Salvation Belongs to Our God

In John’s vision in Revelation chapter 7 he tells us of what must surely have been a breathtaking sight:

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” (Revelation 7:9-12)

Chris Wright points our attention to something so basic, and yet so glorious and moving, that we tend to miss it in our reading of the passage:

The song of the redeemed in Revelation 7:10 is very specific and particular. “Salvation belongs to our God,” they sing. They are not merely saying that there some kind of link between salvation and deity as an abstract transcendent concept. The witness of this vast crowd is not to say, “if you want salvation, get yourself a god; any god will do.” No, they are claiming that salvation belongs to our God – to this God. It is this God, the God of the biblical revelation in redemption, Yahweh the God of Old Testament Israel, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who is not ashamed to be called “our God.” This is the God to whom salvation belongs. So we move on from the previous point, salvation is the property of God, to a further point that salvation is the property of this very particular God – this God and no other. – Christopher J. H. Wright, Salvation Belongs to Our God

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Posted on March 31, 2012, in CJH Wright. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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