Look upon the Lord in glory

Series 12

Episode 4

Prologue

Brothers and sisters, today’s topic of Treasures for the Soul is “Look upon the Lord in glory.” In the Book of Acts chapter 7, Stephen gazed into heaven and saw the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God. When the Lord appeared to Paul, He was brighter than the sun. Revelation says the Lamb is the light of the city. Hebrews chapter 12 says we have come to the heavenly Jerusalem. These passages help us, in a more concrete way, to behold the Lord: He is in glory, at the right hand of the Father; His light shines through New Jerusalem; at the same time, He lives in our heart, closest to us. Similarly, when we behold the Father according to Revelation chapter 4, we see the Father’s glory and brilliance. This is also following the Lord’s teaching, that we pray to our Father in heaven. It’s so precious that we all direct ourselves to Abba and the Lord as our focus when we behold and worship.

Message

The book of Acts 7:54-55 read, “Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven…”
We ought to be full of the Holy Spirit at all times. The Holy Spirit will fill us more and more during times of challenges. As our strength, so shall our days be. (Ref. Deuteronomy 33:25)
I believe that Stephen often gazed into heaven in his daily life. Of course, he was not simply lifting up his eyes, but he was using his spiritual eyes. We look up to the sky not because we hope to get something from the sky. Rather, it’s normal that our body gesture shows what we are looking at. Stephen often saw the Lord at the right hand of God in glory. It’s very precious that he was full of the Holy Spirit during times of need. The Holy Spirit wants us to see the Father and the Lord. He wants us to gaze into heaven. Our spiritual eyes should see the Lord throughout the day.
On the night before His crucifixion the Lord said, “Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me.” (John 14:19) This refers to the time when the disciples saw the Lord after His resurrection. But these words also explain how we see Him now. I see the Lord many times throughout the day. I also see Abba. In Song of Solomon, when the believer gazes on the Lord with faith, His heart is captivated and overwhelmed.
Acts 7:55 reads “But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.” Before this, Stephen saw the Lord with his spiritual eyes. But this time, it’s so precious that God let him see the Lord very clearly.
Acts 7:56 reads “And he said, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’”
Stephen gazed into heaven in his normal days. But when he was in great need, God let him see the heavens opened. “Jesus standing at the right hand of God”: I can’t describe how precious this is. It is very glorious!
The Lord ascended to heaven in victory. It’s impossible to imagine how wonderful the welcome from the angels must have been. It’s precious that the Lord is God and Man at the same time. No man is as glorious as the Lord, who ascended to heaven in victory! He is our representative, our priest and our pioneer. We will also follow Him to heaven one day, and Abba will lead many sons to glory!
I shared in the past about beholding the Lord. I think you can try to behold in a more concrete way. When you behold, you don’t have to imagine the Lord’s physical appearance. There is no such description in the Bible. The Lord’s glory is far beyond words. When the Lord appeared to Paul, He was brighter than the sun! In New Jerusalem, the Lamb is the light shining through the city! When you behold the Lord, you don’t have to meditate on each attribute of the Lord. Instead, simply face the Lord Himself. He is at the right hand of God. At the same time, you realize that His light shines through New Jerusalem. Therefore, teachings about “praying toward your heart” are wrong! Stephen gazed into heaven. The Lord taught us to pray to our Father in heaven; He has brought us to the Father in heaven. Hebrews also makes it clear that we have come to the heavenly Jerusalem. When we pray, we have come to the heavenly Jerusalem. Our spirit has fellowship with the Father and the Lord in New Jerusalem. How could New Jerusalem possibly be in our hearts? The Book of Hebrews says it very clearly that we have come to New Jerusalem, where innumerable angels and the spirits of the righteous gather. New Jerusalem is there! And God’s throne is there! It’s very definitive and clear, it’s not vague at all. These are all according to the Bible.
This is how I see the Lord, with some variation at times. The most precious is to see the Lord at the right hand of the Father. You don’t have to think too hard about what it means by Him being at the right hand of the Father. We also shouldn’t try to imagine His physical appearance. Just know that He is there. For example, let’s say your father is abroad, you have never met him in person , and you don’t have any pictures of him . But you have his phone number and you can call him anytime. You don’t have to even imagine what he looks like; you just know that he is there. Likewise, the Lord is at the right hand of the Father. He is light. According to the Bible, the Lamb is the light of the city. Paul also said that He is brighter than the sun. Of course, the Lord is also everywhere, and He is in your heart. He is not far from us. On the contrary, He is so close to us, even closer than Him being with the disciples when He was on earth. The Lord said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18) Indeed He has come into our hearts! Our heart is His paradise, and the place of His love desire.
Revelation chapter 4 tells us about the Father: “And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian,” (Revelation 4:3) Again, we don’t need to imagine what the Father looks like. Jasper and carnelian are very glorious and beautiful. Know that He sits on the throne.
The Lord has specifically brought us to the Father in heaven. The Lord taught us to pray to “Our Father in heaven.” Therefore, all of us have the same focus, Yet, but at the same time, we also enjoy His personal love towards each one of us. He is bound to us personally, heart to heart, and deeply united. Our hearts are also connected through Him, and we share the same center, which is Abba and the Lord.

