What Does Revelation 5:12 Mean?

saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing."

Revelation 5:12(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The seven-fold glories in this verse are sung in resplendent praise and worship to the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the precious Lamb of God. It is in praise of Him that this wonderful chorus of rejoicing and worship will resound throughout the universe, when the enemy of our soul has been routed, and the gracious plans and wise purposes of God, (in establishing Christ in His rightful position on the throne of the universe) will be finally accomplished.

It was John, the beloved apostle of Christ, who heard the voice of many angels and witnessed this astonishing chorus of praise. Myriads of angelic beings, together with the four living creatures and the 24 elders united their voices to sing “worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honour, and glory and blessing.”

This was no ordinary praise gathering, for every created thing, in heaven, on the earth, under the earth, and on the sea and all things in them, were heard to say... "To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honour and glory and dominion forever and ever,” after which the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshipped.

While John saw this heavenly choir in his vision, you and I will be joining in that wonderful chorus of praise, which will overflow in our hearts forever and will re-echo throughout the eternity of eternities. HIS is the power, for He has authority over all dominions in heaven and on earth, for the Lamb of God is worthy of all praise. HIS are the abundant riches in the physical and spiritual realms, and the Lamb of God is deserving of all the honour and praise forever.

This anthem of praise has yet to be sung to the Lamb of God, Who took away the sin of the world through the sacrifice of His own precious blood. At His first advent, the Lord of heaven came to earth as the Son of Man to be our kinsman-Redeemer. He was born to die, so that by faith in Him we can be born-again and live forever. But He must finish what He started, which requires Him to open the scroll, which will set in motion the final scene in God's amazing plan of redemption.

That same Lamb that suffered and died was resurrected from the dead. His sacrifice defeated sin and Satan, death and hell. His sacrifice qualified Him to open the seven-sealed scroll and punish all those who will not believe on the name of the only begotten Son of God. Because of His sacrifice, He became qualified to open the book and release God's wrath on a Christ-rejecting sinful world.

HIS is the gracious wisdom that has been translated into the plans and purposes of the triune God, Who through Christ's offering of Himself on the cross, picked up sinful man, and clothed him in His own garment of righteousness, for it is the Lamb that was slain, Who merits such glory forevermore. HIS is the great strength, for the perfect Lamb, slain on Calvary's cross, has overcome the greatest enemies of humanity - and the last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain--to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing. Yes, HIS is all the honour and He alone must be highly esteemed for the Lamb of God is most worthy of all praise.  Behold - the Lamb of God. Look to HIM.

Behold the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. Behold the Lamb of God Who was slain from the foundation of the world. To Him, we ascribe our greatest praise - for behold - I Am He that was dead, but I Am alive forevermore and I have the keys of death and hell.

My Prayer

We praise You Father God for the amazing grace that You have granted through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb that was slain for me. I am not worthy to pick up the crumbs under Your table yet You have clothed me in Your own righteousness – I praise Your name forevermore, and in the name of Jesus I offer this prayer to You, before Your throne of grace, AMEN.

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