CRYSTAL HEAVEN - PART 2
TUESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2023
The Spirit of God powerfully dwells in you as a Christian, and when He is operative in you, it is an evidence of your relation to God. Why does the Almighty desire an intimate relationship with His children? It is as a result of what Christ has done for us. Ephesians 3:12 reads, "Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God's presence" (NLT). Christ made it possible by the satisfaction of His atoning sacrifice, because through His blood, our sins are forgiven. By His righteousness, we are justified and saved, and therefore, God has wholly accepted us as His own. That's the reason we've been invited to the throne of grace, which is symbolic of the glory of His presence.
Reference: Hebrews 4:16 New King James Version (NKJV) "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
The more eager we become in approaching the throne of grace to edify ourselves, the stronger we build our faith in Christ. When we are summoned before God to obtain His mercy and increase in grace, it means that we cannot function without both of them, regardless of who we are. And what happens when there is an absence of grace and mercy?
It is a terrible state because you'll still be living as though you are in condemnation by the law of sin and death, and following that system of rule and operation, even though you are already in Christ Jesus, and also, you'll be making a strenuous effort to live the Christian life, striving to please God, as though a different law is still prevailing within your inwardness, which is not the law of the Spirit of life. More so, divine favour will actively withhold its advantageous effects in your life, and thus, negative outcomes and unfavourable experiences will be sufficiently provided, until you replace the wrong system with God's standard, by approaching the throne room to activate and partake of His grace and eternal mercy.
The Bible says, "Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has set you free from the law of sin and of death" (Romans 8:1-2 AMP). The law of the Spirit of life has brought grace and mercy to us in abundance through Christ, and so, when you function without grace and mercy, you'll be mingling your conscience with guilt verdicts, and you'll notice that you're increasingly entertaining self righteousness, instead of genuinely accepting with your heart, what Christ has done for you on the cross and exercising your faith in His finished work.
Why live your Christian life that way, when the Bible says that through Him (Christ), everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which they could not be freed through the Law of Moses? (Acts 13:39 NASB). Why not approach the throne of grace, to freely obtain mercy and find grace to help? What does the author mean by finding grace to help? It doesn't just imply that there is an abundance of grace, it also indicates that there is no secret grace at the throne room as far as the glorious gospel is concerned. Nothing good is hidden from us; therefore come and learn everything about God's grace which is exceedingly beneficial to your Christian walk.
In John's apocalypse concerning the throne room, he stated, "Also in front of the throne was a glassy sea of shimmering crystal" (Revelation 4:6 VOICE). So John looked into the scene of a large expanse of glassy sea, associated with crystal control technology. The glassy sea has an assigned value (which I will shed light on later), and it denotes that heaven's throne room has a brilliant crystal sparkle, yet its just a part of the background in the throne room, meaning that there are even more profound quality scenery and decorative textures, that are of glorious effects happening above our heads - without an atom of doubt.
Stay tuned for more enlightened awareness on "sea of glass" in part 3. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Psalm 45:6; Psalm 103:13; Acts 7:49; Revelation 20:11.
Guided Prayer: Gracious Father in heaven, I am your precious and peculiar saint, who derives joy in devoting my whole life to you, as I cherish the glory of your presence by constantly engaging the throne of grace. With all the faculties of my mind, I yield myself more and more to your Word and Spirit, thereby receiving into my spirit, more and more of you, in Jesus' Name, Amen.