True Christians Talk and Walk With God
By: Rev. Joe Kramer
To the seven churches in the province of Asia:
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, (5) and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, (6) and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father —to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
Today we aren’t going to spend a lot of time, nor are we going to go in-depth in the study of the book of Revelation. No, today is just some casual thoughts about our position in Christ.
First we look at who the author is, John the Apostle. He wrote this book and he was called the disciple whom Jesus loved. He was close to the Lord and was the only disciple to be present at his crucifixion. Jesus charged him to look after his mother after he had died and ascended into heaven. He could have opened this book (verse 4) with scathing rebukes to the churches (Because of what God showed him about each of their failures that come later in the book.) but he doesn’t. How does he open it? He says grace and peace to you from God. WOW! that shows love for sure!
The one thing in verse four that people don’t get is he says it is from the seven spirits before his throne. Now many people have offered an explanation. The most prominent two theories is that it is the seven facets of the Holy Spirit (c.f. Isaiah 11:2) others believe it to be the archangels. Personally believe it to be the Archangel because of the wording that is used here in this verse.
Now why is verse five there? To remind us of who Christ is and who we are in Him. Jesus is called a faithful witness. This means what He told us is true and we can take that all the way to the bank. Jesus is the first born from the dead. This reminds us that because of His death and resurrection, we too (if we are Christians) will rise from the dead in glorified bodies. Jesus will be the ruler of the earth during his one-thousand year reign and for all eternity. It says that He loves us and has freed us from the power of sin because of what He did on the cross and his subsequent rise from the grace and ascension into heaven. By His shedding of blood we are made right with a Holy and loving God. This is GOOD NEWS INDEED. If you don’t get excited by that then maybe you need to make sure you are in a “right” relationship with God.
In verse six we are told even more good news. We are called priests to serve God. You see only the priests could communicate and offer sacrifice for the people to God. Only the high priest could actually enter the dwelling place to offer sacrifice and then only once a year; but now John says we have access to God for ourselves thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice! I find it amazing that a powerful and loving ruler of all creation wants to speak and commune with me! don’ you?
This is good news! When was the last time you spoke to your loving father? When was the last time you went before a Holy God? We take this for granted too often, and it need to stop. You have been given access. why not use it? The choice is yours.