Revelation 4 Lesson

Being Thankful

PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

The first chapter of Revelation provides a useful guide into how the book of Revelation is laid out. 

  • “Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things.” - Revelation 1:19

The Book of Revelation is separated into three categories:

  1. “The things which you have seen.” – Past tense,
  2. “The things which are.” – Present tense,
  3. “The things which will take place after these things.” – Future tense.

In Chapter 4, the focus turns to things that will take place in the future. Throughout the chapter, John’s revelation brings to light the supreme authority of God. His writings provide amazing insight into what heavenwill be like. 

CASTING OUR CROWNS BEFORE THE THRONE

Our focus verse for today’s lesson is:

  • “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” – Revelation 4:11.

This statement was spoken by the twenty-four elders as they stood before the Throne of God.  Immediately after making that declaration, all twenty-four cast their crowns before the throne and worshipped God.  This was done to acknowledge that God is worthy of glory and honor and to give Him thanks. 

GIVING THANKS TO GOD

In the Book of Revelation, John was given a behind-the-scenes look at heaven and he was told to record what he saw.  In chapter four, He describes acts of reverence and thanksgiving given by the elders as they bowed down before the throne of God.

How about us?

Do we treat our Creator with the same reverence?  If we have not been honoring God properly, we need to change that.  Consider the following scripture:

  • “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.” – James 1:17.

As Christians, we should acknowledge and thank God for all that we have and all that we are.     

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT GIVING THANKS TO GOD

There are many Bible verses that talk about the importance of giving thanks to God.  Today we will mention four of them:

  1. “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:18,
  2. “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” - Colossians 3:17,
  3. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courtyards with praise.  Give thanks to Him, bless His name.” – Psalm 100:4,
  4. “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His faithfulness is everlasting.” - 1 Chronicles 16:34.

HOW TO GIVE THANKS TO GOD

  • “Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name.  Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make them remember that His name is exalted.  Praise the Lord in song, for He has done glorious things; Let this be known throughout the earth. Rejoice and shout for joy.” – Isaiah 4:4-6.

In the above scripture, the Prophet Isaiah lists five ways that we can give thanks to God:

  1. Call on His name.”  God wants to hear from us.  He wants to be a part of our lives every day.  As we receive blessings throughout the day, it is important for us to call on the name of the Lord and to give Him thanks.       
  2. Make known His deeds among the peoples.”  The Great Commission commands us to, “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizingthem in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Mathew 28:19-20As God brings people into our lives, it is critical that they see our love for the Lord and that we share what He has done for us.  (1 Peter 3:15)
  3. Make them remember that His name is exalted.”  To exalt means, “To glorify or elevate something.” (source: Google Dictionary).  We give thanks to God when we treat Him with the reverence and respect that He is due.  As we glorify God and lift Him up, others are more likely to do the same. 
  4. Praise the Lord in song.”  Singing songs of praise is an important part of our worship to God and one of the ways that we show our thanks to Him.  The Hebrew writer said, “I will proclaim Your name to My brethren, in the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise.” – Hebrews 2:12.  Other Bible verses that talk about the importance of song as a way of giving thanks include James 5:13, 1 Corinthians 14:15, Colossians 3:16, and Ephesians 5:19.   
  5. Rejoice and shout for joy.”  When we begin to grasp the enormity of God’s graceand mercy, we should be filled with joy.  Sharing our joy with others is a wonderful way to give thanks and to glorify God!

CONCLUSION

God loved us before we loved Him.  He loved us enough to send us His Son so that we can be reconciled by His precious blood.  It is only fitting that we give Him proper thanks and recognition. 

We will end today’s lesson with one of the most well-known verses of the Bible.  It reminds us of what we are giving thanks to God for:

  • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

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Pat Dermody

This reminds us that when we pray the first thing we should do is acknowledge the glory of God. In the perfect prayer, given to us by Jesus, he starts…”Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.”

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John

A beautiful depiction of John's vision. What a sight that must be!

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Dan
John

It is beyond our imagination! Thank you, Brother!

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