Christ in All the Scriptures
by A.M. Hodgkin
VIII. Christ in Future Glory
Revelation -- Christ the Lamb of God
The majestic presence of the eternal Son of God fills the last book of the Bible with the glimpse it gives us of His glory throughout the eternal future, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and for ever; one with the Father and with the Holy Spirit. [Heb 13:8]
''Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.'' [Rev 4:8; Isa 6:3]
''The Lamb is all the glory in Immanuel's Land.'' [hymn: ''The Sands of Time are Sinking...'']

Rev 13:8 takes us back to the earliest ages:
     ''The Lamb slain (in the purpose of God) from the foundation of the world.''

Rev 5:6 - John's vision of the future shows us till all eternity ''a Lamb as it had been slain.''

Between these two records, lies the progressive teaching of the whole Bible with regard to the Lamb of God.
God's eternal purpose for our salvation is seen behind all these Scriptures.
''It is this book [Revelation] which contains the title of 'Lamb' no less than twenty-six times, emphasizing thereby the increasing value of the sacrificial nature of Christ in the last dark times.'' [Rev. Charles Fox in The Spiritual Grasp of the Epistles]

Paradise LostParadise Regained
Creation of heaven and earth.A new heaven and a new earth.
The curse enters--
Sin, Sorrow, Suffering, Death.
No more curse--
No more Sin, Sorrow, Suffering, Death.
Tree of Life guarded.Tree of Life restored.
Four rivers watering the garden.A pure river of water of life.
The last chapter contains Christ's thrice uttered word, His last recorded word to His Church...
''Behold, I come quickly.''
''Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.''

For a verse by verse study of ''the Revelation'', see the Book Notes on Revelation.

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