From Galatian to Revelation Sermons(commentaries) All Chapters for Preaching
From Galatian to Revelation Sermons(commentaries) All Chapters for Preaching
This is From Galatian to Revelation Sermons(commentaries) All Chapters for Preaching.
 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:
 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.
 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.
 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;
 And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:
 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
 And they glorified God in me.
Paul said to the Galatian church that there is no gospel other than the one he preached.
First, Paul’s apostolate has a divine origin (vv. 1-5).
At the beginning of the letter, Paul prayed for grace and peace in the Galatian church.
Paul became an apostle through Jesus Christ and God, not through man.
The reason Paul spoke this divine authority was that the gospel he preached was being challenged in the Galatian church.
The focus of the gospel he preached was the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (v.1).
In particular, the death of Jesus Christ has three characteristics.
First, that personality was to redeem our sins,
Second, the purpose was to save us from this generation,
Third, the source was God’s will.
Second, there is no other gospel in addition to the gospel that Paul preached (vv.6-10)
There are no thanksgiving, hymns, or prayers in Galatians.
In a rather strong tone, there is a warning about ‘another gospel’ (vv. 6, 7, 8, 9).
There is no other gospel in addition to the gospel that Paul preached.
But false teachers disturbed the Galatian church with another gospel (v. 7).
Their characteristic is to disturb the church and deteriorate the gospel.
After all, the church of Galatia quickly left the gospel of Paul’s grace and followed another gospel (v. 6).
It is a moment of spiritual conversion and betrayal.
Paul had a holy resentment to warn of the curse (vv.8, 9).
Paul was a servant of Christ and should have worked for God rather than man.
Third, there is a divine origin in the gospel that Paul preached (vv. 11-24).
Paul, who spoke of the divine origin of the apostolate (v. 1), now speaks of the divine origin of the gospel (vv.11 - 12).
The gospel that Paul preached was not man made.
That is, neither was it received from man, nor learned from man, but only by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Paul’s assertion can be seen clearly from the time of his conversion.
Before Paul’s conversion, he sought persecution of the church of God (verses 13-14).
At the time of conversion, Paul received the calling of God and the appearance of Jesus (vv.15 - 16).
After his conversion, Paul had met Peter and James at Jerusalem for a while, but did not receive the influence of the apostles at all (vv.16 - 24).
Do you proclaim the gospel of God with divine conviction as a servant of God?
 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
We must praise God who has saved us.
First, Paul wishes grace and peace to the Ephesians (vv. 1-2).
Paul wrote to the church of Ephesus and prayed for grace and peace first (verses 1 and 2).
The Ephesian Church was a church that was built during Paul’s third evangelistic journey (Acts 19).
Since then, Paul has written Ephesians in the Roman prison, along with Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.
The central theme of Ephesians is ecclesiology.
The church is called the ‘Body of Christ’ (Eph. 1:23; 4:12, 16),
the fulness of him who fills everything in every way (Ephesians 1:23),
a new person (Eph 2:15) The temple which is the dwelling place of God in the Spirit “(Ephesians 2: 21-22),
and the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5: 25-27).
Ephesians 3 and 4 also tell the mission of the church (Eph 3) and growth (Eph 4).
Second, Paul praised the Trinity God (vv.3 - 14).
Paul praised the saving work of the Trinity God.
At first, Paul declared a ‘hymn’
Then God the Father (verses 3-6),
Jesus the Son (vv.7-12),
We speak of the salvation ministry of the Holy Spirit (vv. 13-14)
And he repeated the ‘hymn’ three times in chorus (vv. 6, 12, 14).
We have reason to praise.
First, God the Father has chosen us before the foundation of the world to be the sons of God.
Second, because Jesus the saint have shed blood on the cross, he have redeemed us and become entrepreneurs.
Third, God the Holy Spirit has made us listen to the gospel of salvation, believe, choose, and guarantee us.
Third, Paul prayed for the church (vv. 15-23).
Paul appreciated every time he prayed for intercession for the church of Ephesus.
There were two things Paul prayed.
One was ‘Let the saints know God.’
If we receive the Holy Spirit fully, we can know God deeply through wisdom and revelation.
The other was ‘Let the saints know the grace of God’.
When we receive the Holy Spirit fully, the eyes of our hearts are opened and we can know the grace God has given us.
The grace that God gives is the call of God (past), the enterprise of God (future), and the power of God (present).
