The book of Revelation is God’s elaborate art gallery telling us that, “In him (Jesus) we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Ephesians 1:11).
From beginning to end of this grand gallery, every picture tells us that the God who has already worked out the whole plan of salvation “according to the counsel of his will” will absolutely complete the work of salvation no matter what beastly enemies we encounter on the way, or whether we recognize all the ways those pictures are fulfilled in real life. Therefore, “I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
God’s adopted children have “obtained an inheritance”, and, through our belief in the gospel of our salvation in Jesus Christ, we “were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14).
How do we live as the chosen, predestined, redeemed, adopted sons of God who are now sealed with God’s own Holy Spirit? “Be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18); “walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16); “live by the Spirit… keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14). The book of Revelation gives us a beautiful art gallery full of pictures aimed at leading the sons of God by the Spirit of God. “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near” (Revelation 1:3).
© 2014 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
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