1Cor 2:9                    Eye Hath Not Seen, Nor Ear Heard                   2/21/2010      ßà   

  • Man’s Wisdom vs. God’s Wisdom (1Cor 2:1-10, Acts 18:9-11, Rom 10:17, Jer 17:5)

 

 

 

 

#1.       The Wisdom of God in a Mystery (1Cor 2:7, Eph 3:6, Deut 11:26-28, Gal 3:10)

 

 

 

 

  • The Secret of the Lord (Psalm 25:14, 34:9, Amos 3:7, Heb 6:17, Luke 12:32)

 

 

 

 

#2.       Eye Hath Not Seen, Nor Ear Heard (1Cor 2:9, Isa 64:3-9, Rom 9:13, 2Tim 4:8)

 

 

 

 

  • A New Dwelling Place (Isa 65:17-19, Gen 13:15-16, Gal 3:16, 4:25, Rom 4:13, Heb 11:10)

 

 

 

 

#3.       The Things Which God Hath Prepared (1Cor 2:9, Matt 25:34,41, 1Pet 1:4)

 

 

 

 

  • His Glorious Throne (Rev 3:21, 1Sam 2:8)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 2:1 (2X). Last week we focused our attention on 1Cor 2:2, which indeed is a very important verse. But today I would like to go on in this chapter and zero in on verse 9. Thus the title of this sermon is, Eye Hath Not Seen, Nor Ear Heard, (2X) which as you can see was taken from verse 9. Please put a sticker here in 1Cor 2. But while we are on the way to verse 9 we see a few other topics appear that I would like to address now. The first is:

  • Man’s Wisdom vs. God’s Wisdom (1Cor 2:1-10, Acts 18:9-11, Rom 10:17, Jer 17:5)

We have already seen this subject matter when we were in chapter 1, a few weeks ago. How is this different now in chapter 2? Well, in chapter 1 God emphasized the foolishness of preaching, which in man’s wisdom is only foolishness, but in God’s sight it is not at all foolishness. In God’s sight preaching provides for Him the opportunity to apply the power of God unto salvation to those who have come under the hearing of the Gospel. And since salvation is a mighty miracle of God, we are seeing with our own eyes the mighty power of God. But now in chapter 2 God emphasizes the wisdom of God in giving us faith simultaneously with a regenerated soul and glorious promises of the life hereafter. And in this the power of God is shown from a different perspective. Let us read about this here in 1Cor 2:1-10,

1Co 2:1-10  And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

The apostle tells us here that he came to Corinth in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling, not at all confident of himself. It was in such circumstances and with such feelings that the Lord appeared to him in a vision to encourage him. We read of God’s message to Paul in Acts 18:9-11,

Ac 18:9-11  Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

God encouraged Paul, saying, “For I have much people in this city.” The reason why Paul needed encouragement was that he came to Corinth in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling, not at all confident of himself. This is a condition which many preachers have when they take their place behind the pulpit, including myself. That is why I have to write out the sermons before I preach it, and all you see is a confident man behind the pulpit. Please turn to the Prophecy of Jeremiah, Jer 17:5 (2X). We should realize that salvation does not come from the wisdom of men, or from the wittiness of men, or from eloquent speech of men, but from the power of God. Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom 10:17). Our faith should not be a result of man’s wisdom, but of the wisdom that is given by God the Holy Spirit; which is a wisdom unto salvation. Jer 17:5 is called “the middle verse of the Bible,” for there are an equal number of verses before it as there are behind it. But the content of this middle verse characterizes the entire atmosphere of the Bible. Why did I have you turn to Jer 17:5? I wanted you to see how angry the Lord is toward those who put their trust in man’s works, or in man’s ideas, or in gospels designed to give glory to man, for all the glory must go to God. We read in Jer 17:5,

Jer 17:5 ¶  Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

Almighty God has let us know that when we put our trust in man, our heart will depart from the Lord in whom we really must put our trust. This means we are under a curse, because we have adopted a false gospel and we have adopted a false god, for our god has become the size of a man. Please turn again to 1Cor 2, and let us now look at another verse in this chapter concerning the true Gospel.

