Who Is Worthy To Open The Book?

Revelation 5:2 – And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

Revelation 5:3 – And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

Revelation 5:4 – And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

Revelation 5:5 – And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Revelation 5:6 – And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Revelation 5:7 – And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

Hello all, back with a new blog today, and a bit of a change of pace from the blogs I’ve recently been doing. It’s the end of the year, this may or may not be my final blog for the year and just want to say thanks for reading my blogs, God bless, and have a great Christmas and New Year! The only aim of my blogs is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and my blogs cannot, should not, and will never trump actually reading the Word yourself. Examine the scriptures for yourself as the faithful Bereans did, see whether these things be so. With regards to today’s blog, I recently read Revelation 4 and 5, and got something new out of it. When you read Revelation it really begins to strike you of the importance and seriousness of eternity, of the immense majesty and preeminence of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Lord, he is God. It is easy to say, but when you lay it to heart, it strikes you in a very different way. It can be fearful not only reading about the perilous coming times (Jesus said be of good cheer, I have overcome the world) but even moreso reading Revelation gives the reader a fear of the Lord. The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Solomon in all his wisdom (that God gave him) concluded that at the end of his life. It was the summation of everything. Fear the Lord. He is the LORD. And read the Old Testament and see just how terrible and dreadful the LORD is. The God of the Old Testament is the same God of the New Testament, God doesn’t change, he is the same yesterday, today and forever. When you fear the Lord, everything else falls into place. Jesus is God, and salvation, sin, eternity, judgement, hell are serious eternal topics. The fear of the Lord is greatly missing from society and churches today. The Bible says it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

It is easy to read the Bible and get nothing out of it. Unless Jesus opens our eyes, our ears, our understanding, it’s just ink on paper. Unless Jesus open the book for us, to us, we won’t get anything from it. The Spirit of truth guides us into the truth… if we want it. Remember, it is Jesus that turns the water to wine, it is only Jesus who turns the water of the word into joy and life in our hearts. And my blog today has to do with the book of Revelation 5 that only Jesus himself is worthy to look upon and open. In Revelation 4 and 5, we see an amazing scene in heaven. It is the scene immediately following the letters to the churches, a scene where we see the Lamb of God exalted, praised, in glory, in power, in majesty, in the midst of the throne, on the throne. It is a pity that most people allegorize away Revelation, they do not receive the special blessing associated with reading and believing the book. The book is closed to them, sealed to them. Because it is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, it is the ultimate book of prophecy, and concludes the Bible. It is God’s last written word to us, it is the finished revelation… there is nothing more to add. Jesus says, Surely I come quickly, at the end of the book. The invitation is extended to all human beings to come and take the water of life that he alone can give, and that he gives freely. Will you take of the water of life?

In Revelation 5, we are introduced to a book, it seems a bit random. But when we look back through the Bible, there is always the theme of a book… the book. Perhaps most notably, there is the book of the law that Moses wrote (which God told him, and Moses wrote down). There is a book of life in Revelation. The book of Revelation 5 is a sealed book, a book that noone seemingly in existence is able to look upon or open… except one. Books are used to record things, to record words. God has given us his word so that we all have his word in a tangible, physical sense. The written word is indisputable evidence, it is our title deed, our will, it is the testament, the testimony of God to man. God had it written down to help us, to guide our paths, to light the darkness, to order our steps, to teach us… if there was no record, how would we know anything for sure? The book is the recording of all that God has said. We are told in Hebrews that God has spoken at sundry times and in diverse manners. He has recorded his word for us. It is available to all of us. Jesus is the living Word, and the Bible is the written word.

What is in the book is final, man cannot add or take away from it, try though he may. But Satan has tried his utmost… remember the first words he said in Genesis was … Yea hath God said? Satan wants us to both doubt that God has spoken, and dispute, contend and question what he actually has said. Faith is inextricably tied to the word of God, without the word, our faith is destroyed. Our faith is not based on abstract experiences, on feelings, on emotions, on what we “want God to be saying”… but actually on what is written. Jesus said to the devil… It is written. There is a record. The book records the dealings of God with man, and the book is sealed. What is the book? The word of God, the Bible. Jesus said man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Without the book available to us, how could we live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God? And Jesus lived it, he fulfilled it, he embodied it. His entire life was a fulfilling of the law, of the psalms, of the prophets. He obeyed the word, he obeyed his Father, the Father. He subjected to the word, and so should we. And because of that he was able to mediate a New Testament, based upon his finished work, based upon his blood, based upon the perfect sacrifice of himself, the only sacrifice ever to please and satisfy holy God. The book has one author, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the author of our faith.

The book delineates between all of the fakes and the Christ. There is a sea of religion, a sea of false Christs, a seemingly unsolvable web of darkness and uncertainty, a labyrinth of vain philosophies and ideas, a sea of men and women who profess their own righteousness and worthiness… but this book divides between One and the rest. The angel in Revelation held the book and asked who is worthy to open it? And noone was found in heaven, in earth, and under the earth who was worthy to look upon it, much less open it. Jesus is exclusive, all may come to him, but he is THE way, THE truth, THE life, THE ONLY way to the Father.  And God’s holiness is so far beyond us. We are completely unworthy. That’s why Isaiah wrote that all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. Our best day is complete filth in the sight of God. The entire Bible is about and points to the coming Christ, the one anointed of God, God in the flesh, God with us, the one who would save humanity from their sins. Who would rescue us from the clutches of the devil, our sin, death, pain, darkness. And it took God himself, because no man ever was remotely worthy. We have all sinned, we all sin, we all have fallen short of the glory of God. The law was not given to show us how good we are, but instead reveals how sinful we are. A proud heart takes the law and uses it to try and make himself look better, but a humble, broken heart sees how far short he/she has fallen, and looks to where the law is ultimately pointing… to the Lord Jesus Christ, who fulfilled the law. The law is not for the righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient… as Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 1. For saved people, we have a new way, the more excellent way that Paul wrote of before 1 Corinthians 13 … the great chapter on charity. Jesus said a new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another.

The book is written by God. It is about God. It glorifies God. It authors our faith in God. Thus the person who is worthy to open the book is God. And the Lamb of God is worthy. The Lamb was slain, but is alive today, the Lamb who was slain for us. This is what Jesus meant when he said Abraham rejoiced to see my day. Abraham took his beloved son Isaac to Mount Moriah and saw Jesus’ day. He saw the ram in the thicket, the lamb that God HIMSELF provided. Abraham called the place Jehovah-jireh… the Lord shall provide… In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen. And it was seen, Jesus died at Calvary, God’s Lamb died for us. No wonder John said Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world! Jesus fulfilled “it is  written”. Jesus was and is the only one who fulfilled what was written in the book. He alone is worthy to look upon and open it. The only one worthy in the universe, in history, in existence. In Revelation the book is referred to as the Lamb’s book. It’s HIS book. And it’s his book of life. Because the book is a book of life, it sets forth the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news, publishing glad tidings, it is Jesus that gives life, it was the slain Lamb of God, risen from the dead, who has the authority and power to give life. It is the Lamb’s book. Jesus alone has the authority and ability to forgive sins, he alone has power in heaven and in earth, he alone has power to give life or take life. What you do with the word of God will determine your eternity. Will you harden your heart, will your proud neck scorn God’s still small voice to your soul?

We need to see the book through the eyes of humility. We are unworthy to open it, to even look upon it. But Jesus said the things that are impossible with man are possible with God. James says, But he (Jesus) giveth more grace. We cannot even come to God unless he draws us. We are that far gone. This should eliminate every self righteous, self justifying, self excusing bone in our body. Jesus opened the book when he came to earth. As he started his ministry, he stood up in the synagogue which he had frequented as a child, and he opened the book. He said, this day is scripture fulfilled in your ears. Jesus opened the book to his disciples, to the multitudes. He opened his mouth, and out proceeded gracious words which astonished, which amazed the multitudes, his words which had power, which words never another man spake. They were gobsmacked at his authority. Many rejected his words, but many believed his words, and we ultimately all will do something with the word of God. His words are light and life, they are truth, and we see that his words were very often and ultimately refused and rejected. Jesus taught with authority, because he was the fulfillment of the book. He was the one the book was about. Jesus is who he said he was, who he was declared to be by the prophets, by the Spirit, by his works.

When Jesus came, he said, according to Hebrews, Lo, I come in the volume of the book it is written of me. The book of the law, which Jesus fulfilled. The book that was sealed, Jesus alone has access to it, Jesus alone writes it, Jesus alone. So in this world of ambiguity and uncertainty, we know that there is the book that doesn’t change. The incorruptible, infallible, unchanging, pure, preserved, holy seed of the word of God. Building your life upon the word of God is building your house upon the rock. Build your life on the words of God. Live by the word. Bind them before your eyes. Meditate upon them.  Abide in his word, let the Word abide in you. Love his commandments, they are not grievous. Peter said to Jesus when Jesus asked if his disciples would go away… Lord to whom shall we go, thou hast the words of eternal life.

Do you reject or receive the word of God? Is your name in the book of life? We read in Revelation that our names can be blotted out the book of life. Because everyone has  a chance to be saved, everyone’s name is in the book of life, but your name can be blotted out. When you reject the Lord Jesus Christ fully and for the final time, and your name will be blotted out. Without Jesus there is no hope for you, I or anyone else. That’s why in 1 Timothy 4, Paul said… we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. Christ’s sacrifice is in vain for you if you reject it. He died for you, but unless you receive what he has done, unless you appropriate the gift which he extends to you by faith, it is in vain. The wicked unbelieving masses of Noah’s days were blotted out the day that the ark was sealed shut. God gave them a massive amount of time to repent. Time they did not deserve. But the Bible tells us God is longsuffering, not willing that any should perish. If you go to hell, it’s because you CHOSE to go there. There are no innocents in hell. These are those under the earth who are not worthy.

Jesus is the Judge, and the Bible says behold, the Judge standeth at the door. We are all on the precipice of eternity, one heartbeat away from our eternal destiny. What will you do with Jesus? We see that noone in heaven either was worthy. As a saved person we are not worthy in and of ourselves, the difference is we have accepted, believed and received the one who is worthy. The gospel is about the Lord Jesus Christ, it is the good news of him, his coming, his finished work. it is no wonder that in the scene we see the complete adoration, worship, praise of the Lamb of God… he alone is worthy. As Paul wrote, all we have to glory in is the cross of Jesus Christ. That’s what keeps our life in perspective. We all have a choice to make, and we make it one way or another.

Jesus said you are either for him or against him. There is no middle ground. There is no foot in both camps, choose ye this day whom ye will serve as Joshua said. In Deuteronomy 30:19, Moses said, I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. Will you choose life? Or death? Will the water be turned to blood as Moses the law giver gave as a sign or the water turned to wine as Jesus the grace and truth bringer did as a miracle in your life? Is the book open or closed to you? Is the book a minster of life, or the message of death to you? If you reject Jesus, there is nothing else, for as in Acts 4, the Bible says… for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.. Pilate tried to wash his hands of Jesus, but it is impossible. You must choose, you will choose, and your choice has eternal consequence. Only one is worthy, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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