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This is such a special book! As a matter of review, we learned last week that it is the only book that was delivered by an angel. We also know that it is meant for us to understand and it is the Revelation (unveiling ) of Jesus Christ.
This week, we move forward and see what the Lord has for us. Pick up with me in chapter one verse 2.
“who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.”
Revelation 1:2 NKJV
As we read this we see that John SAW that which he wrote down. This wasn’t a case of dictation. This tells the reader that there will be much in the way of imagery here. This is a good place to stop and set some ground rules for the overall study. I believe that the best way to read and interpret scripture is literally. Meaning, if the Bible says a thing that is what it means. Interpretation of scripture is based on context and scripture is the best interpretation of itself.
To illustrate what I mean, let’s look at two separate scriptures. John 3:16 and John 14:6
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 NKJV
This is known is the gospel on one verse. Jesus is telling Nicodemus why He came. It is the mission statement of Jesus if you will. If anyone ever asks you what you believe, what makes you a Christian, keep it simple, Jesus did. This verse is literal, it is a statement of fact and should be taken as such. Now, Let’s look at John 14:6
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
John 14:6 NKJV
This verse is a bit different in verbiage Jesus is talking about Himself being the.”Way,” “The Truth,” and, “The Life.” These are figurative terms and ten He says that we must come through Him to get to the Father. There is a ton to unpack here, this could be, and has been, a study all on its own. Jesus is saying that he is the wash to salvation, trough faith. He is the Truth and the life As God Jesus embodies all of these things. And no one comes to the Father (also God) but Through, believe in Him. Whew! That’s a lot, I know. Suffice to say this, Jon 3:16 and John 14:6 match one another in message and when we understand context we understand meaning. Bible teacher Ron Rhodes put it this way,”when plain sense makes good sense seek no other sense lest you end up with nonsense”. - Ron Rhodes Let me say that again, when plain sense makes good sense seek no other sense lest you end up with nonsense” So, as we work through the book, we will take it as it comes and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us one verse at a time. Pick up with me in verse three:
“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.”
Revelation 1:3 NKJV
As we said in the beginning, this is such a special book. Not only is it the great unveiling of Jesus Christ and the only book delivered by an angel but it contains a special blessing Blessed, it says, is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy. Those who read and hear…. Let’s take it in pieces. First, in order that we receive the blessing, we must read the words of this scripture. The Greek term used here for the word read, means out loud. So, we are to read it out loud. Have you ever tried it? Reading scripture out loud during your devo time? Think of it this way, how many times has the pastor read a passage of scripture in church and suddenly the meaning clicks? Sometimes the words jump off the Paige when they are read aloud.
Second, we must hear it. Throughout this book and in the gospels as well, Jesus often says, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” He is speaking of being lead by the Holy Spirit here. Hear what God would have you hear and decern from His word as the spirit leads. Do you pray before you open scripture? If not, it is a good idea to ask God to lead your study time.
Thirdly, we must keep it. I had a pastor tell me once that if you can read through the book of revelation and not have it change your walk with God or your urgency for His gospel, you might want to take that to the Lord and have Him work it out for you. The mantra here at The Thoughts I Have Toward You has always been too, “Make it count.” I sign off with that each week. That means simply that I try to make everyday that I’m given count for the glory of God and I hope you do as well. Also every week, I I tell you that there is no one I wouldn’t want to see in heaven. I truly mean that and it is why I’m here. It is why I do this every week. I am called to reach people with the gospel and I endeavor every time I sit before this microphone, to reach the lost and searching- for God’s glory and not my own. This brings us to the final part of the verse, the time is near.
The gospel of John was written that we may believe. The epistles of 1,2,&3 John we written that we may understand and the book of Revelation is written that we would be ready!
but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
The New King James Version. (1982). (Jn 20:31). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.