Sometimes we need reassurance. In face of uncertainty, when things don’t look great, we need it. The Book of Revelation depicts not what things look like but what they are like. How things truly are from the perspective of heaven. What John sees in chapter 7 reassures the troubled that God places His seal on those who will follow Him. And that seal gives us all the reassurance we need.
Sermon by Steve Swan from the 25th of September, 2016.
…and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.
The Angel of the LORD to Abraham (Genesis 22:18)
…From heaven he came and sought her
to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her,
and for her life he died.
Elect from every nation,
yet one o’er all the earth;
her charter of salvation,
one Lord, one faith, one birth;
one holy name she blesses,
partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses,
with every grace endued.
Samuel Stone, The Church’s One Foundation (1860’s hymn)
Q: What is your only comfort in life and in death?
A: That I am not my own, but belong — body and soul, in life and in death — to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.
Heidelberg Catechism (1563), Q & A number #1
Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
Jesus (Luke 10:20)