J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
The vision of Heaven
4 Later I looked again, and before my eyes a door stood open in Heaven, and in my ears was the voice with the ring of a trumpet, which I had heard at first, speaking to me and saying, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen in the future.”
2-6a Immediately I knew myself to be inspired by the Spirit, and in my vision I saw a throne had been set up in Heaven, and there was someone seated upon the throne. His appearance blazed like diamond and topaz, and all around the throne shone a halo like an emerald rainbow. In a circle around the throne there were twenty-four thrones and seated upon them twenty-four elders dressed in white with golden crowns upon their heads. From the central throne come flashes of lightning, noises and peals of thunder. Seven lamps are burning before the throne, and they are the seven Spirits of God. In front of the throne there appears a sea of glass as clear as crystal.
6b-8 On each side, encircling the throne, are four living creatures covered with eyes in front and behind. The first living creature is like a lion, the second is like a calf, the third has a face like a man, and the fourth living creature appears like an eagle in flight. These four creatures have each of them six wings and are covered with eyes, all around them, and even within them. Day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is coming.”
The ceaseless worship of Heaven
9-11 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honour and thanksgiving to the one who sits upon the throne, who lives for timeless ages, the twenty-four elders prostrate themselves before him who is seated upon the throne and worship the one who lives for timeless ages. They cast their crowns before the throne and say, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things and by your will they exist and were created.”
A conversation that I had with fellow blogger, “Freedomborn…Aussie Christian Focus” is pasted below. It came from my blog page, “About Equipping The Saints.” I don’t need to restate my words; I invite you to read them, and consider “Worship.” I also recommend that you check out the blog from my friend, “from the land down under.” As you view the worship video, consider the Apostle Paul; consider you. Consider another passage of scripture that I have found to be the key to having a relationship of worship with Jesus. In order for us to have a relationship of worship with God, we must first of all have an intimate relationship of intimacy with God the Father, through God the Son. A special sister was so moved by my continual quoting of John 17:3, that she made a ceramic tile for me, with that verse in King James wording, painted on the tile. Terri, that dear saint, a true “Bama” fan from Jackson, Alabama, can preach “circles around me.” I thank God for her.
King James Version (KJV)
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
Jesus’ prayer for his disciples—present and future
17 1-3 When Jesus had said these words, he raised his eyes to Heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son now so that he may bring glory to you, for you have given him authority over all men to give eternal life for all that you have given to him. And this is eternal life, to know you, the only true God, and him whom you have sent—Jesus Christ.
Equipping The Saints says:
April 29, 2014 at 12:09 pm Edit
Thank you for your thoughts, and for the verses of God’s Word that support your beliefs. It can also be impossible for some people to meet for corporate worship, on some days and on all days. We can let our minds roam and think of many circumstances that prevent people from meeting with other people for organized worship. I wrote the post about Worship In Spirit And In Truth last night which lends truth that we worship “in spirit and in truth.” A place, time, day is not part of the discussion that Jesus had with the Samaritan woman. At that particular moment, He had the perfect opportunity to tell the woman that “worship” is to be done, “at that place, on that day, at that time.” But, he was very clear in His Words. Worship is that of relationship, and not of logistics. I trust that our Lord Jesus will lead you in sharing your thoughts of grace with those who may be confused about a subject that has been a noose around many necks for many years. Please have a blessed day.
Freedomborn … Aussie Christian Focus says:
April 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm Edit
Now, let’s worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus.
For Your Name Is Holy – I Enter The Holy Of Holies
Philippians 3:10, “That I may know Him …”