I want to start this article of at God’s Throne for us to understand the wonderful existence of God. Also in this article, I’m going to give you a lot of scripture references, so you can study for yourself as well to see what I’m talking about is true.
Jesus literally sits on God’s throne, literally sitting in God’s presence (Matt.19:28 & Rev.4:10), surrounded first by the 24 elders (which is the representative of the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 apostles) / (Rev. 4:10 & 20:4), by the 4 living beings (or creatures like mention in some versions) / (Rev.4:6-8), by the 7 Spirits of God (Rev.:4/ 3:1/ 4:5 & 5:6), and by a numerous amount of angels (Heb.12:22 & Rev.5:11). Secondly, Jesus sits at the centre of all creation: He is surrounded by the entire creation; the stars, planets, meteors, comets, milky waves and everything He has created (Col.1:17 & Ps.33:6) – all things in the spiritual realm and in the physical realm surrounds Him. By descending, ascending and transcending energy of His Being, all things revolves around Him and all things are kept together by Him (Col.1:17).
The Holy Spirit has a big role He plays, not only in Heaven and at God’s Throne, but also here on earth and in the lives of every believer…
The 7 Spirits of God (Rev.:4/ 3:1/ 4:5 & 5:6) are:
*these 7 characteristics of the Holy Spirit is seen in John 14:26 Amp.V as well as a wide spread of verses in scripture that elaborates on these…
These are the Spirits of God sent out to the world, the churches and God’s children through the Holy Spirit (Rev.1:4). The 7 Spirits of God speaks of the 7 characteristics of the Holy Spirit (like mentioned above). These are the things the Holy Spirit does in, through and for us. Only God has 7 Spirits, and all 7 Spirits is part of One body, represented in the Holy Spirit (Col.2:9).
In all, to understand the being of God, we must understand the function of the Deity. God is the Father – every good thing comes from Him (Jms.1:17). Jesus is the expressed image of God (Jhn.14:9), as God is Spirit and do not have form (Jhn.4:24), Jesus gives form to God. The Holy Spirit is just that, the Spirit of God (2 Cor.3:17). It is through the Holy Spirit that all things were created on the Father’s instruction by Jesus Christ (Jhn.1:1-4). The Deity of God includes the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit, and although 3 entities, they are all ONE (1 Jhn.5:7 & Rev.1:8).
Furthermore, to understand the function of the God-head, I want to explain it like this. God is Spirit (Jhn.4:24) and He remains on the throne (Gen.1:1-3) in the bodily form of Jesus (Jhn.1:14). Now I told you earlier that Jesus is seated on the throne in the presence of God. Even when Jesus stands up from the throne, the Father remains on the throne – meaning that God’s presence never leaves the Throne. Now this happened once; that was when God sent Jesus into this world in bodily form (Jhn.1:14). This will happen once more when Jesus returns the 2nd time (Act.1:10-11). Wherever Jesus goes, the presence of God also goes, but also still remains on the Throne (Ezk.1:4-28). So the question now is; if the presence of God the Father remains on the Throne, how then is it possible for His presence to follow Jesus wherever He goes.
We see this at the beginning of creation when we read in Genesis 1:1-2; “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” The Spirit of God which moved upon the face of the waters indicates that He came out of God, because the Father was still seated on the Throne – He never leaves His Throne, but at the same time, God’s presence also never leaves the Throne. We further understands this through the word ‘Omnipresent’ (Ps.46:1 & Is.57:15). Omnipresent means all over or throughout… God has the ability through His Holy Spirit to be on the Throne and on earth at the same time. Only the Spirit of God has the ability to multiply itself as many times necessary to make God omnipresent. This is the reason that we can sometimes sense the tangible presence of God during prayer times and church services.
This is also what makes the born again Christian so unique (1 Pet.2:9) The born again Christian has the fullness of God living within them through the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit. Colosians 2:9 tells us that the Holy Spirit is the fullness of God. He isn’t given in a measure, but we receive the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit in all His fullness and in all the fullness of God. He is the Allos Parakletos (Jhn.14:26-28), the exact same as Jesus, Who retains the fullness of the God-head – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in bodily form – and as a born again Christian, you have this same fullness of God within you!
Custodians of Glory:
The 4 living beings surrounding the Throne of God (Rev.4:6-8) is the Custodians of His glory. The account given by Ezekiel (Ezk.1:4-28) is evident that the 4 living beings is a part of the wonderful existence of God. Wherever Jesus goes, not only does the Holy Spirit goes, but the custodians of His glory also goes.
Let’s take a quick look at what Ezekiel saw:
“And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. 5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. 6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. 7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. 8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. 9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. 10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. 11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies. 12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went. 13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. 14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.” (Ezekiel 4:14).
Can you imagine anything penetrating the glory and presence of the Lord as what we just read now in Ezekiel? Of course not! Anything that comes near will be destroyed. This account given by Ezekiel is the full force function of the custodians of God’s glory; and Jesus is the glory of God (Heb.1:3). Nothing can come near Him, unless it’s in God Will and His perfect plan.
The New Creation:
The Bible also tells us that we are to be the expressed image of God (Matt.5:14-16). There are 3 things about the image of God to understand what it means to be the expressed image of God. These are:
We see this in Col.3:9-10 Eph.4:24
These 3 characteristics together ushers in the glory of God in our lives; but even God will speak through an unworthy vessel, the glory of God will not shine if the vessel is unworthy. Also, the Bible describes the 4 living beings at God’s throne to have 4 different faces (Rev.4:6-8):
1) Face of a man:
The man-like face represent the earnest prayerfull nature of a saint; making intercession prayers.
2) Face of an ox:
The ox-like face represent that great strength and perseverance.
3) Face of a lion:
The lion-like face represent that of great courage and dominionship; king-like.
4) Face of an eagle:
The eagle-like face represent that of high swore, lifted high above, and freedom, which brings about peace.
Each face represent the characteristics of the creature it looks like. However, the physical appearance doesn’t look like these mention, but when looking into each beings face; you perceive the character of each representative. God wants to develop these characteristics within us too, for here in this world we are the custodians of God’s glory (1 Cor.6:19); and the Holy Spirit represents God through us. God’s desire is to take us to the place of His presence. The Bible tells us in Philippians 2:10 that by the Name of Jesus every knee should bow; all things in Heaven and on earth and under the earth. However, when you in the presence of God, every knee will bow – it has no option. The presence of God is a bright glowing light, so powerful that no being can stand face to face with His presence (Ex.3:20); it will be destroyed.
It is not impossible while here on earth to be in the presence of God, because being in the presence of God is a condition of spiritual consciousness and divine connection. When you reach this place, no matter what comes your way, it will bow down before God with you; and it will be paralyzed to act any further. No wonder David said; ‘Even a thousand comes at his side, and ten thousand at his right hand; none will come near him’ (Ps.91:7).
Be that custodian of God’s glory today, because God has called you to express Him to this world, to show Jesus real to a dying world; and to reveal God’s plan of salvation of souls! Like the Living Beings/Creatures of Revelations Who represent the saints before the Throne, so to are the saints to represent the characteristics of the Living Beings/Creatures before this world, which is the footstool of God (Isaiah 66:1 – ‘Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool).