Published on March 16th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Pastor Paula White ; Jesus & Worship
Because there are many religions, so it’s said, there must be many paths to God. We all worship the same God, only in different ways. This way of arguing is as old as time. But perhaps this way of arguing is the wrong way, just as one of those paths may lead to the wrong “god.” What if you worshiped a particular god all your life only to find out his way—that of idolatry—diverted the path to the true God? Passed the brink of time, you would not be in a very good situation, for I have not known many who have reentered time to change their path.
The Supremacy of Christ
Christians are peculiar people. They believe in one way to God, a rather narrow, dangerous way at that. I do not think many who are reading this article would object if I said, to paraphrase John Owen, that those who do not behold the glory of Christ by faith now will not behold the glory of Christ by sight hereafter. Beside the fact that it would be unfair to have multiple ways to enter eternity (for some ways are easier, some unpredictable, some nearly impossible), God has graciously revealed the way to Himself through His Word.
Jesus—the Word—rules the present world, putting to silence those gods who speak of mythical fairy tales. Jesus upholds all things (Heb. 1:3). He not only reigns supreme over all spiritual forces in the heavenly places, but also governs the affairs of men so that nothing happens outside His control. Jesus is the only man who has risen from the grave. Jesus is the only God who has the power to raise us from the grave, change our ashes into something beautiful, transform sinners into saints and rebels into the redeemed. Only Jesus—over all gods, and people—is worthy of praise.
In fact, for those who are trekking on the right path, John says that for all eternity Christ will be the object of worship (Rev. 22:3). The new heaven and the new earth will be a place of constant worship. Christ as the object of worship is significant primarily in two ways. First, God will dwell among all those who had faith in Christ (Rev. 21:22). God and the Lamb are the new temple, indicating that worship is to be found with Christ Himself, the radiance of God’s glory (Heb. 1:3). Second, the glory of God literally fills the new heaven and the new earth so that there is no need for the sun or moon. John explains further by stating that Christ Himself illumines this glory, for the glory of God is the lamp of the Lamb (Rev. 21:23).
In Revelation 21, John pulls back the curtain to our new eternal home. We see that worship dominates our activity because we are constantly and literally with God. Sin, tears, death, pain will be no more, allowing unhindered praise to spring forth. We will drink “from the spring of the water of life without cost,” tasting absolute freedom and total immortality (21:4-6). Eternity will be a residence of peace where all fears and disappointments vanish. The world of sin will be replaced by a world of righteousness. We will live in such a place by the glory of the Lamb whose light shines on us.
To bring heaven down—or, to make this applicable—we could say that our looking into eternity should motivate us to live by the lamp of the Lamb while waiting for our heavenly home. Paul says we are light in the Lord (Eph. 5:8). We live in a dark world. This world has need for the lamp of the Lamb that shines so brightly in heaven. We bring heaven down by telling the world that worship of the true God is only experienced by the light of Christ. Living by the lamp of Christ means that we live our lives in open worship before a dark world. As others see Christ in us, the piercing light will penetrate their darkness, bringing hope, salvation, and peace to people who are wooed and fooled by false gods.