#1.       The Wisdom of God in a Mystery (1Cor 2:7, Eph 3:6, Deut 11:26-28, Gal 3:10)

All plans of human wisdom shall fail, and only what originated in God shall stand. We read in 1Co 2:7

1Co 2:7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

The words “even” and “wisdom” are in italics, which means that these words were a suggestion by the translators. Actually the verse becomes easier to understand when we leave those two words out. Literally the first half of 1Cor 2:7 then reads, “We proclaim the divine wisdom in a mystery” (2X). The apostle does not say that their preaching was mysterious, or that their doctrine was unintelligible; but he refers to the fact that this wisdom of God had been hidden in a mystery, hidden from men until that time, but was then revealed by the Gospel. In other words, he did not say that what they declared was hidden in a mystery, but that they made known the divine wisdom which had been concealed from the minds of men. Today the word “mystery” is understood in the sense of that which is beyond comprehension; it remains mysterious. But that is not the meaning of the word “mystery” in the Bible. The word “mystery” means: that which is concealed, or hidden, or that which has not yet been made known. And this word “mystery” is applied to those truths which until the revelation of Jesus Christ were concealed from men, because they were hidden under obscure types and shadows or prophecies, or which had been altogether unrevealed. The word “mystery” stands opposed to that which has been revealed, not to that which in itself is plain. From this radical idea in the word “mystery” it came also to be applied to those doctrines which had not been made known, but were in themselves deep and difficult. And so, it is applied also to the secret designs and purposes of God. I will give two examples of this in a moment. But first we should finish 1Cor 2:7. We read in the second half of 1Cor 2:7, “Which God ordained before the world unto our glory.” This mystery, which was hidden in the OT, but which has now been revealed, is nothing less than the Gospel of grace alone through Christ alone. And here God says that this Gospel was ordained before the foundation of the world to be unto our glory. O yes, this Gospel is certainly also to God’s glory, but that it also is to our glory has not been mentioned many times. From eternity past God had a plan, so full of wisdom, and for His own purpose and grace, that He sought our blessedness and salvation with such intensity that He was willing to give His own Son to suffer and die on a cross. And God has always cherished this purpose, and has loved us from eternity past, and God’s plan has always been centered on a group of people whom He called His elect, whom He has chosen from all people, and tongues, and tribes, and nations of the world. This was the mystery which the apostle Paul revealed in Eph 3:6, “That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.” And so, a remnant of the Gentiles and a remnant of the Jews would be drawn by the Father to worship the Lord Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of the promised Messiah, and this would be given to them freely, by grace. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Deuteronomy, Deut 11:26 (2X). Now, “God’s elective program” is often labeled in the churches as a “mystery”, a difficult doctrine that they could postpone till later, because they could not understand it. The fact of the matter is not that it is difficult to understand, but that it is difficult to accept. And then they point out various Scripture passages which seem to contradict the idea of God’s elective program. We have here in Deuteronomy one such a passage, but there are many. We read in Deut 11:26-28,

De 11:26-28  Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

Now, is this passage not clearly saying that we have a choice? Is it not promising that we shall be saved if we obey the commandments of the Lord, for to be blessed is equivalent to being saved? And this is indeed so if we isolate this passage from the rest of the Bible! But we should remember that the God who dictated these words to Moses is the same God who dictated His words to Paul. We read in Gal 3:10 (2X), “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” In other words, there is no one who can be saved by obeying the Law. And that is indeed true. If anyone believes that he or she can be saved by making a decision for Jesus, then God declares that they are still unsaved and are on the way to Hell, for “Cursed is the man that putteth his trust in man.” Look now at the evidence in the OT that has been put there by God. All of Israel heard these words from Moses in Deut 11. The choice was clear. Would you not think that the majority of Israel would decide to obey God and be saved? But the record says that the majority of Israel remained unsaved, and most of the nation did run after other gods, because they remained unsaved. They were unable to obey the whole law. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of the Psalms, Psalm 25:14 (2X). Let us now turn to a second example of what was spoken of in 1Cor 2:7, about “proclaiming the divine wisdom in a mystery” (2X).

