Because of what Jesus has secured for us, we can look ahead to our future with confident hope.
If God is good, how can He let such horrible things happen? If God is good, how can there be such evil in the world? He knows it, He hates it, and He judges it.
Christians are the true temple of God, who like Christ would be martyred and then vindicated not only by Christ’s resurrection but by God’s judgment on Jerusalem.
Revelation is a vindication of Jesus as Lord, predicting His providential judgment on earthly Jerusalem and affirming His choice and formation of the New Jerusalem, the church. The prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem is followed by the promise of the expansion and victory of Christ’s Kingdom over all the earth and of the final judgment and making of a new heavens and new earth at Christ’s final return, where He and His people will dwell forever. Only those who trust in Jesus and follow Him are the true people of God, the true Israel, and the true Israel includes many kinds of people from all over the world.
Jerusalem had become like Egypt, and God was about to bring the plagues. r
Because we are in God’s image, our hearts cry out for justice. When we or people we love are victims of the sins of others, we long to see those sins punished, and at least part of this longing is not sinful, but reflects the holy character of God. Jesus has been entrusted with executing God’s judgment 1. on the earthly Jerusalem for their rejection of God and persecution of the church 2. on nations now for our sins against God 3. and on the world at the final judgment. We are warned to flee from His wrath by fleeing to Him for mercy.
Just as the sun continues to shine on a cloudy day, the glory of Christ still shines in the heavenly realms whether we can perceive it or not. The apostle John is given the privilege of seeing the glory of God and of Christ in heaven in order to record this vision for the encouragement and transformation of the church.
We who trust in Christ are at war with the devil and his other fallen angels who tempt and accuse us. Our strength for battle comes from Jesus through Gospel faith. The different parts of the armor of God are either the description or result of Gospel faith in Jesus.
This is a vision of Jesus, not of what He looks like, but what He is like. Here we see His terrifying splendor and tender lovingkindness, His glory and grace as the one who is present with His people.
Adoption into God’s family through our union with Jesus changes every relationship, including our work relationships. In this passage, Paul shows these new brothers and sisters that whether they are under authority or in authority in their work they are all under the authority of Christ. All of us are working for the man, but the man is Jesus, and our work matters to Him.