Scripture Reading: Revelation 1:4-8

“Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before the throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood.” (Revelation 1:4,5)

The Apostle John begins his book with a doxology of praise to the triune God. The doxology is unique in that it introduces symbolic representations of the Persons of the Trinity, which are found again in subsequent visions recorded in Revelation.

The doxology begins with the God “who is and who was and who is to come.” The Father is expressed in terms which remind us of the revelation of God’s divine name in Exodus 3:14,15 — “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.'” This was the special name of God given to His people — Yahweh. The name tells us that God is active in the affairs of men in the present age, as He was in the previous ages, and as He will be in the age to come. God is active in our lives now and He will be with us forever.

The Holy Spirit is identified as “the seven spirits who are before the throne.” The number seven symbolizes fullness and perfection. The prophet Isaiah speaks of seven characteristics of the Holy Spirit — “And the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2). How comforting it is to know that the Spirit of the Lord lives in us and He will give us wisdom and understanding, counsel and strength, knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

The doxology focuses on Jesus. He is said to be “the faithful witness.” He remained faithful to His witness even to death on the cross and He continues His witness to us now. He is also called “the firstborn of the dead,” which is a reference to His resurrection. And He is identified as “the ruler of kings on earth.” This is a reminder that we live under the authority and protection of the King of kings.

Take great comfort today. The Father is active in our lives and will be with us forever. The Spirit of the Lord lives within us and will give us wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord. Jesus continues to be our faithful Witness who reminds us how much we are loved and accepted because of His sacrifice on our behalf. He is alive and He rules over all things.

O Triune God, thank You for Your presence with me. Thank You for loving me and accepting me as Your precious possession. I know that You will be with me always. You will protect me and give me all I need to face life in this fallen world.


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