  • The Secret of the Lord (Psalm 25:14, 34:9, Amos 3:7, Heb 6:17, Luke 12:32)

 Here is one of those secret designs and purposes of God that have long been hidden, but that now have been revealed. This is a Psalm of David, who is pleading with God to lead him into all truth. It is a Psalm that we all can identify with, for David asks the Lord for salvation. Then we read in Psalm 25:14,

Ps 25:14  The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

What is this secret of the Lord? We have a faint suspicion that this secret of the Lord is the Gospel of salvation, since God reveals His secret to them that fear Him. Who are they that fear the Lord? God says in Psalm 34:9 (2X), “O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.” This is just one of the many statements indicating that only the saints fear the Lord. The saints fear the Lord, because they have already been saved; they have already been instructed in the Gospel. And then the Lord teaches them His covenant. The Hebrew text of Psalm 25:14 says literally, “And He will make them to know His covenant.” And thus, God will teach us His covenant. This verse is intimately related to Amos 3:7. Please turn to the Prophecy of Amos, Amos 3:7 (2X). What does it mean that God will show us His covenant, or teach us His covenant? It means that God will show us from the Bible that God has a last will and testament, which is called the covenant of grace, wherein He named all the beneficiaries who would inherit God Himself when the maker of that will dies. That day has come. When the Lord Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, that will was confirmed and all the beneficiaries received the inheritance. That list of beneficiaries is identical to the list of all the elect of God who were chosen from before the foundation of the world. We read in Amos 3:7, “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” Notice that the word “secret” is singular. God does not say that He will disclose all His secret plans, but He will reveal His secret counsel (singular) to His servants the prophets. What does that mean? It means that He will reveal unto them His covenant, which is also called His secret counsel. And thus Amos 3:7 tells us that God will disclose all His secrets concerning salvation to His servants the prophets. And thus, Amos 3:7 has the same content as Psalm 25:14. We can rest assured that God does not change His plans of saving His elect, for His counsel cannot be changed. God says in Heb 6:17, “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath.” We are those heirs of promise, and we can be certain that God’s secret counsel, or God’s covenant, is immutable, which means it cannot be changed. The Lord Jesus says to us in Luke 12:32, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Let us now go on in this chapter of 1Cor, and now we have arrived at verse 9. Please turn in your Bibles to 1Cor 2:9 (2X).

#2.       Eye Hath Not Seen, Nor Ear Heard (1Cor 2:9, Isa 64:3-9, Rom 9:13, 2Tim 4:8)

Let us look at this passage carefully, for it has been misunderstood and taken out of context many times by all kinds of preachers. What do we read here in 1Cor 2:9?

1Co 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

This verse begins with “As it is written.” Where do we find this passage in the OT? Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 64:4 (2X). Actually Isa 63 and Isa 64 are two chapters that belong together as one whole. In Isa 63 Christ as the mighty conqueror returns victoriously from Edom where He has executed judgment. Why Edom? In the spiritual dimension Edom symbolizes all of mankind that remains unsaved, for the Lord says in Rom 9:13, “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated,” where Jacob and Esau symbolize all the elect and all the reprobate in the world. And thus in the spiritual dimension the battle that Christ had in Edom represents His battle on the cross, where the sins of all the elect were judged, and where the sins of all the reprobate were passed by. In this sense Edom was already judged at the cross. Then beginning in Isa 63:7 the saints represented by Israel present a hymn of thanksgiving for the deliverance from their archenemy Edom. But there is much sin remaining in Israel on which the judgment of the Lord shall come through Babylon. Therefore beginning in Isa 63:15 the saints beseech the Lord for mercy, and this prayer for mercy continues to the end of Isa 64. And so, this is where we start this chapter. The verse that was referred to in 1Cor 2:9 is Isa 64:4, where we read,

Isa 64:4  For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

Does God refer us here to glorious conditions in the life hereafter? Does this verse refer to the life hereafter, or to the life on this earth? When we consider the context, we find that it does not at all refer to the life hereafter. Isa 64:4 is located in the midst of a prayer of repentance and of beseeching the Lord for mercy, for the judgment by Babylon is near. We read in Isa 64:3-9,

Isa 64:3-9  When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved. But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities. But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.

And so, what we see here is that Isa 64:4 is in the midst of a prayer, and speaks of the wonders of God’s grace in salvation. And how does that compare with 1Cor 2:9? Please turn again to 1Cor 2:9 (2X).

1Co 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

We find that this verse also sits in the midst of glorifying God for salvation, and not in the midst of future prophecy. 1Cor 2:7 speaks of the wisdom of God in the Gospel before the world was created. 1Cor 2:8 speaks of the ignorance of the world in recognizing the Lord of glory. 1Cor 2:10 speaks of God’s revelation to us of the wonders of salvation. And so, the meaning of 1Cor 2:9 must refer to the blessedness that all the saints enjoy already on this earth. It is the joy that all the saints can see the true wisdom of God, and the fitness, and the beauty, and the excellency of God’s plan of salvation. This is what has been revealed by God the Holy Spirit to the saints, according to verse 10. And so, what are the things which God has prepared for us? Look at all the provisions of mercy and blessedness which the Gospel makes known to the people of God. Those things relate to the pardon of sin; to the atonement and the justification by faith; to the peace and joy which accompany salvation; to the complete and final redemption from sin and death which the Gospel is fitted to produce; and many other comforts that the fellowship of the saints provide. In these respects the blessings which the Gospel brings surpass the full comprehension of unsaved men. Truly “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” But having said this, in an indirect manner we can ask what the future state is of the saints is. What is the end-result? If on earth we already enjoy such blessings in the fellowship of the saints, then how much higher and purer shall be the joys which we shall receive in the NH&NE? Concerning this future joy, God says in 2Tim 4:8,

2Ti 4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

So, what is this crown of righteousness that God has already revealed unto us? Please turn in your Bibles again to the Prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 65:17 (2X).

  • A New Dwelling Place (Isa 65:17-19, Gen 13:15-16, Gal 3:16, 4:25, Rom 4:13, Heb 11:10)

We already know that God promised a NH&NE in the end of the Bible, when we have come to Rev 21. But were you aware that the OT prophets already knew this? God said to His people in Isa 65:17-19,

Isa 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

In other words, God is going to give us a new dwelling place. God is going to do away with the present heaven, for the present heaven was primarily created as a dwelling place for spirits. But when Christ comes again He shall give us new glorified bodies which will be joined to our existing souls, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. And then He will usher us into the NH&NE which is made for our new glorified bodies. Please turn to the Prophecy of Genesis, Gen 13:15 (2X). Did the OT saints already know about the NH&NE and about glorified bodies? Let us look for example at God’s dealings with Abraham. God spoke to Abraham many times about this. We read in Gen 13:15-16,

Ge 13:15-16  For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy Seed for ever. And I will make thy Seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy Seed also be numbered.

Let us now not be sloppy readers. We read at the end of Gen 13:15 the words “for ever”. God really meant “forever”. But God already knew that at the end of time this world shall be destroyed, and thus the land of Canaan will not be in existence forever. Therefore, if we believe what God said, then we must believe that God referred to the spiritual meaning of the land of Canaan. In other words, the land of Canaan was only a symbol for the kingdom of God. That was the land that was promised to Abraham forever. In addition we read in these two verses the word Seed three times. Does this refer to the physical descendants of Abraham? No, it cannot refer to the physical descendants of Abraham, for they are not as numerous as the dust of the earth, not by a long shot. Then who does this Seed refer to? We read in Gal 3:16, “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” Therefore it is the seed of Christ which was in view in these verses. The saints shall be so numerous that no one can count them. And yet, when we compare this seed to the population of the entire world, it is only a remnant, chosen by grace. Did Abraham understand this? Please turn to the Epistle to the Romans, Rom 4:13 (2X). In this chapter of Romans God praises the faith of Abraham. So great was the faith of Abraham that God calls him the father of all believers, for when we become saved we receive a faith that is like that of our father Abraham. And yet, God says in Gal 3:22 that we will receive the faith of Christ. We read in Rom 4:13,

Ro 4:13  For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Therefore we see here that Abraham already understood that he would be the heir of the world; not just the land of Canaan, but the new world that God was going to create after destroying this world. Please turn now to the Epistle to the Hebrews, Heb 11:10 (2X). Did you notice, when we were in Isa 65:17-19, that God spoke of Jerusalem? Which Jerusalem was that? God says in Gal 4:25 that the Jerusalem which now is on earth is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. The Jerusalem of bricks and mortar, which symbolizes all those who have a gospel of works, or a gospel of obeying the law, are still in bondage and are on a slippery slide into Hell. But the Jerusalem which is above is the New Jerusalem, of which all the elect are citizens. Did Abraham understand this? Take a good look here at Heb 11:10, where God testifies of Abraham’s faith.

Heb 11:10  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Abraham might not have called it the New Jerusalem, but He understood the concept very well. This was Abraham’s crown of righteousness which was revealed by God that it was reserved for him.

