Then I looked. And there was a great multitude which no one could count, from all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out with a loud voice:Revelation 7:9–12 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
“Salvation belongs to our God
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb!”
All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures and fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying:
Blessing and glory
and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever!
In church tonight, the teaching used this passage of Revelation. It was connected with other portions of Scripture as the teacher was demonstrating the ‘all nations’ aspect of the Gospel of our Savior.
As the Spirit works, something else stuck out. One of the Scriptures cited in the teaching connects to this passage in Revelation in another way.
Wandering back to Ephesians 3, Paul is explaining his calling by the power of God to minister the Gospel to others. He speaks of the privileges He has been given to offer the riches of God to others… this fellowship of mystery hidden in God. The fellowship of mystery—that’s the church.
In the middle of that explanation, he concludes his thoughts in this way:
so that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He completed in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.Ephesians 3:10–12 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
Paul had exclusive privileges extended to him in his calling from God. If you are saved, you are also called with exclusive privileges. That is shown right in his sentence. Each of us who is saved is part of the church. We are extended the privilege of sharing with others the love of Jesus Christ. That is, sharing with them the same mystery, the Gospel, and the fellowship of unity as one body in Jesus.
There is something else here, and that is the gist of what stuck out. When the church is called home, we will be before the Throne of God and the Lamb. In the citation from Revelation above, the entire body (that’s you and I) exclaims “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” The angels who are looking on shout agreement, “Amen!”
That will be a great event in which to be.
Do you see it?
We get to demonstrate to principalities and powers the very multifaceted wisdom of God. In other words, we are the very way the angels are taught about salvation. At that moment John witnessed, they understand. They agree.
Think about that in light of this:
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that should come to you have inquired and searched diligently, seeking the events and time the Spirit of Christ, who was within them, signified when He foretold the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, concerning the things which are now reported to you by those who have preached the gospel to you through the Holy Spirit, who was sent from heaven—things into which the angels desire to look.1 Peter 1:10–12 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
Things into which angels desire to look. What are those things?
The very salvation you and I enjoy as a gift from God, which we will acknowledge to Him. The angels present as witnesses agree!
That’s is something to look forward to doing. In the meantime, we still have that privilege extended to us every day. Each time we avoid sin, show the love of Christ to another, proclaim His Gospel, baptize, meet together as a body, and/or share in the Lord’s table… We proclaim our salvation to principalities and powers. Both in heaven and in the air on earth.
For those in heaven, the proclamation is what those angels look into, this gift of salvation to creatures made of dust.
To those who are remanded to a future in perdition, it is a real reminder of the shame from the cross of Jesus and their sure destination to the pit.
How will you make known the multifaceted wisdom of God to others today?