints who finished well who are in the presence of the Lamb of God even now.

Imagine in heaven now Polycarp, Paul the Apostle, St. Benedict, John Wesley, Augustine, A.W. Tozer and a host of others all bowing before the Lord of glory. We must realize that in our daily life we are not separate from them but still one body in Christ. Consider to say this prayer out-loud:

O HEAVENLY Father, who has knit together Your elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of Your Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which You have prepared for those who unfeignedly love You; through Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
What a sight and spectacle! Myriads of those who fought the good fight, finished the race, following the Lamb of God. Now they are before Him! Gazing, bowing, prostrate, adoring, worshipping, weeping, that One who died for them.


A thought crossed my mind as I was reading your post and fell upon your words the One who died for them. I might ask who is the them? Did Jesus die for me? I would tell you no, but rather Christ lives for me.

Looking at the scripture at first glance would indicate that Jesus died for the nation (Israel), or the peoples of that nation.

John 11:49-51
And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
 
A thought crossed my mind as I was reading your post and fell upon your words the One who died for them. I might ask who is the them? Did Jesus die for me? I would tell you no, but rather Christ lives for me.

Looking at the scripture at first glance would indicate that Jesus died for the nation (Israel), or the peoples of that nation.

Jesus died and God raised Him that all who will believe by faith that is Christ Jesus will be saved. To the Jew first and then all Gentiles.

Mark 2:16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? 17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Who are they that are sick, but those who have sinned, both Jew and Gentile.

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

We are all a part of the inheritance as being one body in Christ under a better covenant of God's grace.

Hebrews 7:24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Jesus died taking all sin upon Him as He paid the price for our sin that by God's grace all who will believe by faith will be saved. Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father as He lives for us to make intercession before the Father that everyone who calls on His name and are obedient to the commands of God and His statures will have eternal life with the Father.

Romans 11:11-31 Gentiles are grafted into the branches through faith that is Christ Jesus who is the root of the vine. Thus the meaning of all of Israel will be saved. Jesus is given to all nations and tongues that live throughout the whole world as in Jew and Gentile. Israel is mainly mentioned, but not all of Israel is Gods chosen people. Those who are washed in the blood of the Lamb are joined as a branch with Israel as God is the root of that branch and those who are sealed by His Holy Spirit are His own who find favor in Him, Romans 11:11-31.
 
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Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” - Revelation 5:11-12

What a sight and spectacle! Myriads of those who fought the good fight, finished the race, following the Lamb of God. Now they are before Him! Gazing, bowing, prostrate, adoring, worshipping, weeping, that One who died for them. They are the sure ones (the martyrs), the one's that lived godly lives, who are examples for us in this life. Imagine them now before God's throne worshipping and exalting the Holy Son of God.

We are prone in our Christian daily life to be fixated on ourselves. Our goals, problems, and just the daily grind of life that we are in. How healthy it is to think of the bigger picture, to reach we are not in an individualism Christianity that focuses only on my needs but rather we are in a corporate Christianity that is in community with each other. Christ calls us one body, and we are not just any body but the very body of Christ unified also with Him. Let your mind this day think upon heaven, consider all the saints who finished well who are in the presence of the Lamb of God even now.

Imagine in heaven now Polycarp, Paul the Apostle, St. Benedict, John Wesley, Augustine, A.W. Tozer and a host of others all bowing before the Lord of glory. We must realize that in our daily life we are not separate from them but still one body in Christ. Consider to say this prayer out-loud:

O HEAVENLY Father, who has knit together Your elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of Your Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which You have prepared for those who unfeignedly love You; through Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The only concern I have with this is that no one has ever gone up to heaven after they died, John 3:13. It's only the breath/spirit that God breathed in us that makes us a living soul that goes back to Him when we die, Ecc 12:7; 1 Corinthians 15:51:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
 

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