Holy, Holy, Holy
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Revelation 4:2-8 HCSB
Throughout the Bible, and especially in the Old Testament, we are given the names of God. More precisely, God shows Himself through the names He reveals: Elohim (the Triune God), Yahweh (the sole Self-existing, Eternal God), El Shaddai (the All Powerful, All Sufficient God), Jehovah Nissi (the Lord Is My Banner) and Jehovah Rapha (the Lord Who Heals), to name a few. God’s names reveal His Character, Attributes and Works. God reveals to John a glimpse of heaven in a vision documented in Revelation. The four Cherubim lead worship in heaven, highlighting a defining characteristic of God as Holy, Sanctus in Latin.
We Behold Worship In Heaven. Worship is not just a spiritual act, but is also a physical act. We are made as body, soul and spirit. Worship embraces a response in all forms, from submitting to His will, respecting His worthiness, and bowing to His wisdom, sovereignty and majesty.
We Behold The Witness Of God. John saw the Cherubim testifying about and before God on His Throne. We are commanded to bear witness of the Father with the help of the Holy Spirit as Jesus bore witness of the Father to the world.
We Behold The Work Of God. Christ bore witness of the Father to the world through His Works. He has delegated that authority of world evangelism to the Church, and empowered us with the Holy Spirit to accomplish that task. We are to share our witness to invite the unsaved to embrace God’s will for unencumbered, eternal fellowship with Him.