THE GLORY OF GOD IN MAN(Pt. 4)

In considering our theme, The Glory of God in Man, we come to our last brief look at John’s image in the Book of The Revelation. The very fact that he is ushered by the Spirit into the Throne room in heaven should fill us with holy anticipation. There before the Throne we see the regal nature within Man as God created him. Actually, both Ezekiel chapter one and Revelation chapter four describe among the four faces of the living beings the”face of the lion”.

The lion reminds us that Man was to have dominion on the earth (Gen. 1:26-28). God’s original thought in creating Man in His own image and likeness, male and female, was that they rule and reign as His Vice-Roy, His kingly representatives. With this the Psalmist affirms, “The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man”(Ps 115:16 NIV).

When our Lord Jesus came into the world as the Son of Man, he only did and said what he saw and heard his Father in heaven say and do. In other words, as Man was created to be before the Fall (Gen. 3), Jesus came as the perfect Man to fully obey and demonstrate the rule of his Father in heaven. He not only preached and taught about the Kingdom of heaven on earth…He demonstrated it. The apostle Peter declared, “how God anointed Jesus Christ of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him”(Acts 10:38 NIV).

The Lion is known for his fearlessness, a “lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing” (Prov 30:30 NIV). We are not to act or be cowardly in the face of life’s challenges. “The wicked man flees, though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion”(Prov 28:1 NIV). When the glory of God is seen in man there is a confidence to face down the challenges because of the nature of God that resides with him. He knows that he(or she) are no longer a victim, but a victor in Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul said to young Timothy, “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and a sound mind”(2 Ti 1:7). The enemy is defeated and it will be manifested in your life when you realize, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world”(1 Jn 4:4 NIV).

Dominion is about what one possesses. We see God taking Israel into the promised land through a spirit of conquest (Read the Book of Joshua). The promise of the Land of Caanan had been given under Moses, but they had to contend with their enemies to occupy the territory under Joshua. The prophet Obadiah says that in spite of those who oppose God’s people they will overcome their enemies. “But on Mount Zion will be deliverance; it will be holy, and the house of Jacob will possess its inheritance”(Obadiah 17).

As believers we face formidable foes and we must confront those which would keep us out of our God-given inheritance. Three primary enemies we must be constantly vigilant against are “the world, the flesh and the devil”. They will assault us and we must give no place to the devil through “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”(1 Jn. 2:15-17). Take dominion over the schemes of the wicked one and defeat him! For Sin should have no place in your life. As a child of God you are called to reign in this life through Jesus Christ (Ro 5:17,21).

Finally, we conclude with John’s revelation that should fill each of us as believers in Jesus Christ with hope in spite of trials or troubles that we may face in this life. He saw a scroll in heaven, which no one was found worthy in heaven or earth to open, and he begins to weep. Then, suddenly! he is told to dry his tears, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and it’s seven seals”(Rev 5:6). In spite of sorrows and setbacks, troubles and the heartaches of life…we shall overcome by the One Who holds the future in His mighty hands. Earthly kingdoms and governments will rise and fall, but His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom which shall never come to an end.

I am reminded of the wonder and anticipation as Lucy ,in C.S. Lewis’s celebrated story of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, discovered that “Aslan-the King of Narnia Forest was on the move!” When she hears that he is a lion, she gasps in dismay and says, “Is he safe?” to which the reply comes, “Safe! No…But he is good”. May we trust in the goodness of the Lion of Judah. “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes for whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his”(Genesis 49:10 NIV). Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!

Copyright© Walter Fletcher Jr., 2011. Permission is granted to reproduce this article free of charge, provided that it is not altered in its original form and content. Please direct all correspondence to walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

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