And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. – Revelation 5:9
What specifically are “they” marveling over? That He spoke the worlds into existence? Well, that’s worth marveling over but it’s not what the text says. No, it’s because the Lamb was slain and with His blood did purchase for himself men and women from every people, tribe, tongue, and nation. Do you know what that is? That’s the church! This is fascination over the great wisdom of God, the power of God, and the beauty of God in purchasing His people, the church.
You see, the church is the center and the purpose of all history. Secular historians miss it completely. Secular historians view history as centered around presidents and kings and countries and empires and wars and conquests and peace treaties. No! The Bible shows us that history’s center and history’s purpose is about a group. It is a group that seems insignificant to the world and sometimes a problem to the world. It is the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Unknown to the world, but well-pleasing to God as their conversions, their sanctification, their unification, and their ultimate glorification on the earth is the reason and the purpose for all the other events that ever happen on the earth. Do you get that? Everything that has happened or ever will happen on the earth is to the end of God building His church. Everything else is just a sideshow. The church is the center of what God is doing.
Two of the most distinguished historians of all time, Germany’s Oswald Spengler and England’s Arnold Toynbee, both concluded that the overall pattern of history is this endless cycle of birth, growth, decay, and death. Just think about it, kings and kingdoms all experience birth, growth, decay and death. But, unseen by the eye of sinful man is the diamond of history. You see, diamonds are produced when pressure, heat, and time transform carbon into a precious gem. All the kings, all the kingdoms, all the empires, all the treaties, all the motions of man throughout history are but the carbon to the end of producing God’s diamond, the church. In her, His manifold wisdom and glory shine forth. Somehow, some way, everything in history is to the end of God’s church to show His glory.