The Lamb was Slain to Receive What Now?

The Gospel is not all about me. Christ was not thinking of me while on the cross. I don’t know if He would have died for me if I were the only person on earth and no one else knows that either. God did not give the Son because of His love for dear old me.

People want to put themselves at the center of the universe and we’d love a Gospel that bucked up our humanity by placing it front and center. But I’d like to show you a passage from Revelation talking about a band of angels speaking about Christ, the Lamb that was slain. Here’s what they say:

“Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”

The Lamb was slain for a reason and with results. According to the angels, the Lamb was slain to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing.

Note they never mention awesome me. They didn’t even mention people in general.

In fact, according to these unfallen angels, Christ seems pretty self-centered with this whole thing. I thought His death was primarily for me, but it sure sounds like He did it for Himself! What an arrogant jerk of a messiah we have here!

Oh, that our Gospel were as big as God’s.

15 thoughts on “The Lamb was Slain to Receive What Now?”

  1. Well it would be arrogant if we looked at it through Satan’s eyes!

    The reality is that before man was even created there was a battle in heaven over the position of Christ, which also implied a question about the character and government of the Father Himself. We know this to be the case because the tree of temptation was planted in the garden when man was created, so the actual rebellion must have taken place before that time.

    We get a strong clue about what the issues were about in Satan’s words to Eve in the garden, wherein he implied that God was selfish and restrictive. And if that were so, then the close relationship of the Son would especially show favoritism.

    How often is this character of unjust favoritism actually shown in today’s world, where it is “not what you know, but who you know” that gets you a promotion in the business world.

    But in God’s case, it was a false charge. This false charge was proven false in the willingness of the Father and the Son to give of themselves in the redemption of mankind. The “slaying of the Lamb” proved the unselfish character of God, and of His Son, and so defeated the arguments of Satan.

    There is, as you noted, much more at stake than “little old me”. But man’s desperate need provides the vehicle for the demonstration.

  2. Sorry Jeff, but I have to disagree with you this time.

    The Lamb was not slain IN ORDER TO RECEIVE power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. The angles were declaring that BECAUSE he was slain, HE IS WORTHY to receive them.

    I agree whole-heartedly with your thoughts on the ME-centred gospel though.

  3. I agree with Andrew.

    Furthermore, I’m sure there were uncountable ways, in God’s inscrutable wisdom, he could have glorified himself, but he chose to do so by redeeming us. And he redeems us both collectively and individually.

  4. The Son of God has always been and always will be powerful, rich, wise, strong, honorable, full of Glory and blessings. His sacrifice on the cross allowed man to be set free from the power of sin, to finally behold God’s glory. He didn’t die to only receive glory Himself, He died to glorify His Father, who in return glorified the Son, it was a glorifying conspiracy, and we are the benefactors!

  5. Indeed, Christ’s death was for the salvation of the world, but it is also important to see what else it was for. My concern is to make sure people have a broader view, this was not an attempt to eliminate the benefits we receive, but rather to over-emphasize the majesty of what He did.

  6. Andrew and Josh,
    I hear what you’re saying. But I will maintain that you are making my point! The reason Christ was to receive these things, be worthy for them, is indeed because He was slain, in other words, He got benefit out of it besides saving me! Let me quote Philippians to illustrate:

    “he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
    Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,”

    It was because of His humble obedient death that His name is exalted and He is worthy of praise. Or Ephesians 1, because of His death and resurrection He is now seated “Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named.”

    My running point is that Christ benefits from the Gospel, the Gospel is indeed the thing that elevates Christ. As you point out, He had this glory before, but He was also seen as slain before the foundation of the world, so I still maintain that it is the Gospel that elevates Him and makes Him worthy to receive glory, honor, riches, etc.

    It aint about us!

  7. Hey Jeff,
    I find it rather strange that you have adopted a theology that says “it’s about my free-will” and then write posts about the gospel “not being not about us.” I’m not judging you, just wondering how you make the leap, from one mind set to the other? Or perhaps you don’t see this being a problem, anyway just wondering, not confronting.

  8. I don’t see it being a problem at all. God commands all men every where to repent so I think a man can do that because GOd said so. My salvation is purely dependent on the provision of Christ, which is why I trust Him. It’s not about me or my power, its about him and his power. In my weakness I call out for his strength.

  9. So a man can repent apart from God giving him the faith to do so? So gospel is about us then, and our “decision.” We are the decider, and God is a helpless bystander, hoping that some will (might) believe? I know I’m not very smart, but that sure sounds as if the gospel is about me.

    “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”

    Now this verse sounds to me like the gospel is all about God, and His grace.

  10. The fact that a person can repent does not make the Gospel all about them. If salvation is simply up to God to zap people with faith, then God is the bad guy and a liar since He lays whether we’re saved at our feet.

    Nowhere does scripture say faith comes before repentance. Any time both words faith/belief are used along with repent, repent always comes first. It’s another example of how Calvinism uses humanly devised “logical” theories to trump Scripture, one of the main reasons I will not be a Calvinist.

  11. Well you count your salvation to your ability to trust in God while still dead in your sins. (even though God’s word tells us that none seek after Him)

    I count my salvation to God’s grace due to no merit of my own.

    “and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.”- Exodus 33: 19

    have a nice night :-)

  12. Thanks, I will have a nice night.

    “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us.”
    Acts 17:26,27

  13. I agree with Scripture, God in no way prevents anyone from coming to Him, He implores all men should seek Him, but what does prevent people from coming is sin.

  14. Paul anticipates our reaction to his claim that God chooses who is saved, in the book Romans. How can man remain accountable if God is completely sovereign in all things, even a man’s salvation. But our will is not the final word, but rather it is God’s will, even in the matter of salvation.

    “So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.”

    God makes known to us what He decides, and it is ours, but some of His ways remain a mystery to us because they are His alone. It’s dangerous ground to call God a bad guy and a liar, if we do not understand all of His ways. I pray that you would repent from those words brother for your own sake.

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