Series 12

Apart from the Lord we can do nothing

Message Date: 2020-03-06

In the last supper, the Lord told us the blessedness and glory that His salvation would bring forth: the coming of the new covenant, and the fulfillment of God’s love dream. The Lord described what it would be like to live with Him, like the vine and its branches: we are to abide in Him always, because apart from Him, we can do nothing. We must live by faith in the Son of God. Therefore, we must know how to behold the Lord who is in glory, and how to exercise faith to rely on Him. Whenever we lose peace, we must quickly ask the Lord to save us. Moreover, we need to know that in order to keep the Lord’s commandments, we must first believe. Thus, we can live heart to heart with the Lord throughout the day.
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The Lord’s Words at the Last Supper

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Apart from the Lord, we can do nothing.

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What is true faith?

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Look upon the Lord in glory

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Trust and Peace (1)

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Trust and Peace (2)

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Faith is the first commandment to keep.

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Introduction

01 Introduction of Treasures for the Soul

Series 1: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord

1.1 The Most Blessed Generation
1.2 Message from John the Baptist
1.3 Abide in the Lord Always
1.4 Abide in the Lord’s Love at All Times
1.5 The Lord Speaks to Us and Helps Us in Our Hearts

Series 2: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout this Year

2.1 God’s Greatest Work Starts in Our Hearts
2.2 To Be Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout the Year
2.3 Our Spirits can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him
2.4 The Importance of Peace
2.5 Our Spirits Need the Words of God
2.6 Give the Lord Time and Space to Speak in Our Hearts

Series 3: Let Our Hearts be Influenced

3.1 The World Needs People Who Deeply Experience God
3.2 Just as His Anointing 
Has Taught You, 
Abide in the Lord
3.3 Be Influenced 
by the Lord Throughout 
this Year

Series 4: The Importance of Peace

4.1 Enjoying God’s Peace in Your heart
4.2 Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled, Neither Let Them be Afraid.
4.3 How Should Our Spirit Respond to the Lord?

Series 5: Our Spirit Being Able to Enjoy the Lord

5.1 Our Spirit is Satisfied Only When We Worship God and Deeply Experience Him
5.2 How to Worship God with Our Spirit
5.3 Looking at the Lord with our Inner Eyes
5.4 Our Spirit Needs to Enjoy the Lord Himself
5.5 The Song of Solomon Often Mentions About “Eyes”
5.6 Realize Being Heart to Heart with the Lord in Singing and Worship

Series 6: Live out the Life of being Heart to Heart with the Lord

6.1 Living a life of union with the Lord in a stable pattern every day
6.2 Enjoying the Lord and not being disturbed
6.3 The Importance of Seeing Him with Our Spiritual Eyes

Series 7

7.1 Learn to Protect Our Spirits From Virus Prevention
7.2 Our Spirit Can Hear, Think, and See
7.3 How to Live a Life of Faith
7.4 The Importance of the Mind
7.5 David’s Eyes Beheld the Lord Always

Series 8: During the last supper, the Lord spoke about the essence of the blessings of the new covenant.

