(10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
The souls of the martyred saints cry out for God’s judgment to fall against those who opposed, abused, and murdered them. In this cry for justice, they describe the Lord as being “holy and true”. What a wonderful description of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the title “holy” we can see that our Lord is entirely separated from sin.
In the title “true” we can see that our Lord will keep His promises to us, what He says is always true and will come to pass.
These two descriptions go hand-in-hand. Because He is separated from sin, He cannot lie. Because He cannot lie, He must be faithful to the promises that He gives to us. The martyrs are relying upon their Lord being holy and true to remain faithful to His promises to punish those who have abused and murdered them.
Folks, the principle that the Lord keeps His promises extends far beyond His promises of judging those who oppose His people. He is faithful to every promise He makes to us. What a blessing it is to know His promises will be kept 100% of the time. There is no doubt He will be faithful to His Word to us. Even if we doubt His faithfulness, He will keep His Word, He cannot deny Himself…
“If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” 2 Tim 2:13.
We can rest assured that He will keep all of His promises that He gives to His redeemed. There are many, many, promises He gives to His people. Some of these include promises to forgive all of our sins, grant us fellowship and communion with Him, meet our every need, accompany us through all the events in this life, send us the indwelling Holy Spirit to comfort and teach us His Word, enable us to serve Him, etc etc. But the greatest of all His promises to His people is the promise of the hope of eternal life….
Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; Tit 1:1-3
May we all be eternally thankful for His faithfulness to His promises He has do graciously given to us… especially the promise of eternal life. Let this appreciation motivate us to serve Him in greater ways as we wait for our homecoming and entrance into the eternity with Him.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:
Seals 1-4: http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ
Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6: http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc