Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation

Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation

Relevance of this Book to our Lives

This book focuses on the Crowned Christ of Revelation. It presents The Lord Jesus as the Crowned King of the Universe; it displays the Lord in his full glory for all to behold. Samuel Dickey (S.D.) Gordon has written a series of Quiet Talks, classics each, yet so relevant for today’s Christian believer.

Crowning the Christ is practical whether taken in the personal sense or the world sense. He was crowned in the upper world with wondrous patience and graciousness. The initiative of all action today on the earth is in man’s hands. Someday the initiative of governing action on the earth will be in the hands of the crowned Christ, even while the personal initiative of each man’s life will still be in his own hands.
It’s common to hear people say, “We don’t understand now, but in Heaven we’ll know everything.” Will we know everything in Heaven? One day we’ll see God’s face and truly know him (Revelation 22:4). While in the flesh our vision is shortsighted; after we’re resurrected, we’ll be able to see eternal realities once invisible to us (2 Corinthians 4:18). God sees clearly and comprehensively. In Heaven we’ll see far more clearly, but we’ll never see comprehensively.
In Heaven we’ll be flawless, but not knowing everything isn’t a flaw. It’s part of being finite. Righteous angels don’t know everything, and they long to gain more knowledge (1 Peter 1:12). They’re flawless but finite. We should expect too long for greater knowledge, as angels do, and we’ll spend eternity gaining the greater knowledge we seek.

Will We Learn?

In Ephesians 2:6-7 in states that “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace” implies that we will continue to learn in Heaven.

The word show means “to reveal,” and the phrase in the coming ages indicates this will be a progressive, ongoing revelation, in which we learn more about God’s grace. If someone can continue to learn new things about their wife, children, family, and friends, though you’ve known them for years. If one can continuously learn something new about these finite human beings, they will learn far more about Jesus. As Jesus said to his disciples, “Learn from me” (Matthew 11:29). In Heaven we’ll continually learn new things about God, further broadening our understanding.

Will We Experience Process?

The first humans lived in process, as God ordained them to. Adam knew more a week after he was created than he did on his first day. Nothing is wrong with process and the limitations it implies. Jesus “grew in wisdom and stature” (Luke 2:52). Jesus “learned obedience” (Hebrews 5:8). Growing and learning cannot be bad; the sinless Son of God experienced them. They are part of being human, and unless we cease to be human after our resurrection, we will go on growing and learning.
The sense of wonder among Heaven’s inhabitants shows Heaven is not stagnant but fresh and stimulating, suggesting an ever-deepening appreciation of God’s greatness. We will find in Heaven a continual progression of stimulating discovery and fresh learning as we keep grasping more of God. We can expect an eternity of growing in Christlikeness as we behold God’s face and are “transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
After creating the new heaven, Jesus says, “I am making everything new!” (Revelations 21:15). Notice the verb tense is not “I have made” or “I will make” but “I am making.” This suggests an ongoing process of renovation. Christ is a creator, and his creativity is never ending. He will go right on making new things. Heaven is not the end of innovation; it is a new beginning, an eternal break from the stagnancy and inertia of sin.

S.D. Gordon – Biography

“Prayer wonderfully clears the vision; steadies the nerves; defines duty; stiffens the purpose; sweetens and strengthens the spirit.”

  • In the early 1900s, Samuel Dickey Gordon was a traveled speaker in high demand. Dickey, an inexhaustible author, wrote over 25 devotional books, most with the phrase “Quiet Talks” in the title. He was born on August 12, 1859 in Philadelphia, PA and died in June 1936. He served as assistant secretary of the Philadelphia Young Men’s Christian Association in1884-86 and became state secretary for the YMCA in Ohio, serving from 1886 to 1895.
  • Gordon then took four years to visit the mission fields of the Orient and to tour Europe on speaking missions. His quiet manner, simplicity, illustrative quality and gentle spirit won for him a great following wherever he went. “Quiet Talks on Power” was his first book, published by Fleming H. Revell in 1901.
  • Gordon was then forty-two. His “Quiet Talks on Prayer” followed in 1904, “Quiet Talks on Service” and “Quiet Talks about Jesus”, in 1906. The demand for his books had grown so great that he could produce two in a year and follow thereafter with one series of Quiet Talks each year until 1915, when the first World War disrupted everything. After the war, he resumed his Quiet Talks series. He produced twenty-five books, twenty-two of which belonged to the Quiet Talks series.
  • An incessant and tireless itinerant, Gordon never lacked for opportunities to preach. He never called himself a preacher, preferring the title of lecturer. His manner of speaking was never dull. He always used parables in his stories to illustrate his point, giving him the gripping power to hold the attention and stir the heart.
  • “The Treasury of Quiet Talks Selections from S.D. Gordon” (1951) by John W. Bradbury gives this brief biography: Samuel Dickey Gordon ministered the deep things of God. S. D. was not an ordained minister and held no academic degrees, instead he learned his theological concepts from his Bible. He was a plain man, controlled by a deep desire to edify God’s people, earning him the respect of the learned and affection of the simple.

Most widely held works by S.D. Gordon

  • Quiet talks on prayer by S. D Gordon (Book)
    50 editions published between 1904 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
  • Quiet talks on power by S. D Gordon (Book)
    66 editions published between 1900 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
  • Quiet talks about Jesus by S. D Gordon (Book)
    46 editions published between 1906 and 2018 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
  • Quiet talks on service by S. D Gordon (Book)
    26 editions published between 1906 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
  • Quiet talks with world winners by S. D Gordon (Book)
    31 editions published between 1908 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
  • Quiet talks on home ideals by S. D Gordon (Book)
    14 editions published between 1909 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
  • Quiet talks on personal problems by S. D Gordon (Book)
    20 editions published between 1901 and 2018 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
  • Quiet talks on John’s Gospel by S. D Gordon (Book)
    12 editions published between 1915 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
  • Quiet talks on following the Christ by S. D Gordon (Book)
    13 editions published between 1913 and 2019 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
  • Quiet talks about Our Lord’s return by S. D Gordon (Book)
    12 editions published between 1912 and 1932 in 3 languages and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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