Wade E Taylor
“And before the throne there was a sea of glass like
unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and
round about the throne, were four beasts full of
eyes before and behind.” Rev 4:6.
This speaks of the “overcomers” who are in the
midst of, and round about the Throne. These are seen as being
a “sea of glass,” or as being totally transparent
in the presence of the Lord.
There is a “quality” which relates to our becoming
an overcomer. It is “transparency” in our lives.
If we think back over the last months of our lives, can we
say that we are willing to become totally transparent?
The Lord is calling those who earnestly seek Him, into this
place “in the midst of, and round about the Throne.”
“To he who overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in
throne, even as I overcame and am set down with My
Father in His throne.” Rev 3:21.
Some say that the Sermon on the Mount applies to the millennium,
rather than to the church age. This because the requirements
are so strict that no one could live up to them, as the Sermon
on the Mount goes beyond the act to deal with the motive.
But there is a present application that applies. The Sermon
on the Mount sets forth the method by which we become an overcomer.
In the Sermon on the Mount, when someone slaps us on the
face, we are to turn our face to have the other side slapped
also. And, we are not to become angry or retaliate in any
way. This relates to an inner purity within our lives, and
to sacrificial giving in which we have totally died to ourselves.
This means that Jesus has to come forth within us, as the
human is totally incapable of this.
We are not called to just become “polished” on
the outside. But rather, to be so changed within, that we
become the expression of the life of Jesus. If we squeeze
a grape, grape juice results. When we are squeezed, Jesus
should result; not an angry response or a threat.
Those who have unconditionally submitted their lives to the
Lord are being prepared for the Kingdom, and this requires
that they become transparent, that Jesus will be clearly seen.
Thus, the Sermon on the Mount is the basis for our becoming
A persons “goat” cannot be gotten, unless they
have one. If we were teased by other children, when growing
up, and we reacted, others enjoyed the reaction and sought
to produce even more reaction. But if there was no reaction,
they sought out another to tease.
The Lord is taking all this out of us. In order do this,
these things must surface, or be exposed. The Lord has unique
ways to bring these things to the surface and expose them,
so we can become transparent in His presence.
Thus, on the human level of life, we are in “the midst
of, and round about” many pressures and problems, so
our need might surface and dealt with. When rightly responded
to, we will be lifted into the place where as an over-comer,
we will be in “the midst of and round about” the
“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful
you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you
over many things: enter into the joy of your lord.”
Recently, I have been very specifically asking the Lord about
my life in relation to this “sea of glass.” I
have been giving the Lord permission to so work in my life,
that I might become as transparent as this sea of glass. There
are those things within that react, but I see the Lord at
work in order to remove them.
In each of us, reactions will come, but like the baby’s
diapers, we remove the mess and clean up the baby, because
we know that this means the child is healthy and will grow.
We must realize that the Lord is not after the person who
wronged us. Rather, He used that person to expose the need
in us. We will never be able to rule over others, until the
Lord has first been able to rule us.
When I was in the army in 1943, there was a common term that
related to many officers. They were called “ninety day
wonders.” This meant that they had gone through a short
time of training and were made officers, but they had never
been under authority within the army. The enlisted men knew
this and despised them.
The Lord is making us unto our God, “kings and priests,
and we will reign on the earth.” (Rev 5:10). But before
we will ever be able to rule others, we must qualify.
The Sermon on the Mount expresses the rules of qualification
for the Kingdom age, which must be experienced at this present
time, in preparation for the Kingdom age.