In The Spirit

“At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.”

                                                                                                                                                                Revelation 4:2

                What a wonderful statement in the Word of God regarding the reality of this universe.  Everything is centred upon the worship of the Living God.  A better translation of the above verse is as follows, it comes from the Interlinear New Testament.  “And immediately I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat upon the throne.”  I have been led to this reflection by these two doxologies with which Kevin Navarro begins his book Trinitarian Doxology: T. F. And J. B. Torrance’s Theology of Worship as Participation by the Spirit in the Son’s Communion with the Father.

”“True theology is done in the presence of God in the midst of the worshipping community.” —J. B. Torrance1 The Collect for Trinity by T. F. Torrance Almighty and everlasting God, who hast revealed thyself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and dost ever live and reign in the perfect unity of love: Grant that we may always hold firmly and joyfully to this faith, and, living in the praise of thy divine majesty, may finally be one in thee; who art three Persons in one God, world without end.” (From “Trinitarian Doxology: T. F and J. B. Torrance’s Theology of Worship as Participation by the Spirit in the Son’s Communion with the Father” by Kevin J. Navarro, Thomas A. Noble)
The Scripture here and these doxologies remind me of Daniel 7:9-10.

                ‘As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took His seat.  His clothing was white like snow; the hair of His head was white like wool.  His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.  A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before Him.  Thousands upon thousands attended Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.  The court was seated, and books were opened”

                The focus here is upon the God, in all His glory, upon His throne.  He is seat as judge.  I believe that the context here is one of worship.  Everything is centred upon the one who is seated upon the throne. 

                Worship is always to be God-centred.  It is not focused upon those who surround the throne.  They are looking upon God.  Therefore it is not centred upon me, or us, and our needs, concerns and tastes.  It is God-centred.  This leads to a question however.  How does a sinful human being come into the Presence of this holy God in order to worship Him?

                As Daniel progresses in His vision we see one like a Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven who is given authority.  John, in the book of Revelation, tells us that the Lamb, the little dead lamb who stood in the middle of the throne, was worthy to open the scroll fulfilling the plan of God.

                We worship God through Christ by the Spirit of God.  It is not about us, it is about the Triune God as J.B. and T.F. Torrance remind us.  This glorious truth reorients worship.  We are privileged to participate in the worship, or communion, of the Triune God.  That changes everything, as the Apostle John tells us in his first letter.

                “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us.  And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.  We write this to make our joy complete.”

                                                                                                                                                1 John 1:3-4

By retir158

I am a retired Baptist Pastor living in Leamington Ontario. I am a husband, a father to three and a grandfather to eight.

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