Sermon Quotes: "The Throne And The One Seated On It"

“Numerous lies were made up during this time to harm the Christians, some so outrageous that only unthinking hate could believe them—such as the Christians were responsible for every famine, epidemic, or earthquake that afflicted any part of the Roman empire. Money was offered to those who would testify against the Christians, and many innocent people were slaughtered for financial gain. When Christians were brought before Domitian's council, they were told that if they swore an oath of allegiance to him they would be set free. Those who refused to take the oath were killed.” John Foxe

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” Exodus 20:4

"Revelation refers to God's throne nearly forty times, including twelve times in chapter 4 and five times in chapter 5. The Apocalypse presents God's throne 'as the centre of the universe'; all creation 'finds its significance in orientation toward the throne' and its almighty occupant. The throne 'indicates how decisive for the theological perspective of Revelation is faith in God's sovereignty over all things'." Brian Tabb

“[The holy city Jerusalem] had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed... And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb" Revelation 21:12–14

"We may be confused by the blend of resemblance and variation between John's vision and those of his Old Testament predecessors in prophecy, but the prophetic vocabulary of simile should lead us to expect this fluidity. Prophetic vision is not intended to provide photographic reproduction of what spirits such as cherubim and seraphim look like. Rather, in prophetic vision God adapts to the need of the moment the visual metaphors by which he portrays aspects of truth about himself and his heavenly courtiers." Dennis Johnson

"God's holiness is more than just separateness. His holiness is also transcendent. The word transcendence means literally "to climb across." It is defined as "exceeding usual limits." To transcend is to rise above something, to go above and beyond a certain limit. When we speak of the transcendence of God, we are talking about that sense in which God is above and beyond us. Transcendence describes His supreme and absolute greatness. The word is used to describe God's relationship to the world. He is higher than the world. He has absolute power over the world. The world has no power over Him… Where does purity come in? We are so accustomed to equating holiness with purity or ethical perfection that we look for the idea when the word holy appears... Purity is not excluded from the idea of the holy; it is contained within it. But the point we must remember is that the idea of the holy is never exhausted by the idea of purity. It includes purity but is much more than that. It is purity and transcendence. It is a transcendent purity." R. C. Sproul

“Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.” Psalm 115:3

“God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”” Exodus 3:14

“For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.” Psalm 90:4

"The world is charged with the glory of God." Gerard Manley Hopkins

"The worship scenes of Revelation 4 and 5 articulate a model of a well-ordered cosmos in which all created beings in every region of the map turn toward this one centre—the throne of God and of the Lamb—to offer their grateful adoration. In so doing, they also articulate a model for the orientation of the congregations in the seven churches." David DeSilva