As we open up Revelation 15 we see John juxtapose two main ideas of the end times… judgement and worship. John starts off this chapter reminding us that God has wrath. It is righteous. It is Godly. It is holy.
We are often trained to think of God’s wrath as the OPPOSITE of God’s love. This is not true. They go hand in hand. God can not be loving without punishing unrighteousness. This is why He loved us enough to send Jesus to be the PROPITIATION (which means to satisfy the wrath of God) for our sin. We see in this beautiful truth laid out clearly in 1 John 4. It is only through Jesus that we can escape judgement and only through His grace that we can experience worship.
So if you have understood the gospel… if you have received Jesus as YOUR savior… stop right now and thank and praise Him for the miracle He has worked in your life.
UNDERSTANDING GOD’S GRACE ALWAYS LEADS US TO WORSHIP HIM.
He talks about those who had conquered, through Jesus, and how this led them to worship (v.3). It caused them to see and fall down at the glory of God (v.8)
HOW DID THEY WORSHIP GOD?
… For His Deeds (v.3a)
… For His Character (v.3b, 4a, 4b)
… For His Justness (v.3c)
… For His “Trueness” (v.3c)
… For His Position - King (v.3d)
… For His Worthiness (v.4c)
… For His Grace + Righteousness (v.4d)
The same should be true of us. When we understand God’s great grace and mercy in our lives through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus it should lead us to worship Him. This is one reason why we value the local church. One reason among many why we gather to worship together every week.
When you think about + worship God… What attribute of His character are you most thankful for today?
By: Nick Parsons
The noun "grace" is used more than 100 times in the KJV. (other translations substitute the words "good" or "goodness") Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! Ephesians 2:8-10
Reconciliation, restoration and grace!
His mercy—that we deserve NOTHING from God and yet he has given us the greatest gift ever in Himself.