This is a short series looking at the first few verses of Revelation. To go to the beginning, to Revelation intro 1, please click here.
Revelation 1:1 ‘He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John who testifies to everything he saw, that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ’.
There is a lovely flow of communion here that is typical of our God who delights in relationship. The divine, the angelic and the human agencies collaborate harmoniously to communicate this profound message.
Revelation 1:3 ‘Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it because the time is near’.
These first few verses clearly show God’s desire that we receive this revelation and that we take it to heart that it might bless us. There may be challenges of interpretation on the way but it is not a fiendishly impossible cryptic crossword. It is not a theological thesis for the educated elite.
This book was often read out loud in the early church, the imagery contained made it to be a profound picture-book for those challenged by reading rather than a theological thesis for the educated and elite.
It often takes a simple mind to understand Revelation!
Paige Patterson comments encouragingly that: ‘Christ not only reigns supreme but he also guides history to his designed climax, at which time good conquers forevermore.’
Paige Patterson New American Commentary location 1024. an excellent commentary.
To read from the beginning, Revelation intro 1, please click here.
Revelation intro 3 tomorrow…