The Revelation of Jesus and His People

This is an excerpt from an upcoming book on discipleship. Far too many people think the book of Revelation is mostly about the beast and suffering. The book of Revelation does contain very sobering warnings that should be taken seriously, but this is not the main theme of the book.

Something Far Greater Is Coming

Note: this is an excerpt from the book It Must Be Finished. In any good story, the great climax comes near the end. The story of redemption is the same.We need to recover a sense of anticipation, expectation, and awe at the way the story of redemption ends because this the

The Divine Son of Man in the New Testament

This is an excerpt from the book Son of Man: The Gospel of Daniel 7. Daniel used the phrase “Most High” to identify the Son of Man as YHWH. Gabriel’s appearance to announce Jesus’ birth immediately connected Jesus to Daniel’s prophecies because Gabriel only appeared in Scripture to give Daniel

A Priestly People Fascinated with Beauty

This message examines what is means for human beings to be priests and how the endless human craving for beauty and fascination is a God ordained part of humanity designed to bring us into our priestly calling.

Our Eternal Identity – Priests who Declare the Beauty of God

God gives the apostle John two key phrases in Revelation 4:1 that relate to our eternal calling. This is a message on our eternal calling as priests before God to encounter the beauty of God, declare that beauty to the world, and create contexts where people can encounter God’s beauty.

Building the Church According to the Biblical Pattern

There is a sense in which Revelation 4:1 is written over the doorpost of every church. In the same way that John was taken up to show him the things that must soon take place, the church is meant to be a place on the earth where people can enter and encounter the things to come.

Heaven and Earth Will Come Together

The end of the Bible predicts heaven coming to earth as the heavenly city descends to earth. This means earth will ultimately reflect what heaven now is in many ways. Ephesians 1 tells us how this is going to happen – Jesus is going to unite things in heaven and earth.

The Redemption of Creation

The key transition between Revelation 4 and 5 is the revelation of the Lamb. The revelation of Jesus is what brings man into his eternal calling and what will fill the earth with the declaration of God’s beauty.

The Need for Priestly Ministry

The gospel does not replace the priesthood; it enables the priesthood God always wanted. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus God’s eternal purpose of a nation of priests can go forward. Humans are uniquely created to encounter the beauty of God and declare that beauty in the earth.

The Recovery of Man’s Calling

In the same way the elders and living creatures in heaven stand before God and use their authority to make God’s beauty known in the heavens, so also man must stand before God and use his authority on the earth to make God’s beauty known on the earth. This is key to the plan of redemption.

The Things that Must Come

Revelation 4 provides the first glimpse at “must take place.” The first step to understanding what must take place is understanding the heavenly pattern that God wants on the earth and how that partner show affect the way we build the church.

Priestly Ministry is a Response to Jesus’ Beauty

When we think of the book of Revelation we often think of many things, but the book declares itself first of all to be the “Revelation of Jesus.” Priestly ministry is first and foremost a response to that beauty.