#3.       The Things Which God Hath Prepared (1Cor 2:9, Matt 25:34,41, 1Pet 1:4)

1Co 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Who are those that love Him? The Bible says that only the elect shall love Him, for they are the only ones who shall be drawn by the Father to the Lord Jesus Christ. Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 25:34 (2X). This is a parable of the judgment on the last day. It is only a parable, for people do not look like sheep and goats. The real scenario is better described in Rev 20. But Christ spoke this parable to teach us some nuggets of truth as they shine forth out of this parable. Look carefully at the words of verse 34. We read in Matt 25:34,

Mt 25:34  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

But literally the Greek text says, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom having been prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” What is Christ saying here? He is saying that the kingdom, which refers to the NH&NE, has already been prepared from the foundation of the world. In other words, that new universe was already created at the time that God created the present universe. In other words, the NH&NE has already been created, but it is presently still empty. Please understand that it must be a new and different universe, with different laws of nature, unlike the present universe where entropy dwells. In the present universe nothing is permanent; everything is subject to decay, for the law of entropy dictates that everything must degrade unto the greatest disorder. But in the new universe everything is permanent, and there is no death, for there is where righteousness dwells. Now look also at verse 41. The Lord Jesus Christ says in Matt 25:41,

Mt 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Literally the Greek text says, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, having been prepared for the devil and his angels.” What is Christ saying here? He is saying that Hell has already been prepared “for the Devil and his angels”, which is better translated “for the Devil and his messengers.” And who are the messengers of the Devil? All the fallen angels are messengers of the Devil, but all the unsaved are also messengers of the Devil, for they are the instruments that the Devil uses to tempt and to seduce other people into sin, so that they too shall be condemned for their sins. Yes, Hell has already been prepared, but presently Hell is still empty, because the Devil and his messengers must first be arraigned before the judgment throne of Christ. But to His elect the Lord will say, “Come, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you”, which are the words God dictated to the apostle Peter in 1Pet 1:4.

There are many more things the Lord shall say to us on that day when He ushers us into His glorious NH&NE. Please turn in your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 3:21 (2X). He will mention:

  • His Glorious Throne (Rev 3:21, 1Sam 2:8)

Here in Rev 3 from verses 14-22 the Lord Jesus is speaking to the church at Laodicea, which was a lukewarm church. Even though that church was almost dead, and even though the Lord was ready to vomit that church out into the hands of Satan, there were still a few people in that church whom the Lord wanted to encourage and to strengthen in their faith. And thus He says in Rev 3:21 (2X),

Re 3:21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

This is an amazing statement! The word “throne” is in the singular. Him that overcometh refers to every saint. We all are overcomers, for we all will be persevering to the end, for this is the will of God. Those who have been elected unto salvation will be drawn by God’s irresistible grace to the Lord Jesus Christ, for the Lord Jesus has paid unto a complete satisfaction of the righteousness of God, the Judge, for all our sins. But if it was the will of God that Christ suffered and died for each one of His saints, it is also guaranteed that each one of His saints shall persevere to the end, for this is the will of God. And so, it is the destiny of each one of His saints that we shall sit with Christ in His throne, and be ruling over the NH&NE as coheirs with Christ. We cannot draw a picture of this. We cannot even imagine that Christ will bestow such a great honor upon us, but we can only say the words that define our future destiny. Please turn to the Prophecy of 1Samuel, 1Sam 2:8 (2X). When we read Rev 3:21 we stand amazed at such a great gift, given to an undeserving creature. And we wonder if there are more verses that will support such a view of the life hereafter. Indeed there are more such verses. Let me just bring up one more example, which is part of Hanna’s prayer of gratitude for God’s gift of a child. We read in 1Sam 2:8,

1Sa 2:8  He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.

“The Lord raiseth up the spiritually poor out of the dust”, for we were pleading with Him while laying prostrate in the dust, pleading with Him for mercy. “The Lord lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill”, for we were those beggars and the dunghill is this world of sin. We were spiritually bankrupt; we had nothing to offer, and we were begging for some clothing to cover our sins. The Lord answered us and raised us up, and lifted us up to give us a place among the princes of His court. Yea more, He made us sons of God so that we would be like the other princes of His court. And when the last day has arrived He makes us inherit the throne of glory. That is a singular throne again! Whose throne is that? It is His throne. We will be reigning with Christ in His throne. What a stupendous idea. We still cannot fathom such a great gift. It would take us all eternity to understand and be grateful for such a great gift. But God said it, and that is why I believe it.            AMEN.           Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.