The Revelation of Jesus Christ Pt 2, 1:4-6

In this section of scripture, John gives us the first of many groupings of sevens: seven aspects of Jesus Christ. Here, too, we see that The Triune God has written to us: Father, Spirit, and Son, and intertwined in these verses is a unique structure of past, present, and future – subtly reinforcing to us that God is eternal.

VERSE 4

“John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him existing, and Him having been existing, and Him coming; and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne;”

This letter is from all three persons of the God-head.

  1. The Father, who is ever-existing and ever-coming. The Father has existed since before time began, and it is from Him firstly this letter comes.
  2. The Holy Spirit, who is symbolized by “seven spirits.” Seven represents completeness: The Holy Spirit is complete and lacks nothing.

VERSE 5-6

“and from Jesus Christ, who is The Faithful One, The witness, The first begotten of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that is loving us, and having released us from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us a kingdom, priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

Before exploring these seven aspects of Jesus, notice the structure of past, present and future which John uses, showing us the eternal work of Christ.

  • Jesus’ functions throughout time.
    • Past
      • The Faithful One, The Witness. Jesus is attributed one of The LORD’s titles: The Faithful One. Jesus has existed for all of eternity, faithful with The Father from the very beginning.
      • The witness speaks of Jesus’ witness on earth, now past.
    • Present
    • Future

To Jesus Christ alone, be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

[Note: the phrase “for ever and ever” is used to speak praise to Jesus four times. Each time more descriptors are added, until ending with seven]

CONCLUSION

Our God is eternal. He has always existed and always will. He is triune and each part of Him is equally eternal and complete. Jesus, our precious bridegroom, has faithfully represented The Father to us. He has risen from the dead, going before us, and will one day return again to reign, us alongside Him. He loves us, freed us, and we have a kingdom waiting for us. Truly, we have an awesome savior who is worthy of our lives. “Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.” [Heb 13:13-15]

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