We studied Revelation last night and I forgot to make a point about a small statement that we might easily overlook (which is ironic since, ya know, I overlooked it last night!).
And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
The verse itself seems like nothing but actually it gives us one more reason why God is so special.
First of all, this is just one little part of a larger segment of Revelation. The setting is the throne room of God and all of His faithful creation is singing praises to Him. The thing that jumps out at me is the way John describes God. He calls Him the One who “lives for ever and ever.”
That’s not a phrase we’re unfamiliar with, but have you ever considered what it means?
Not that the angels were praising God. They were created, in part, to praise the Lord. But think about that: Angels are created, which means they had a beginning. That being said, angels do not grow old and die. They are live on and on by the design of God, which means they have no ending. They are eternal in the same way our souls are eternal; they have a beginning but no ending.
Just being eternal doesn’t make one God. God is eternal in a much more amazing way: God has no ending and no beginning.
He has ever been and forever shall be.
Praise be to Him that is forever (no end) and ever (no beginning)!