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The Face of God (8 of 12)
Series: A Closer Look at Heaven
Revelation 22:1-7 (vs. 4)
1. Last week's message was entitled, "And They Sung a New Song." Tonight I want to discuss (vs.4), "And they shall see His face."
2. When we think of seeing the face of God, we are all reminded of passages in the Bible like,
a. "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24).
b. Then, we have Moses' request to see the face of God and God's response, "And He said, Thou canst not see My face: for there shall no man see Me, and live" (Exodus 33:20).
3. In Bible times there is no recorded event where a man was able to look into the face of God...with the exception of Adam and Eve.
a. This is our clue--Adam and Eve were WITHOUT SIN. Until they sinned, both had direct contact, personal fellowship and the freedom to see and talk with the Lord face to face.
b. Once sin entered, man was shut off from the presence of God. No longer could He see God face to face:
1) However, in this passage, we find the saints in heaven standing in the very presence of God, looking at Him face to face.
2) Allow me to give you a few brief thoughts this evening, as we consider our message, "The Face of God."
I. THE CURSE WILL HAVE BEEN REMOVED
1. (Vs.3), "And there shall be no more curse..."
2. God cursed three things when Adam sinned.
a. He cursed the serpent (Satan) for causing sin. Satan will have been removed.
b. God cursed Adam and Eve because of their sin. Their sin will have been removed.
c. He cursed the ground for Adam's sake--thorns and thistles would be his lot until he returned to the earth from whence he came.
1) Beginning with chapter 21, of Revelation, we have a new heaven and a new earth--the curse on earth will have been removed.
A. The sin that has separated us from the physical presence of God has been removed.
1. Sin always separate ...
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