In Revelation 19:11-13 we read of a grand climax in John’s vision, when One comes forth from heaven on a white horse. The One is called Faithful and True. “His name is called The Word of God” and “on His head were many crowns.”
This One so crowned is the Lord Jesus Christ. He has “all power” or “all authority” according to Matthew 28:18. He is the One crucified at Calvary for the sins of all kindreds and tongues and peoples and nations (Rev. 5:9). He is worthy to receive “power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing” (Rev. 5:12). “Crown Him with many crowns!” the songwriter exclaims. Exalt the sinless Lamb of God who is altogether worthy of worship “for ever and ever”! (Rev. 5:13).
It is almost beyond human comprehension that this glorious and eternal One, this King of kings, is also the meek and lowly Savior in whom the soul of the believer finds rest and peace and comfort. He came to our hearts when they were heavy with deep conviction of sin and were greatly yearning for forgiveness and peace with God. He came with a blessed assurance that through His blood shed at Calvary, we have forgiveness of sins as we confess them, and through that blood we are cleansed from all sin (1 John 1:7). In compassion for us, He brought peace to our guilt-ridden hearts and sweet fellowship with Himself. He promised to never leave nor forsake us, and He took away the fear of death by His assurance that through faith in Him we have eternal life (John 3:16).
Bowing lowly at His feet, we can but be amazed at this wonderful salvation God has provided for us. Might we ever realize its matchless worth. Has not God done for us that which is above all we could ask or think? This kingly Lord Jesus even calls us “friends” if we do whatever He commands us, the Friend of all friends, who laid down His life for us (John 15:13-15).
J. Hudson Taylor, enthralled by all that we have in our Lord Jesus, writes that while the Bible speaks of Christ being the vine and we the branches, he envisions Christ as also the soil in which the vine is planted and rooted, and Christ as the air about it, the sun that shines on it, and the rain that waters it. “Christ is all and in all” (Col. 3:11), to borrow from another context.
How favored and nourished is that branch! Outside of that safe abiding place is an atmosphere that is damaging and even deadly.
Unquestionably, the spiritual atmosphere is being defiled. Iniquity is abounding, as Scripture tells us it will be in the last days (Matt. 24:12). The devil and his hosts are very active in going about to steal and to kill and to destroy. Pitfalls are many and varied. There are deceptions galore to draw us away from the truths of God’s Word. But praise God, if we are abiding in Christ, we are encased as it were, in Him: “...Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3). “Precious hiding place…in the shelter of His love....”
We are promised our Lord’s intercessions for us to be kept from the evil one (John 17:15). Our part is to abide in Christ and to have His Word abiding in us, to obey that Word, to walk in the Spirit, to pray always. We belong to a victorious Savior who triumphed over the powers of darkness by the Cross (Col. 2:15). We dare never presume nor trust in our own strength, but hidden with Christ in God, we are kept from the sin pollutions of this day. God help us one and all to walk humbly, obediently, and in full dependence upon His keeping power, that He be glorified in us and through us. “…Kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation” (1 Pet. 1:5). Kept “to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (v. 4).
Let us hold firmly to our place “in Christ,” who is “far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named” (Eph. 1:21). Christ is victor over all the powers of darkness, and in Him we have victory also. Draw upon the Holy Spirit who is given to help us in prayer (Rom. 8:26).
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon