Policing In Sydney Australia

Conversation with Sir. John, who is a policeman in Downtown Sydney, which is the largest city in the largest state in the country of Australia. He has been a Police Officer for 12 years. We discuss the diffrences between polcing in the two countries and the feelings about the government and firearms.

We talk about:

  • Do the police have guns?
  • When you have an emergency, you don’t dial 911, you dial 000.
  • Sydney is the largest city in the largest state in the country of Australia. John is a police officer in the most dense part of the city. He works in the Domestic Violence specialty team.
  • We talk about Policing and how do you deal with crime.
  • We talk about the Australian Gun Ban and how effective it is and why.
  • Certain people shouldn’t have guns, but how do you draw that line?
  • Why should law-abiding citizens not have the right to defend themselves?
  • There was a crazy shooter in 1996 who killed 35 people in Tasmania, and since the government took away all of the guns, there has not been a single mass shooting.
  • There are 5 million people living in Sydney. 25 Million in Australia.
  • We talk about the Aboriginals or first people’s in Sydney and describe how the relationship between these minorities and the White Anglo-Saxon Police go.
  • Why do we have less violence where there are more homogeneous populations?
  • California Prop 47
  • Is there Liberty in Australia since the government has a monopoly on force?
  • The Current Drought in Australia and what the political attitude is here.
  • You are required to vote in Australia or you’ll get a fine.
  • Red Flag Laws
  • Some lady was shot in her car in Australia, showing that Gun Violence still exist even with the ban.
  • A mentally ill person with a gun is more dangerous to society than a drug dealer with a gun.
  • What happens when you take the fear away from being shot from policing?
  • Chicago vs Sydney.
  • Are there gangs in Sydney?
  • Is there racial profiling in Australia?
  • Police in Australia can stop any car for any reason.
  • Police in Australia can’t put handcuffs on people automatically.
  • Are there snitches in Australia?
  • Police are Trigger Happy In America because of Firearms.
  • Key Takeaways from Successful Policing in Sydney.
    • Community Policing at School.
    • Police are Human Beings. They hurt.
  • Wal Mart is called K-Mart in Australia.

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Confronting White Supremacy

Spencer Goes to the Black Jewish Justice Alliance Heschel/King Forum with his MAGA gear to ask a very simple question. “What is White Supremacy?”

The following is a very in-depth conversation amongst activists about the idea of White Supremacy.

The Following other topics were also discussed.
– Being a Jew.
– Pretending to the Roman Catholic.
– Trying to acheive a world where you don’t assume someone’s gender.
– Hair as apart of culture.

The conversation wasimpactful beacuse no one expected a Young Black Conservative to show up asking very simple questions.

What I learned is that White Supremacy is so prevasive, so integral, so ingrained and embedded in Western Society that it is invisible! And one of the youth on a panel told me that White Supremacy is to the point in our society that if you removed it, you would not see ANY difference in our society! INCREDIBLE! I hope I’m able to come back and have such transformative dialogue!

Encountering White Supremacy here sponsored by the #blackjewish Justice Alliance was a wonderful way to look inside the minds of The Left. There is Hope for the Future Guys!

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Episode 2 – The Wall

Main Topics:

  1. Is there a Christian Case For Building The Wall?
  2. Does God Have a Chosen People?
    – Who are God’s People?
  3. How does religion work with Politics?
  4. Can Christians Judge?

A Conversation between Spencer and Eric on these and minor subjects.

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Episode 1 – Reformation Day

  1. Why a Podcast.
    • No More RSS. Blogs hard to find.
    • Centralization of Content on Facebook.
    • YouTube Channel too hard to produce.
    • Audio only better able to focus while producing quick thoughts.
    • Hosted on my server and website: EyesOfReason.com
  2. Who am I
    • A Christian.
    • A Seventh-day Adventist Christian.
    • American.
    • Republican.
    • Software Engineer.

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God Emperor Trump

It is no secret that I’ve supported the Republican nominee for President: But some people take it a bit too far. This week I was at a rally in Los Angeles for Travis Allen, who is running for Governor of California. There after the rally a lady was going around saying that everyone should read a certain book. Naturally, because of the way I am, I ask why? The interaction went like this:

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Jewish Uber Ride

On my Uber ride to work the driver asked me what I was going to do this weekend. I say: “I’m going to Church on Saturday, and idk what Sunday i’m going to do”.
He says ” You go to Church on Saturday?!”
I say: “Yeah”
he then says: “Why”?
“I’m a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, I believe that all of Christ’s Commandments are still applicable to Christians. We also believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and He is coming soon!”
“When does Sabbath start?”
“Friday night to Saturday night!”
he then says: “Wow i’m Jewish and that’s when the Sabbath starts!”
Because we were about halfway there, I had to cut to the chase:
“So what is stopping you from becoming a Christian?”
He then says:
“You know i’ve grown up Jewish and my parents are Jewish”
I then say:
“You know your parents are Jewish, but you need to find God for yourself. You can’t get by on the faith of your parents. Faith is something that you need to have when you can have confidence in God. The Bible–especially in the book of Daniel– can give you confidence in God based on what He has done in the past”
He’s like: “yeah I see”
I then find a tract in my backpack for “A Love Letter from Jesus” I need to start carrying more diverse ones but this one fit.
 
So many people interact with Faith based on the beliefs of their parents. The guy was Jewish (or claimed to be) based on his parents, but he didn’t have any conviction for himself. I’ve met many people who come from Jewish families and seem to be based on their parent’s faith. It is not an exclusively jewish thing, but it is prevalent. 
 
Jesus is my Hero, and He has saved the day and my life.
 
But for some others, He is just a name.
 
Jesus stands at the door and knocks, but He waits until the person comes and opens the door. He doesn’t force people and His forgiveness covers a multitude of sins. 
 
I interact best with people who are on a search for Truth. My Uber driver started reading the tract as soon as I handed it to him. Heaven must be in the business of causing encounters with people who are on the search and who have a little faith. I like talking with people who are atheists or people who are certain about their philosophy of Truth, because that is a common ground we can communicate on. People who simply don’t care, or who are too caught up in the cares of this life are really boring people. I came to have Faith in the Son of God through investigation, and that seems to be my vehicle for sharing what I have found. 

God has to be your Treasure. He has to be the One in the center of your life. When God is in your Heart, He will be the thing that you keep closest to you. For some people it may be their car, their bike, their house; but for those who love God, God will be their Treasure, the thing they keep closest.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. –Matthew 6:21
 My Jesus, I am Yours!

Banning Christmas

The Christmas Holy Day should be banned. The gifts, the celebrations, the parties, the whole nine years, Santa included, should be thrown out and buried. At least that is what the Puritan Christians proposed and accomplished in America the Land of the Free.

For preventing disorders arising in several places within this jurisdiction, by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept in other countries, to the great dishonor of God and offence of others, it is therefore ordered by this Court and the authority thereof, that whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon such accounts as aforesaid, every such person so offending shall pay for every such offence five shillings, as a fine to the country. — Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England 1659

This was passed in 1659, before the founding of The United States of America, during a time where the majority of people were not only Christians, but a good portion of these were legalistically devout Christians. The Christmas Ban was enacted because of certain reasons given here:

  1. Preventing disorder.
  2. Christmas is a superstitious festival that brings dishonor to God.

These two ideas are linked, but lets explore them.

 Today there is a practice of singing songs about Christmas door to door. This we know as Caroling. In the past, in Europe and in America, people would go door to door singinging, but they would be drunk, and they would go into rich people’s neighborhoods and houses and demand that they be fed . I know I would not like it if a bunch of people came into my house demanding that I give them food. This practice around Christmas time was known as wassailing. Christmas was a festival that would be wrought with people acting crazy. This led to lots of disorder. The very act of drunkenness goes back much much further to pagan Roman times, the wassail was just carried forward into Christmas .

The Puritans were not the first group to ban Christmas. In 1583, the Scottish Presbyterians had already concluded that there was no biblical reason to celebrate Christmas . Identifying it as a baptized pagan holiday. Christmas, which means the Mass (Celebration) of Christ, was associated with the Roman Catholic Church, and because the Protestant Christians viewed Catholicism as the Antichrist, they called Christmas “Antichrist’s Mass” . It is true that there is no biblical command to celebrate Christmas. The day itself comes from pagan origins, many think that the Christians began celebrating it in Europe on that day because while the Romans had something to celebrate, the Christians would do their own celebration. During this time of the year, the pagans would dress up as animals and go door to door. When the Church came into power, this practice was banned under pain of excommunication . (it looks like this pagan practice switched over into Halloween)

Things like the Yule Log, Pagan. Mistletoe, Pagan. These things were taught to ward off demons. People had the belief that someone who was born on Christmas day had the power to see spirits and demons and was able to remove them .  The entire season was filled with things taken straight out of unchristian festivals and made Christian. The Christmas season lasted twelve days and during those days no type of work was to be performed, it was a Sabbath.  Maybe the idea was to give people something to look forward to during the winter time, it became a season of much celebration and ungodly disorder. The Twelfth day of Christmas was supposed to be the day the Wise Men came to Baby Jesus and brought Him the gifts. By the time the custom got to the seventeenth century, the Twelfth day of Christmas became the largest party ever, with an incredible amount of alcohol being used .  The entire time and customs lend reasoning to why the Puritans and the Presbyterians banned it.

Even though it was banned, Christmas did not die out. In 1679 four young men invaded the house of a farmer and began to sing Christmas songs. They then asked for alcohol, were pushed out then began terrorizing other people. People kept Christmas indoors and out of sight. In the year 1681 under pressure from England, the ban was lifted. Reforms were made to take out much of the debauchery that had plagged the holiday.

Today, Christmas might be banned under a different pretense. The holiday has lost much of its meaning as people focus on the exchanging of Gifts more than the Birth of Christ . Even though everyone in the 1600’s went to Church on Christmas morning, they seemed to like the other parts of the celebration more than reflection upon Jesus. Christians today seem to be following in the same path. Many Christians also see no problem with the idea of Santa Claus, injecting the very idea of earthly, temporary gifts as a substitute for the eternal, infinite gift of Eternal Life; even lying to their kids about it instead of telling their kids about the One who is Truth Himself, and basing it on works-righteousness (“Knows when you’re sleeping and awake”).

Many people like to get into debates about the day, no one knows the day of the Birth of Christ and I don’t think it matters. The fact that a pagan holiday was used to celebrate the Birth of Jesus is unfortunate. I am glad that Christianity did eventually win out, but history shows that many of the unchristian rituals were baptised into the Celebration (Mass) of Christ.

Maybe we need to thinking about banning Christmas, until we can reform it to be the day where people think not of their own selves, but on the One who is the reason for the season. If not, then history will repeat itself.

— Merry (Mighty) Christmas.  

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Mere Protestantism

On this the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a new document, called the  Reforming Catholic Confession has been created as a sort of summary of what it means to be a protestant.

The Word “catholic” (small c) means Universal. The catholic Church consists of the visible Church that is the bride of Christ that includes all believers. The Reformation was seen as an attempt to protest the Roman Catholic Church of teachings that were seen as a departure from the catholic Faith once delivered to the saints. It was seen as universal and as a correction.

I would venture to guess that today most protestants don’t know why they are protestant. Most pastors might not even know. In this age of nondenominational Churches, I suspect that most do not care. The document was produced by many different faith traditions and churches, and they were able to agree on a set of fundamental beliefs that are the mere essence of Christianity.

But what is a protestant? I was asked this on a plane and the question is a lot more loaded than it sounds. Quite simply, a Protestant is one who protests against the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

What were they protesting? And Why?

The Five Solas of the Reformation

There are five basic ideas behind the reformation. I originally had planned to publish this article back in October, but I was confused about one of the ‘Solas’ (Latin for ‘alone’)  so I went to Germany to learn more:

    1. Sola Scriptura – By the Scriptures Alone: Before the Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church had restricted access to the Bible. It was written in Latin, read only by the priest, and not available to the common people. John Wycliff, born a century and a half before Luther, noticed some things wrong with what the Roman Catholics were teaching, so he translated the Bible into English, laying the seeds for the reformation. With the Bible in the Language of the People, they could now directly access the Word of God and not have to rely only on the Priest to know what God has said. Sure there wasn’t pocket-sized bibles, but the Romans wanted to keep the Scriptures away from the people as way to ensure their authority over them. Wycliff helped to break that. In modern times you’ll find that a Roman Catholic will defer to Early Church Fathers or Councils or Canons when attempting to justify a doctrine. The Teachings of the Church should be based on the Scriptures alone and not on people’s opinion or of Church Councils or Traditions. They are rooted and grounded in the Scriptures Alone.
    2. Solus Christus – By Christ Alone: Roman Catholics taught that other people that the Church had declared blessed could intercede to the Father on behalf of people who prayed to them.

      For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;  (1Ti 2:5)

      These people who could intercede for others were called “Saints” and status were made for them. The Roman Church even teach that Mary was sinless and that she is the “Queen of Heaven”. Such doctrines can only arise if the Bible isn’t the basis for all teachings. By the Blood of Jesus Christ alone we are made right and declared Just in God’s sight. Atonement can come by none other than Christ.  This also means that Christianity alone can bring salvation.

    3. Sola Fide – By Faith Alone: Many people get tripped up into thinking that there is something that they must do to be saved. Some action to be performed. Luther was a Roman Catholic Monk, and he was performing actions/penance  in order to be restored unto God. People would do things like whip themselves, sleep on hard benches with no blankets, lick up other people’s spit, and other acts in order to show  that they were truly sorry for their sins. Luther became a monk as an act of penance, to show God how sorrowful he was. The Romish Church taught that confession of the sin before a priest had the power to forgive sins (make one right with God). The Roman Church taught that this power was given to the Church by Christ. As you can imagine, this elevated the Church to have significant influence over people’s lives. The Pope could offer a penance for traveling to a certain town, for example.   Luther uncovered that through Christ Alone we have access to the One with Infinite Power through Faith (Trust) in Christ Alone.

      “In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.” -Galatians 5:6 “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law” -Romans 3:28 “Having suffered, he will reflect on his work,he will be satisfied when he understands what he has done. My servant will acquit many, for he carried their sins.” – Isaiah 53:11

    4. Sola Gratia – By Grace Alone: God Saves us completely as a result of His Love and Mercy, apart from anything that we can do. Grace is Unconditional Favour.

      “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him that glorieth, glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth; for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.” – Jeremiah 9:23, 24

      You cannot boast. There is nothing inside of you that can say “Yeah I…”. It is God who initiates the process of Salvation. There is no natural ability for anyone to choose God, that desire that impetus is given to all people by God. This Prevenient Grace is given by God to anyone before any choice is made. God’s grace alone does that and nothing that humans can do or have done can do that.

      “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”  –Titus 3:5-7 NIV

    5. Soli Deo Gloria-To God Alone be the Glory: This sola really stumped me and was something I had to travel to Germany in order to get this question answered. Turns out that this was not really a big deal in the Protest. This phrase was used by artists like Handel and Bach to signify that the work was made for the praise and glory of God alone. God, who is the creator and giver of all that we have is the one who gets all of the credit. It made its way as the fifth point in the summation. In one way it could be seen that people were glorifying man in their ability to achieve their own salvation. Glory was being given to the Roman Church, which used the sale of Indulgences to build St. Peter’s Basilica.

These phrases were used to describe the ideas of the Reformation. They developed over time and do intersect and overlap one another. This article was difficult to write because I could write an entire article for every one of the Solas.  To summarize, the very point of the Protestant Reformation is that we are Made right in God’s sight by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, apart from Works, on the account of Christ Alone; according to the Holy Scriptures alone, All to the Glory and the Honor of God Alone!

Me at the very spot where Luther nailed his 95 Protests against the sale of Indulgences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Growing Up: Restart

Welcome back to Eyes of Reason! This blog has been dormant since 2012, and is now restarted starting today. Many things have happened since 2012, we have Uber, Bitcoin, a new President, intersectionality; but more importantly today, its a new year in my life. I would like to share with you a self-reflection of how I have evolved in my thinking about Christianity in the early 21st century.

The main difference as I think about it is less of an emphasis on esoteric questions and more of an interest in the practical procedure in a person coming to have Faith in Christ. During University, most if not 90% of the people I knew were saved, now, that isn’t so much the case.

It’s easy to travel the world and preach Christ; much harder to live out near home.

A Faith that doesn’t cause your heart to yearn for the lost, isn’t much of a Faith.

Lots of things have changed in the last six years, but one thing has not changed: Christ is still on the throne, doing everything He can to save each of us. It is my prayer that this blog and the writers on it may play a part in helping someone know Jesus for themselves.

Blessings.

We Believe our God is Jesus

We Believe our God is Jesus

We Believe that He is Lord

We Believe that He has saved us from Sin and Death Once and For All

These three lines is the basic narrative of Christianity. It took thousands of years to realize and it takes a lifetime to put into practice. The following is not a detailed explanation of the nature of Jesus Christ…that will come later; this is a simple look into why if you miss the fact that God is Jesus (or a better way to put it, that Jesus is God) then you miss out on why Jesus (and only Jesus) is important.

Jesus, only Jesus

Who has the Name above all names? Who is Holy, King Almighty? Who is the one that Angels all adore? Jesus, Only Jesus. (Philippians 2:8-11, Mark 1:24, Revelation 5:6 Hebrews 1:6)

Who is the one that every human shall acknowledge? Its Jesus. (Philippians 2:8-11)

From the above we can easily see that Jesus is indeed a special person, and He is a unique person.

The main reason Jesus comes into the picture is because He is the only one that can take away sin. The blood of Lambs, goats and doves could not do what Jesus’ sacrifice did. This makes Jesus integrally important because without His blood, sin could never be removed from the one who committed it. This means that without Jesus, and only Jesus we would all be lost. (1 John 3:5, Hebrews 10:4)

The Bible (Which, FYI, you should have access to when you are reading my articles!) describes Him as the Holy Lamb that was killed. Because of that sacrifice He has achieved blessing and honor, glory and power and is described as the only wise king.

There are some people out there that want to claim Jesus but reject what the Bible says about Him.

Worthy is the Lamb

Notice that the text doesn't say that no was willing, but no was was worthyRevelation 5 is perhaps one of the most graphic images the Bible paints about the worth of Christ. The book of Revelation tells us more about Heaven than any other place in Scripture. It describes an immense scene…millions upon millions of galactic beings and every intelligent mammal on Earth are intensely curious about who is able to unlock the book/scroll. The throne is surrounded by a sea of glass, everywhere there is worship, singing and praise. God himself was there sitting on the throne. John saw the throne-room of the most powerful being in the universe. In verse 1 a scroll was in the hand of God. Scrolls were made of papyrus Scrolls could be up to 30ft long. For official documents, wax was dropped along the seams which was the way the paper was sealed and protected. The scene is so intense for the search and it becomes obvious that no one can open it. Whatever is inside of the book is of obvious importance, and the fruitless efforts by the authorities of heaven to look inside of it causes much sadness in heaven, and causes John to cry. Notice that the text doesn’t say that no one was willing, but no one was worthy. The Fact that no one was worthy enough to open the scroll made John cry.

But John is told that everything is going to be alright…there is someone who was found to unlock the book!!! (Revelation 5:5)

6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.

There is much to take in here. Lets break it down together.

First of all John must have been confused. He is told that the Lion of the tribe of Judah was the one who is able to unlock the seals. But he did not see a roaring lion, or a ferocious beast with claws and teeth. He did not see a lion who would rip the seals with his great claws, but he saw a harmless and innocent lamb. As if that was not shocking enough, the lamb was ALSO WOUNDED. This lamb does what is no one is able to do. The main question here we really need to ask is: “Who is the lion, that is a lamb?”

  1. John says that the Lamb was standing. It doesn’t take a genius to know that a lamb that has been slaughtered can’t stand. There is only one way a slain lamb can stand…unless he has been raised from the dead. (Jesus was Resurrected and that Jesus has the power to take up His life again)
  2. The lamb had been slain. How did John know that had been slain if it had been standing? He can only know if his death wounds were still visible. (Jesus has wounds in his hands and feet and side, He had a brand new body but his old wounds were still there)
  3. John said that he saw the lamb standing in the center of the throne. He did not say that the lamb stood in front of the throne, or next, or behind but in the center. Remember that God the Father is sitting on the throne, the throne is not empty, when the question is asked, “Who is worthy to open the scroll?” No one moves a muscle. But a lamb comes from the same place that God is sitting. They both are on the same throne. What this tells us that the lamb that has been slain is equal to God the father
  4. John says the Lamb has seven horns and eyes. Combine this from what you know from prophecy. After all, John is writing with prophetic symbols in mind. The horn is a symbol for power (Daniel 8:22) .Seven is God’s perfect number. Thus Seven Horns indicates Perfect Power (or all powerful omnipotence). Likewise, Seven eyes points to perfect Knowledge and Wisdom (or all knowing omniscience), the symbols of God’s presence is His Spirit which means that He is ever-present throughout the earth (omnipresent). These described qualities are none other than the attributes of than God Himself.

Jesus’ Dual Natures

Jesus is very interesting to say the least. Look at this Lion/Lamb combination:

Lion Lamb
Belongs in a cage. Belongs in a petting zoo.
Is a great hunter Is hunted.
King of the Universe Servant of All
Mighty, Glorious Meekest of the Meek, non-pompous
Victorious in battle Sacrifices Himself

No wonder His praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity (the paradoxes are numerous . Look at the Song they sing about the Lamb.

9 And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”

Christ's Redemptive Work on the Cross was God's most powerful MomenetWhat is it that makes the lamb so worthy? It is His death and Resurrection that makes him worthy (Revelation 5:8-14) Every creature in heaven worships the Lamb. It is His death (Revelation 5:9) that makes Him worthy. In verse 12 the focus of their worship is on the fact that the lamb was slain. His is worthy due to His victory of the cross. The Cross is at the center of it all in heaven. It is Christ who is able to take the scroll, whom they are shouting about, whom they are singing about, it is him who is worthy.

God’s strength is appears as weakness through the cross. Was there every any greatest display of apparent weakness on God’s part than what the cross looked like? This bloodied, naked, dying being was performing an act that was greater than the creation of the world and ending it. Christ’s redemptive work on the cross was God’s most powerful moment. Notice that is the subject of the Angel’s adoration. Its quite amazing to think that the “mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam” would be the place where the King of Glory would perform such an act. Through that one action the devil was shamed, humans were reconciled. Christ and Him Crucified is the Glory of All of Heaven (Revelation 5:9,10)

“HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.” – Revelation 5:8

It is not enough to say that Jesus is simply a good person. Or that He was a prophet. it is not even enough to say that Jesus was God’s first work. Revelation 5 alone must motivate you to say “I believe that Jesus is God”. The entire Bible is testifying about Jesus. The Angels and Elders and Living Creatures in Heaven are all talking about Him. He is the center of attention, and what He did at the Cross for sinners is the prime subject.

The song by Chris Tomlin has the line “We Believe our God is Jesus” Which is a great song, but incomplete. God is interconnected with the Father, Spirit and Son: They are One. This article does not touch the trinity, but Revelation 5 has revealed to us one part of that puzzle, that Jesus is God.

What do you think about Jesus Christ in Revelation 5, Is He that Worthy? Comment Below!