From these verses I learned —
- God the Father who was in the beginning, before all time, is our creator, and is to come — He is Eternal.
- Jesus Christ, the faithful witness comes from the Greek word martus. “Our word martyr comes from this word, the firstborn who conquered death. He will never die again. He was not only killed for His faith, but He also rose from the dead and continued His testimony.”*
- Jesus Christ, the son of God, is a manifestation of God in the flesh. Alpha and Omega, first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, show He is also Eternal just like God the Father. He loves us and died for us.
- Some say the seven spirits before the throne represent the seven-fold ministry of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:1-2) (I counted six in the versions I read. I like this interpretation because then, this introduction would include the triune God — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.)
Others say they represent angels since it says they were “before the throne”–a place also occupied by other created beings. Angels are again referenced in Vs 5. (See Ezekial 1:13) ~Bullinger
But sometimes angel and spirit are used interchangeably including spirit of the Lord as in Acts 8:26, 29, 39 Later references to the seven angels throughout Revelation seem more in line with beings other than Divine. ~BullingerUpdate: The lecturer only mentioned the Holy Spirit version.
B. Our Eternal God and His Word
- Jesus Christ is the Word who came in the flesh.
- He existed before time and outside of time constraints.
- He has a plan outside of all we see and know.
- He is well able to carry out all He planned.
- Throughout history up until now His prophetic words have been fulfilled.
I have no reason to doubt His Word will be fulfilled.
7. Descriptions of the Lord Jesus as they relate to Revelation 1:5-6
Jesus, God’s One and only Son, sent to earth by Father God because He “so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world” (AMP).
- Jesus was not sent to judge or condemn the world.
- Jesus came to provide true atonement for the sins of the world — the past, present, and future!
- Jesus paid the death penalty for us so we could go free!
- Jesus came to provide the way to eternal life.
Jesus died for our sins, just as prophets foretold in Scripture.
Jesus Christ’s resurrection guarantees ours! (HCSB) He was the firstborn of the dead.
Revelation 1:5c — “the ruler of all the kings of the world.” NLT
“[because He obeyed and so completely humbled Himself]” (AMP) God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name above all other names, so that in heaven and on earth and under the earth, every tongue will declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (compiled from NLT, HCSB, & ESV)
8. The truths in Revelation 1:5-6 reveal…
- God loves me. Oh, how He loves me!
- Jesus set me free from my sin with His AMAZING sacrifice. The word sacrifice inadequately describes the pain, torment, abuse, and humiliation He endured for my petty attempts at self-gratification.
I used to imagine Jesus looking at me across the room, His arms folded with that disapproving, condemning look my Dad often gave me.
Every time I experience God’s presence, I feel only love, compassion and acceptance.
9. A. Jesus’ return
- Everyone, including those who killed Him, will witness Christ’s return. (The verses referenced don’t mention believers, unless I’m missing it. I’ve always thought it included everyone alive on earth. If those who crucified Jesus will see, this includes those who already died.)
- Israel and some Roman rulers are those who pierced Him.
- Those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will mourn. They will instantly recognize and know He is the way, the truth, and the life. They will also know it’s too late.
B. When received correctly, this prophecy gives grace and peace to the hearers.*
I’m thankful I wasn’t one who chanted, “Crucify Him!” Or one of the religious leaders who led and encouraged the crowd to turn against Him.
It’s probably a good thing I wasn’t alive at that time. It’s impossible to know my response to what I saw and heard. I think it’s likely some, like Saul/Paul, who participated in Christ’s death or the persecution of believers who later repented and believed.
Nevertheless, Jesus died for everyone. So even if we didn’t personally endorse His crucifixion, our sin is the real reason He was there. Satan thought He won. But God had a plan.
I’m thankful to be one of the redeemed, made alive along with Christ, forgiven of my sin and my debts paid.