Can you explain the meaning of the “sea of glass” spoken of in Revelation 4:6?
The scripture reads: “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.”
Revelation 15:2 also refers to the sea of glass and paints a very similar picture. In focus, in the extended verses, is the beauty and majestic glory of God on His throne. The saints of all time are gathered around the throne worshiping and praising the Lord God Almighty. These passages are worthy of study and understanding, but I will address the specific question at hand.
The sea of glass was like unto crystal and was spread out before the throne. It had a clear, glassy or transparent appearance. It was upon this sea that the redeemed stood and worshiped God. This is not to be understood literally but symbolically. It is fitting that around the throne is a sea of glass—clear, clean, undefiled, and pure. It represents truth, holiness, and transparency. The true church stands without spot and blameless, living in purity and love.
The saints today, while on earth, should also be standing upon a sea of glass where nothing is hidden or covered up. We are who we say we are and do not have to justify, hide, or excuse unrighteousness. If Christians, congregations, or ministers are not living with transparency, there is a problem and something is wrong. Let us lift our voices in praise and holiness and stand with clearness and purity in God’s righteousness.