of priests to God and His Father
"John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be upon you, and
peace, from Him who is, who was, and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits
who are before His throne; (5) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful
witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.
And has made us a kingdom of priests to God and His Father, to Him be glory and
dominion forever. Amen." Revelation 1: 4 - 6.
the apostle John was writing to the seven churches in Asia Minor. What
John wrote did reach a few hundred Christians but God intended the book of
Revelation to be read by multitudes of individuals throughout church
history and after the rapture of the church. Once again chapter one starts
out with a blessed greeting. John writes grace and peace from the Triune
Godhead. This greeting was given so many times in the first century that it
would be our way of saying in modern times how are you; however,
their greeting was loaded with careful Godly intent for the other person.
ordered a brutal persecution of Christians in Rome. The book of Revelation was
written a little after this time frame. Remember I said initially this
book was directly written to the seven churches. Some people experience
the peace of the world but most people had no clue what this particular
comfort was all about because they did not live luxury lives if you know what I
mean. I am sure tension was very high that they would be next.
have seen this many times but unfortunately when John and Paul died legalistic
Judaizers infiltrated many of the thriving churches. The apostles founded
and guided the believers to become disciples for Jesus Christ. God has called
every believer to be disciples but these people tried to force the
new Christians back under the Mosaic Law as a way of life. This is the
main reason why the greeting of grace and peace was rich with meaning for these
churches that were struggling with the issues of the Christian life.
explains the source of the Revelation describing it's three givers. This is
deep because the description is regarding the Triune Godhead. He describes God
the Father as Him who is and who was and who is to come. This describes the
continuous existence of being. He is our All Powerful God which John describes
in the gospels. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God." John 1:1.
description is also given of the Holy Spirit. The apostle writes ... "And
from the seven Spirits who are before His throne" in verse four. These
seven Spirits are speaking of God the Father and God the Son as being the
source of the revelations so the seven Spirits refer to the third member of the
Godhead which is the Holy Spirit. Since the number seven stands for
completeness in context of this particular passage the fullness of the
power of the Holy Spirit ministers to us believers in Christ. The Spirit is
before the throne of God. He has the function to obey and fulfill the
purpose of the One who sits on the throne because this is also His will (Holy
Spirit). Remember God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are equal
I were to go back to the original greeting (grace and peace) this is Jesus
Christ Himself giving this type of love to the brothers and sisters in the faith.
There are titles given to Him. He is the faithful witness, the firstborn of the
dead and the prince of the kings of the earth.
Christ was the faithful witness because a true prophet reveals God to men. The
Son of God is distinct in that He did not just reveal God by what he said as
the other prophets had done but He was a perfect revelation and witness of God
the Father. When Jesus Christ was living He showed us the perfect portrait
of God. He is also the perfect photograph of God. Some People desire to
know God. "Who is the brightness of His glory, and the express image of
His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by
Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on
high;" Hebrews 1:3. "Je'sus saith unto him, Have I been so long time
with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Phil'ip? he that hath seen Me hath
seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?" John 14:9.
reference to Christ as the firstborn of the dead corresponds with what the
apostle Paul writes in the epistles. "Who is the image of the
invisible God, the firstborn of every creature." Colossians 1:15. The
theme of this statement is that Jesus Christ was the first Person to be
permanently resurrected from the dead. The resurrection of Lazarus was
only temporary because he died again but the Son of God defeated death by never
dying again to be seated at the right hand throne of God. The term firstborn
means that Jesus Christ is the first who will be resurrected with a glorified
immortal body. We will be getting an immortal body at the rapture of the
world that we live in now is a complete mess so when this passage says ...
"Prince of the kings of the earth" ... it is difficult to comprehend
this being true. Jesus Christ has the right to rule but He is not exercising
His authority over kings and kingdoms at this point but He will be ruling for
one thousand years after the seven year tribulation period. Unfortunately Satan
won a temporary legal right to rule the kingdoms of this world when Adam
relinquished his God given authority in the garden of Eden when he took a
bite of the apple. This is so ridicules but Satan actually took Jesus Christ to
a high mountain when He (Jesus Christ) was fasting for a very long period of
time. The devil showed the Son of God the kingdoms of the world and offered
them to Jesus in exchange for worship. Remember Lucifer was kicked out of
heaven because he wanted worship. What Satan tries to do is truly amazing
but obviously Jesus Christ said no but never disputed the temporary legal claim
that Satan has to these kingdoms.
Christ knew that when He died on the cross and rose from the dead on the
third day Satan would be finished. "Now is the judgment of this world: now
shall the prince of this world be cast out." John 12:31. Because the Son
of God rose from the dead on the third day it is only a matter of time until He
comes back to earth and claim His role as King of Kings and Lord of Lords over
all rulers of this world.
Jesus Christ died on the cross He reached out to people in all their ugliness
and sins but when He comes back to rule we will be with Him as redeemed saints
washed from their sins and clothed with Christ's robes of righteousness. If we
accepted Jesus Christ into our hearts we have been cleansed from our sins and
their eternal judgment. He wants us to live in His love now by abiding in Him.
If people that do not believe in Jesus Christ accept the pardon which God is
eager to give anyone he or she can also have His ever present love and one
day be with Him when He rules and reigns over the earth.
the apostle John writes in verse six and has made us a kingdom of
priests to God and His Father we should remember that we are just pilgrims
and strangers passing through this world. When we meet fellow believers in
Christ often times we have mutual concerns about issues in life and solutions
through Jesus Christ. Most of all we know our kingdom is not of this world. If
you are a true Christian you have been ordained as priests of God through and
by Jesus Christ Himself.
spiritual function of a priest is to represent people before the throne of God.
We can speak to God for other people or we can talk to individuals on the
behalf of God. As believers in Christ we have free access to engage in this
practice. Every Christian has the privilege of priesthood through Jesus
Christ. "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who
hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light: 1 Peter 2:9. "
light of this wonderful news if you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal
Savior and Lord now would probably be a good time to repent of all your sins
and invite the Son of God into your life. If you just made that decision you
can start claiming the promises of God for your life in
context because He has such great love for you. Your part is to abide in
Jesus Christ and do the will of God.