Monday, May 20, 2013

REVELATION 1:5: From Jesus the Faithful King

A Verse by Verse Study

A journey of Studying What’s Revealed to Me

Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood...

Wow! This is a jam packed verse! This Revelation is brought to you along with grace, peace and blessing from Jesus Christ himself.  He is a faithful witness and can be trusted. He is our brother and being the firstborn that has risen from the dead, he guarantees that we too will be raised both in newness of life and eternal life now and forevermore! He is the ruler of the kings of the earth. We will hear in this book, his name, King of Kings and Lord of Lords! This same Jesus, who is Ruler & King has loved us, chosen us and washed us! We were so important to him and we are so loved by him, he shed his own blood to seal our future!

In a chaotic world, one needs to know where they can place their trust. Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, the Anointed One, our brother and faithful friend and the Ruler of the Earth is faithful and can be trusted. Those who have placed their trust and hope in him, although chaos is all around, will not be disappointed. No matter who scoffs and no matter who mocks; no matter what they say or what venom they spew, Jesus will not fail in what he has promised! His Word is true and forever settled in heaven.

This message, brought to John the Revelator has come directly from Jesus who is currently seated at the throne of God. It has come from the throne by messenger to John on earth for him and the church both then and now and for all who will read and hear the word he brings.  There is no distance between earth and heaven that God cannot reach through.  Here we see Heaven’s communication with Earth.  I don’t know about you but that gives me pause.  I stand in awe as I think of his majesty!  We can be thankful that God communicates his plans in advance. He is a faithful King to bring us his Word. He has not kept silent concerning his will! He is King of Kings and no earthly, nor any evil  king will be able to overthrow him!

He is faithful, and worthy of our trust.  When he brings his message, we know that we know, his Word endures forever. Although hell breathes its fury and at times may seem to have the upper hand, he is the faithful one. The message in the pages of this book can be trusted.  When one is faithful, it means he can be trusted.  It may seem like you’re walking on air at times but remember he stepped out on nothing and created something so if it means we walk on air or water, remember he can be trusted to hold our hand and hold us up or even pull us up as necessary!  A witness in legal terms is one with first hand knowledge. Heresy is not accepted –  but only firsthand.  In Christ, he has seen firsthand was and is and is to come!  He was there. He is there with a bird’s eye view and he has already been where we are going.  In Christ there is no time!  Jesus has firsthand knowledge as he has already seen the end of the battle and he wins.  He has spoken it in his Word which endures forever!  The world can’t understand how we can know the future- be we understand because we have faith in the faithful one!  When given the choice of where to place your trust, let your hand be in the hand of the faithful one!

Jesus is the firstborn from the dead.  Elijah was taken up in a chariot having never died an earthly death (2 Kings 2:11.)  Enoch was taken to heaven as he walked with God on earth and never died. The bible says “He walked with God and he was no more (Genesis 5:24.)”  Jesus was sent from heaven and born into earth as a baby by his mother Mary.  He lived, breathed, walked and lived as a man on earth, having never sinned and because sin had not tainted his being, he was supernaturally raised from the dead by the Spirit of God.  He became the first man to rise from the dead after dying a natural death.  Because he lives, we too will have our mortal bodies quickened and will be raised naturally! We already are raised spiritually and have by his Spirit been given newness of life!  Oh what a glorious miracle he has performed that could only have been accomplished by the sinless Son of Man!  He has astounded the onlookers in his accomplishment, the onlookers of angels, demons and the devil himself.  The devil himself has been sent into derision and Jesus has become the victorious King!  The devil knows he has lost and he knows his time is short.  His goal is to keep as many from joining Jesus in the resurrection as possible. His goal is to take as many as possible into the lake of fire! Jesus’ goal is to gather all things unto himself and to see many come to the father through him.  His goal is to be the firstborn among many brethren!  This book will be a Revelation of the battle between Jesus and the Devil and the way Jesus will defeat the devil once and for all. The devil will be thrown into the lake of fire and Jesus will wipe away the tears. Although the world may be thrown into chaos and confusion, and although the devil may mock and scorn, Jesus is not confused, nor is he afraid and neither does he have questions as to where this is all headed.  He will do all he has said. He is faithful and true and his is victorious!

At times it may not look like Jesus is the ruler of the kings of the earth.  There have been and even are at this time rulers of the earth that are less than Godly! What does the bible say?  It says in Romans 14:11 :

As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”

and then again in Philippians 2:9,10:

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

God has given Jesus the name above all names.  Not only should every tongue confess him as Lord and even knee bow before him, but they will.  As the Lord lives, he has promised all will bow before him.  Although we now live in a chaotic world, as things approach that day, he is the firsthand faithful and true witness who has declared the end from the beginning. We can place our trust in him as he carries us to the place and time will all tears will be wiped away! Amen! World without end!

Blue Letter Bible. "Revelation of Jesus Christ 1 - (NKJV - New King James Version)." Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2013. 17 May 2013. < >

The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.. “Bible Gateway. 2013. 11 May 2013.

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