Revelation 15; It’s Not A Salvation Issue


I am writing tonight from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

 

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15

 

Today, in the church we hear people refer to certain church standards

as not being a “salvation issue”, and they may be right, certain

standards may not directly affect our salvation. However, wouldn’t

it make us a rather selfish lot of people if the only issues and

standards we concern ourselves with are the ones that affect our

personal salvation? Instead of limiting our concern with “salvation

issues” shouldn’t we be more concerned with “glorifying God issues”?

 

When the Children of Israel worshiped the golden calf, God told Moses

He would destroy them right there in the wilderness and create a new

people after Moses’ name. That would have been a great deal for

Moses as these people had caused him nothing but trouble. But Moses

was more concerned about God’s reputation. He told the Lord,

“Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he

bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them

from the face of the earth.” Exodus 32:12 Moses was so concerned about

what the other nations thought of his God that it became much more

than a salvation issue. As a matter of fact Moses said in vs. 32

“Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me,

I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.” To Moses,

God’s honor and reputation was more important than his own salvation!

Moses was not worried about “salvation issues” but rather

“glorifying God issues.”

 

Revelation 15 speaks of an entire multitude on the Sea of Glass,

singing the song of “Moses and the Lamb.” What song or experience,

do Moses and the Lamb have that this multitude shares as well? In

Gethsemane, Jesus, the Lamb was willing to die forever if that’s what

it took to do His Father’s will. “. The Saviour could not see

through the portals of the tomb.” (Desire of Ages p.753) For Jesus,

just like Moses, His concern was glorifying God over His own

salvation. In Revelation 15, John speaks of an entire multitude of people who see

beyond their own “salvation issues” and focus on “glorifying God

issues” when it comes to standards and commandment keeping. Our

obedience and standards are not so much about our salvation, as they

are about honoring and loving Jesus.

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