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Last Evening’s Study from Revelation 1 May 14, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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REVELATION 1:1-20

What are the credentials of Jesus Christ in giving John this apocalyptic book?

Verse 1 – He received this revelation from the Father (to show or expose it to His servants). The Father – The Son – His Angel – His Slaves (Servants). Verse 6 clarifies the relationship of Jesus to His God and Father (See also Mt 27:46; Joh 20:17; Eph 1:17; 1Pe 1:3).

Verses 4-5 – He claims to be on the same level with the Eternal God (The Father) and with the Seven Spirits of God (Holy Spirit, Compare with Isaiah 11:2 and Zechariah 4:2-10).

Verse 5a – His testimony has been confirmed, He is the firstborn (the preeminent one, Colossians 1:18) of the resurrection, and He rules the kings of the earth (see also verse 6b; Christ’s relationship to the rulers of the earth is one of the key concepts of the book of Revelation).

We discussed the difference between Christ being the firstborn and the firstfruits (1 Corinthians 15:20-23) of the resurrection. “Firstborn” refers to His position in God’s kingdom while “firstfruits” refer to the chronological order of Christ’s resurrection.

Verses 5b-6a – (See also verses 12, 16, and 20) He has established a relationship with His people based on love, salvation from sin, and direct access to the Father.

Verse 7 – (See also Acts 1:9-11 and Zechariah 12:10) – He has fulfilled prophecy before and will fulfill both of these prophecies in the future.

Verse 8 (See also Daniel 7:9-14 and compare with verses 11-18) – Jesus makes His claim as the Eternal God Himself. His appearance is similar to the Ancient of Days (the Father) but He is also known as the “Son of Man”, a title within the Godhead unique to Jesus Christ Himself.

Verses 11-18 (Compare with Daniel 10:5-6 and 12:6-7) – Again, we see the appearance of Christ in Revelation 1 reflecting one of the figures in the book of Daniel.

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