And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth
A Lamb. Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb of God who bore the sins of the world (see the entry for John 1:29). John refers to Jesus as a Lamb 28 times in Revelation.
When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
The Lamb of God is Jesus; see entry for Rev. 5:6.
And they sang a new song, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
(a) You were slain. Jesus is the Lamb of God that was slain (see Rev. 5:12, 13:8).
(b) Purchased for God. You have been bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:20, 7:23). You belong to God (1 Pet. 2:9). This means your welfare and your future are God’s concern. It is he who sustains you and keep you to the end (1 Cor. 1:8–9).
“You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
(a) Made them to be a kingdom. The word for kingdom is better translated as kings or royalty. Heaven regards us as kings because our Father is kingly. Your born-again blood runs royal blue. See also Rev. 1:6.
Further reading: “You are a king (so act like one)”
(b) Priests. You were a slave but Jesus has made you into a king and a priest. You have been called to serve in a priestly capacity and rule in a kingly capacity (see entry for 1 Pet. 2:9). You have a God-given mandate to rule and reign here and now (Gen. 1:26).
(c) Reign upon the earth. Earth is our home (Ps. 115:16).
When God told Adam to “fill the earth and subdue it,” he was saying, “This is your home. You’re in charge. Take care of it” (Gen. 1:28).
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