8.1 The Lord established with us the eternal love covenant by His blood
8.2 The Lord Treasures the New Covenant and Break-Bread Meeting the Most
8.3 Love Encounters
8.4 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the fourth blessing
8.5 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (1)
8.6 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (2)

Series 16: We Have Come to Mount Zion and the Heavenly Jerusalem

16.1 See that the Lord is at the right hand of the Father
16.2 Coming to Mount Zion (1): the meaning of Mount Sinai
16.3 Coming to Mount Zion (2): the difficulty in forgiveness of sins
16.4 Coming to Mount Zion (3): to Live in Grace
16.5 Having Come to the Heavenly Jerusalem
16.6 What is in the heavenly Jerusalem (1)?

Series 9: Being Heart to Heart with the Father

9.1 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 1)
9.2 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 2)

Series 10

10.1 The Love Desire in the Depths of Abba and the Lord’s hearts
10.2 Fruit of the Lord’s Crucifixion: Eternal Life
10.3 The Lord Came to Manifest the Father’s Name
10.4 The Father Sent His Only Begotten Son
10.5 Reminders on enjoying heart to heart with the Father
10.6 The Father’s Desire for Me is Forever Steadfast

Series 11

11.1 The preciousness of the Letter to Philemon
11.2 The most profitable; the most accepted.
11.3 Charge That to My Account
11.4 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (1)
11.5 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (2)
11.6 We are the Lord’s darling love

Series 12

12.1 The Lord’s Words at the Last Supper
12.2 Apart from the Lord, we can do nothing.
12.3 What is true faith?
12.4 Look upon the Lord in glory
11.5 Trust and Peace (1)
12.6 Trust and Peace (2)

Series 13: The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility

13.3 The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility (Part 2)

Series 14: Manifold evidence

14.1 How does the infinite Lord see us?
14.2 We are the ultimate and final love of the Lord
14.3 The Lord is forever a Man; He once died for us
14.4 The Lord’s manifold love evidence (Part 1)
14.5 The Lord’s manifold love evidence Part 2

Series 15: Understand How Our Spirit Works And Be Heart To Heart With The Lord Continuously

15.1 We Can Only Enjoy God By Faith
15.2 His Words Abide In Us
15.3 Live With The Lord
15.4 Seek The Things That Are Above
15.5 Understand How Our Spirit Works: Will, Mind And Feelings
15.6 Guard And Uplift Our Mind

Series 17: Know that the Church is the Firstborn

17.1 Know that the church is the firstborn
17.2 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 1)
17.3 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 2)
17.4 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 1)
17.5 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 2)

Series 18: The Blessings to be the First Born

18.1 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 1)
18.2 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 2)
18.3 To be united with the Lord and become the Firstborn
18.4 The Lord is the Firstborn
18.5 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Kingship
18.6 The Blessing of the Firstborn: a Double Portion of the Blessings

Series 19: Coming to Mount Zion to Appear Before God

19.1 The Lord is the way, and the truth, and the life
19.2 Live in Grace. Enjoy the Father and the Lord
19.3 Mind the things that are above (1)
19.4 Mind the things that are above (2)
19.5 Appear before God in Mount Zion

Series 20: The final destination of our spirit and eternity is the heavenly Jerusalem

20.1 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (1)
20.2 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (2)
20.3 The Lord Becomes the Way so that We can Come Before God with Confidence
20.4 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (1)
20.5 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (2)

Series 21: Live Out the Life of the Firstborn: Be A Priest

21.1 The Father made the Lord the High Priest
21.2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn
21.4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)

Series 22: When Believers Die, They Will Go to the Heavenly Jerusalem

22.1 The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (1)
The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (2)
The Spirits of the Righteous Made Perfect

Series 23: New Jerusalem is a real city

God has prepared a heavenly home for us
Is the heavenly new Jerusalem a real city?
New Jerusalem is a real city (1)