In Revelation 3:12, we read of the blessedness of the overcomers who become heavenly worshipers of God: "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name." Being made a pillar in the temple of God and being able to dwell in the temple of God forever and ever is the pinnacle of blessedness, and there are really no words to describe this most blessed state.
In Revelation 5:9-14, we get an image of the magnificence of this heavenly worship. In those passages we read the following:
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12 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. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. 14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
These verses bring my mind back to what Jesus said in John 17:22-24: "22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world." Becoming one as a corporate body of believers, manifesting the love of God through the perfection of unity, being with Jesus where He is, beholding His glory, and participating in the heavenly worship is the climax of life. There is nothing beyond this. This is the pinnacle. And no words can describe the blessedness of such an existence.
Let's be meditating on these things. Let our hearts gush out for the longing we have to see these things accomplished!
Let's desire to be worshipers of God. Jesus told us that God is seeking worshipers of Him (John 4:23-24). Those overcomers in Revelation 3:12 will participate in the heavenly worship forever and ever. If anyone desires this kind of life, my advice is simple: Let's not wait. Let's start now. Just as those overcomers "go no more out" of the temple of God in heaven, we have an example of a woman in the New Testament who emulated the blessedness of these overcomers right here on earth. In Luke 2:36-37, we read the following:
36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
Of course, we don't have a physical temple that we can go to to worship God. Rather, we have something infinitely better. We have His Holy Spirit residing with us right in our hearts. The Apostle Paul reminds the Corinthians of this very thing when he says, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16). Again, he says, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" (1 Corinthians 6:19). In his second letter to the Corinthians, he again reminds them, saying, "And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people" (2 Corinthians 6:16). Finally, in his letter to the Ephesians, he once again describes this blessedness of the body of Christ as follows: "20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit." (Ephesians 2:20-22). The word translated "temple" in these verses literally means "sanctuary." It is the inner most holy place of God. It is the very place where God dwells. This is the glory that God has prepared for us who believe in Jesus and desire this deep fellowship with Him. Hallelujah! Let us be aiming for this blessedness of the overcomer.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)
My heart's prayer for every believer of Jesus Christ that that he or she may become a true worshiper of God. Let us fulfill those most blessed words of Jesus in John 17:22-24: "22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world." Hallelujah, people! This is it! This is the glory that awaits for us! Praise be to Jehovah forever and ever! Oh worship Him! Let everything that has breath worship Him!