“Majesty”

Even though many of us have sung the song MAJESTY several times, we probably haven’t explored the depth of its meaning enough.  Some of the dictionary definitions call it, regal, lofty, imposing character, supreme greatness and authority, impressive and revered.  It is often linked in scripture with splendor (1 Chr 16:26-27) (Ps 45:3) (Ps 145:5) (Isa 2:10).  This adds a dimension of, “brilliant and gorgeous appearance, grandeur, brilliant light and magnificence.” The song says, “Kingdom authority flow from His throne unto His own; worship His majesty…”

There are a huge amount of verses in both the Old and New Testaments which proclaim God’s glory, sovereignty and majesty.  Some talk about how He is clothed in majesty (Ps 93:1) (Ps 104:1).  Others tell us that, “He comes in awesome majesty and is beyond our reach and exalted in power…” (Job 37:22-23).

The relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and the sharing of their majesty can be seen clearly in the event of the transfiguration (Mt 17:2) (Mk 9:2).  Peter writes later of the majestic splendor saying, “…we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” (2 Pe 1:16)  He, James and John saw Christ’s face and clothes shine like the sun—white as light.  The Father’s majesty came down to earth from the Majestic Glory as He declared, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” (2 Pe 1:17)

The Father often showed His majesty through the teaching and miracles of Jesus (Jude 25) (Heb 1:1-3) (Heb 8:1).  He showed it also through the thoughts and words given to us through the Holy Spirits’ inspired scriptures (1 Cor 2:9-13).  Amazingly, our God who is so great and powerful had His beloved Son humbly washing dirty feet and allowing Him to be brutally killed on a Roman cross.

God will punish those who do not repent and obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus with everlasting destruction.  They will be shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of His power (2 Th 1:7-9).  However, faithful, obedient Christians will finally know the full extent of God’s majesty when they see His face in heaven. (Rev 22:3-4)  He will be with them forever and free them from death, pain and tears (Rev 21:3-4).

                                                                       –Jim Bailey