Epistles of Thomas

December 8, 2008

Revelation 1-3

Filed under: New Testament — Thomas @ 16:35
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The first thing to notice is that this revelation is from Jesus Christ via an angel to John. It’s interesting that in Galatians 3:19-20 most interpreters believe that the mention of angels being involved in the giving of the Law is meant to lower its value. In Revelation an angel brings the message to John but no one believes that it is of less value than a message directly from Jesus. Revelation begins with seven letters addressed to seven churches. Seven is a number signifying completeness and indicates that this letter is for every church in every place. These seven churches are examples of the different kinds of churches that exist. Some are doing well and bringing glory to God, others are suffering at the hands of others or in sin. As we read this we can remember that “if the shoe fits, wear it.” Not all of these points apply to us but we should see where we and our specific church fit within this paradigm and seek to respond to Christ’s calling. Each letter ends with this calling: “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

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