The Revelation of Jesus Christ: Rev 1:5c-6

Jeff "Miztah" Rogers By Jeff "Miztah" Rogers, 17th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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We have not even scratched the surface of the glory of Christ in these descriptions as a matter of fact we have barely nicked the edges.

"Oh Worship the King"

I have stated earlier in this study that it is my goal in this verse by verse study of the book of Revelation that we allow the text to speak for itself. I have endeavored to do just that up to this point in the study. However, there are times that when we let the text speak for itself we must step back with our mouth gaping open in amazement and just gaze at glory that we are probably not fit to peer into. Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ is described in this passage, by John in the introduction of Jesus to the seven churches in such glory and such wonder that I believe that even the words of the text may be insufficient to describe it. But again, we must admit that this is God's word, and as such we must trust that his words are indeed sufficient to describe what it is he wants to communicate. It is in our own deficiencies that we stare in wonderment at the beauty, the majesty and the grandeur that is our beloved Christ. It is the greatest privilege in the universe that we are given such an intimate and beautiful view of the one and only Son of God. If we continue through this study and continue to allow the text to speak to us and we walk away from this study without being moved to a place of awe and worship, then I think we will have missed the point. I sincerely believe that John in this introduction is, among other things, calling his audience and the entire world to a place of worship. For He alone is worthy.

"John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen." Revelation 1:4-7

So far in our study we have seen Christ introduced to the seven churches which are in Asia as the one who brings grace and peace. We have seen him as the ever eternal God who "is", "was", and "is to come". John has shown him in his variegated splendor, declaring about him the seven characteristics of the divine Spirit of God as illuminated to us by God in Isaiah chapter 11. He has introduced this Christ to us as not only on His throne, but ruling over all the kings of the earth as a faithful witness and the first begotten from the dead. I remind you of these things that we have already seen not because we have exhausted these themes by any means. We have not even scratched the surface of the glory of Christ in these descriptions as a matter of fact we have barely nicked the edges. And it is because of our inevitable shallowness that I call each reader to go back and meditate on these opening words. Look up other corollary passages that may expand on your understanding. Pray! Ask God for a clear, majestic and high view of Christ through this text, as I know that our efforts in this study are merely introductory and will never come to a place where we have exhausted the beauties and the wonders of our Messiah, Jesus Christ.

So I call you to refresh yourself with what we have already seen as we move forward for another sampling and tasting of the goodness of God through Jesus Christ. You will notice that I did not publish anything yesterday as I also needed to spend time meditating on the text. I call any and all readers of this study to a place of worship. And I believe the next section of this text will continue in that theme of the unreachable but inspiring words that God has given us as a gift.

We will now look at the last part of verse five and try to include all of verse six as well.

"Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." Revelation 1:5c-6

I want to start looking at this passage by pointing out the last word of the section. "Amen". This word is more than just a divine punctuation mark. It is the declaration by the Spirit of God of a point of emphasis. This word perhaps is John's way of saying, WOW! I don't know the personal thoughts of John as he is penning these words but we see eventually, (verse 17 of chapter 1) that John falls at the feet of the messenger as a dead man. We can more than likely surmise that John is standing in amazement at what he Is hearing and what it is he is being told to write. I picture John writing feverishly and then pausing as if to take a breath or a huge sigh and he does so by exclaiming "AMEN!" He does this three times in the first chapter (vss. 6, 7, then he quotes Jesus as saying in vs. 18). But John in the space of two verses says this emotive word twice.

To what does he make this cry of "Amen"? It is to the passage at which we are now looking. Let's start by examining the latter part of verse 5. "Unto HIM"…John is continuing to speak of Jesus. John describes Jesus here as the one who "Loved us". We could stop here and recite countless New and Old Testament passages declaring the love of God, the love of Christ toward His people, and that would be a profitable thing to do, but let's continue. He not only loved us, but His love for us resulted in action. Love that does not have a corresponding action is no love at all. Love is not a sloppy sentimentality of emotion. Love is both, and at the same time, a decision and an action. In eternity past God in Christ chose to pour out His love upon a people, he demonstrated this love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. This is in essence what John is saying; "He loved us and washed us from our sin in his own blood". This was a decision made in eternity that came to pass in the fullness of time. John who wrote these words also recorded for us the words of Christ from his high priestly prayer in the Gospel of John chapter 17.

"O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:25-26

John also wrote extensively of the Love of Christ in the three epistles that he also penned. But let's look at a text from Paul.

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Ephesians 1:4-5, 2:4.

Here we see that Paul declares that the "choosing" that God did in eternity past, the "predestination", the "adoption", the making for himself a "holy and blameless" bride was all done according to "His great love wherewith He loved us."

This idea of the love of Christ for sinners is such a deep well that I am doubtful we will ever do it justice. But keep in mind that it is to these seven churches that we will see in chapters 2-3, that in spite of all of their problems, failures, disappointments and warnings that Jesus is about to delve into. This same Jesus wants to assure them of his great love for them. In fact so great was this love for them (and us) that he died in their (and our) place.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

In all of the history of man and his quest to know the divine, there is no better summary of the love of God for sinners through his son that that one statement from John 3:16. I will allow that verse to summarize this section, expecting that the our own personal meditation on this idea in each of our hearts will be a life-long pursuit and an ever increasing call to our hearts to worship this one who loved us.

In my post of the section that we are considering, I highlighted a few things. (1)" Him that loved us" ,(2) Washed us , (3) Made us, (4) To him be glory. This is the outline for this current study. We have touched (and barely at that) the fact that he "Loved us". Let us now look at the fact that "he washed us".

His love as I said resulted in action. That action was to "wash us from our sin". We now stand before God in the robe of the righteousness of Jesus Christ. As we progress in this book we will find that the saints are arrayed in the figurative robes of Christ, made white in the blood of the lamb. It is interesting that a thing could be made white by the process of being dipped or immersed in red blood. This corresponds with the picture of God reasoning with Israel in the opening verses of Isaiah.

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18

The idea is that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from sin. It is not the blood of bulls and goats that can have this effect. It is only and solely through His "own" blood that this can happen. This is why John states it the way he does; "…washed us from our sins in his own blood…". It is only the blood of Christ that can pay the eternal penalty for sin. Remember that this is a Jewish audience in the first century that are reading these words in their own Jewish cultural context. These who are reading this are still looking at a temple standing in their capital city. They still have, displayed for them a sacrificial system of animals, blood upon blood; upon blood; and to what end? Just prior to Gods offer to reason with his people of the nation of Israel over their sin, he made the case of how he really felt about the blood of the sacrificial animals.

"To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting." Isaiah 1:11-13

God tells this people that he had had his fill of the blood of beasts and he no longer delighted in the blood of bulls, lambs, goats, etc. Surely the mind of the Jew in the first century harkened back to this divine displeasure when they read the glorious words, that sin was once and for all finally dealt with by "His OWN blood"…the blood of the one who loved them, the blood of the one who was currently sitting and ruling on his throne, the blood of the one who overcame death as the firstborn from the dead. This one who was given authority by his Father to lay down his life and given the authority to take it back up again. What a wonderful relief to finally be able to say that my sin was dealt with for eternity. It would never be called up again. And in freeing us from our sin by his own blood he went on to make us to be kings and priests.

So we see that; "He loved us", "He washed us", and now, he has "Made us". In his love and his work of forgiveness he has made us to be; "kings and priests unto God and his Father". When God reiterated the covenant promise of Abraham to his grandson Jacob he told him the following:

"And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;" Genesis 35:11

Surely this is the ultimate fulfillment of this promise. All things are fulfilled in Christ, and it is in Christ that we have been made a nation of kings.

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1 Peter 2:5 + 9

Peter also alluding to the promise made to Jacob confirms that they in the first century were enjoying the fulfillment of being a "holy nation" and a "royal priesthood".

John makes it clear that we have been made by Christ to be kings and priests, "to His God". We are not kings and priests for our own sake, but we serve a greater kingdom; the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God. We are Kings and priests to His God and Father who is now our God and Father, to whom we are duty-bound and obligated to recognize his glory and dominion forever and ever. It is with this end in mind that Christ Jesus took on flesh, lived a sinless perfect life, was persecuted and ultimately put to death on the cross for the sins of others. He died, was buried and after three days victoriously and miraculously rose from the dead and has ascended on high and taken his place on his eternal throne at the right hand of God the father…all for the express purpose of proclaiming and proving the glory and the dominion of His God and Father. And in return for this perfect work, Jesus is given the throne of His Father and the dominion of being made ruler over all the kings of the earth. All of this grandeur and splendor has the effect of bringing us back to where we started, to that singular word, "AMEN!" And it is here that we will pause. We must pause; and we must worship, we must take some time to consider these glorious words. But let me remind you that every picture, every figure, every type and shadow, all the apocalyptic and mysterious language that we will come into contact with in this amazing book must find its root in the glorious person and work of Jesus Christ, for He alone is worthy of all glory and all honor, Amen!

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author avatar Jeff "Miztah" Rogers
Lived in many places in the U.S.. Served in the Air Force for 21 years. retired from active duty in 2002. Traveled extensively, lived 8 years in Europe. I write about the bible, faith, and new ideas

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author avatar Retired
18th Nov 2011 (#)

Christ's love for us is truly amazing...God is so Awesome...thanks for sharing....

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
22nd Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you, Miztah.

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