“Flowing from His Heavenly Throne. . .”

“In the year that King Uzziah died I then saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphs; each one had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of Hosts; the whole earth full of His glory.” Isaiah 6:1-3

“This vision — in which God revealed His glory, majesty, holiness and grace — changed Isaiah’s entire life and ministry. The prophet was taken up into heaven, where everything conveys a sense of God’s transcendence. Heaven is the place where God is most highly exalted. There His robe fills the temple, and there He is surrounded by seraphim — literally “the burning ones” — who, despite their own glory, modestly avert their grace and cover their feet so as to shield themselves from the greater glory of God. These angels offer a crescendo of praise, worshiping God in the beauty of His holiness. Their voices thunder, shaking the doorposts of the heavenly temple. To add to the sense of transcendence, the whole place is filled with smoke, shrouding glory with mystery.
What is perhaps most significant is what God is doing. God is seated on His kingly throne, reigning from the place of supreme royal authority over heaven and earth. As a further demonstration of His divine authority, the throne itself is exalted — it is high and lifted up. What Isaiah saw, therefore, was a vision of God’s sovereignty. The God enthroned in heaven is the God who rules. From His throne He issues His royal decrees, including His sovereign decree of election, and also executes His plan of salvation, drawing sinners to Himself by His efficacious, persevering grace. It is not without reason that God’s throne is styled “the throne of grace” (Heb. 4:16), for all the grace defined by the doctrines of grace flows from His heavenly throne.”

__”What is a True Calvinist” [Philip Graham Ryken]


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