That ability is evident in Jesus’ resurrection, Jesus’ reign, and Jesus’ head.
Do you praise God and pray for the church?
 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;
 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;
 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;
 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.
 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
The Philippian Church was a church that Paul pioneered during his second missionary journey (Acts 16).
When Paul was imprisoned in Roman prison, Paul received sponsorship of love from the church of Philippi through Eva Brodido (2:25, 4:18).
So Paul sent a letter of thanksgiving.
This is Philippians.
Paul prayed for grace and peace at the opening of the letter (vv. 1-2).
First, we must participate in the work of the gospel (vv.3 - 11).
Paul always gave thanks to God whenever he thought of the Philippian church and prayed for the Philippian church without forgetting each time he prayed (vv. 3-4).
It was because the Philippian Church had been involved in the Gospel from the beginning and was convinced that it would continue until the end of the age (vv.5 - 6).
Paul was always in the heart of the church of Philippians who participated in this grace (v. 7) and longed for (v. 8) and prayed (vv.9 - 11).
Paul prayed three things.
First, Paul prayed that love was getting richer (v. 9).
Second, Paul prayed that there was no fault until the end (v. 10).
Third, Paul prayed that the fruit of righteousness was full (v.11).
Second, we must preach the gospel directly (vv.12 - 18).
Paul preached the gospel and eventually was imprisoned in a Roman prison (vv. 12-13).
It was the worst, but Paul was never disappointed.
Even though the evangelist is imprisoned, the gospel is not imprisoned.
Paul rather rejoiced in two respects.
One is that many brothers have preached the gospel (v. 14).
Rather than one evangelist preaching 100,
It is much better for each of the 100 evangelists to evangelize one by one.
The other is “preaching by speculation and dispute” or “in good faith” because Christ preached (vv.15 - 18).
Third, we must live worthy of the gospel (verses 19-30).
Paul understood whatever the end of prison life was, ‘salvation’ (v. 19).
Paul was not sure if he was release or martyrdom (verses 21-22), but what he hoped was that Christ would be honored only if he “lived or died” (v.20).
Paul personally wanted martyrdom (v. 23) and desired to be released for the church (v. 24-26).
Anyway, the church of Philippi must live the life of the gospel according to Paul’s example (v.27).
We must work together for the gospel (v. 27), not fear for those who oppose (v. 28), and suffer for Christ (vv.29-30).
Do you live for the Gospel?
 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
1 Timothy 1
1 Timothy is a letter Paul wrote to Timothy (vv. 1-2).
First, we must beware of other lessons (vv.3 - 11).
Paul made Timothy stay in Ephesus.
It was to teach the false teachers to teach other lessons (v.3).
They were immersed in myths and genealogies (v.4).
The former is a gnosticism that claims that myth is a spiritual knowledge.
The latter refers to legalism that emphasizes bloodline, circumcision, and the law.
Another lesson eventually leads to argument (v. 4)
It confuses people (vv. 6-7).
So Paul wanted to teach them through Timothy, whose purpose was in love (v.5).
Originally, the law is good (v. 8) and given for sinners (vv. 9-10).
This lesson is consistent with the gospel God has entrusted to Paul (v. 11).
Second, we must preach the gospel through our testimonies (vv.11 - 17).
Before conversion, Paul was a defector, a persecutor, and an assailant (v.13).
Such Paul has abundantly experienced grace, faith, and love from the Lord (v. 14).
In other words, the slander was because there was no grace, the persecution was because there was no faith, and the assault was without love.
God gave him salvation (v.15), loyal duty, and power of the Holy Spirit (v. 12).
Paul preached the gospel through his testimony (v.15).
God made Paul an example of ‘those who believe in the Lord and have eternal life’ (v. 16).
Glory to God! (V.17).
Third, we must fight a good fight (verses 18-20).
Paul commanded his spiritual son Timothy (vv.2, 18) to ‘fight the good fight.’
A good fight is a spiritual battle against Satan the Devil.
Paul also fought a good fight (2 Tim. 4: 7-8).
Paul suggested three specific ways for Timothy to fight a good fight.
First, it is a prophecy.
We must be armed with the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17) and be guided by the Word of God.
Second, it is faith and a good conscience.
Faith is related to truth, conscience is related to life.
Faith is trusting God and assuring the right lesson, and conscience is a universal and absolute standard of living.
Third, it is discipline.
The purpose of discipline is not punishment, but admonition.
Do you preach the Gospel, fighting Satan and other lessons and spiritual struggles?
 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
Hebrews is a book that gives conviction of faith to suffering Jewish Christians.
First, Jesus is the great Christ.
The form of the Hebrews is preaching to a species rather than a letter (Hebrews 13:22).
It does not begin with a letter format (sender-recipient-greetings), but ends with a letter format.
The age in which Hebrews was written was before the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
The author assumes that Barnabas was a Levite than Paul.
The reader was Jewish Christians suffering in the Roman church.
It is a book that can feel the atmosphere of the Old Testament most strongly among the New Testament.
The central theme is the great Jesus Christ.
Jesus is greater than Old Testament prophets and angels (Heb. 1: 1-2: 18), Kings (Heb. 3: 1-4: 13), and Priests (Hebrews 4: 14-10: 39).
Second, Jesus is greater than prophets (verses 1-3).
Throughout the Old Testament, God spoke through prophets in various parts and shapes (v. 1).
And God spoke at the end of time through Jesus (v.2).
Here, ‘parts and shapes’ include voices, signs, dreams and history.
God is the subject of revelation, and prophets and the Son are tools of revelation. However, unlike the prophets, Jesus is the revelation itself.
Unlike the prophets, Jesus is the Word itself.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is superior to the prophets.
God made this Jesus the heir of all, and made him the Creator (v. 2).
This Jesus is the visible God, the Conservator, the Atonement, and the Mediator (v.3).
Third, Jesus is greater than angels (vv.4 - 14).
We can argue with the Old Testament that ‘Christ is superior to angels.’
First, Jesus is excellent in name (vv. 4-6).
Jesus Christ is a more beautiful name than angels.
In other words, Jesus received the name “Son of God” as a corporation.
On the other hand, angels must kneel before the name of Jesus and worship (Philippians 2: 9-10).
Second, Jesus is superior in status (vv. 7-9).
Angels are just ministers like winds and flames.
On the other hand, Jesus Christ is King of kings.
Third, Jesus is excellent in ministry (verses 10-14).
Jesus Christ is eternal and immutable Creator (vv.10 - 12).
Angels, on the other hand, are serving spirits (verses 13-14).
Do you believe in the great Christ, who is incomparable to anyone?
 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 1
We must share fellowship with God who is the light and Jesus who is the Word.
First, the book of 1 John was written by the Apostle John.
The author of John is Apostle John.
He recorded the Gospel of John, John 1, 2, 3, and Revelation.
The record of John was written in Ephesus in the AD 90s.
The purpose of 1 John’s writing is three.
First, for the fullness of joy (1: 4),
Second, in order not to commit sin (2: 1)
Third, to know that there is eternal life (5:13).
John’s Key words are ‘light’, ‘love’ and ‘life’.
When we share fellowship with God who is the light (1-2), God with love (3-4), God with life (5), we can be the light of the world, love each other, You can enjoy.
Second, Jesus is the word of life (vv.1 - 4).
Jesus is the word of life (John 1: 1, 4).
This word of life has four characteristics.
First, it is the word of life from the beginning (v.1).
Here ‘in the beginning’ means eternity, not the beginning of time.
Second, it is the word of life revealed (v.2).
Jesus appeared incarnated (John 1:18).
Third, it is the word of life experienced (vv. 1-2).
He listened, looked, watched, touched.
Fourth, it is a testimony of life (v. 2).
He testified and delivered it.
Among these four features, the emphasis is on the fourth (v. 3).
There are two purposes for proclaiming the word of life.
One is for fellowship, the other is for joy (vv. 3-4).
Third, God is the light (vv.5 - 10).
We can express God in various ways.
God is the Lord of creation, of history, and of judgment.
The apostle John expressed God as ‘spirit’ (John 4:24) and ‘love’ (1 John 4: 8) and ‘light’ (v. 5).
Here, ‘light’ refers not to ‘one light’ but ‘light itself’.
There is no darkness to God who is light.
It is this darkness that interferes with fellowship with God (v. 7).
In this darkness, first, there are darkness that deceives another (v. 6), second, darkness that deceives itself (v. 8), and third, darkness that deceives God (v. 10).
Darkness is sin and light is truth.
When light and truth come, confess and defeat darkness and sin (v. 9).
Do you have fellowship with God and Jesus?
 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
The book of Revelation is a book of comfort to those who live in times of hardship, who desire Jesus to live.
First, Revelation is the revelation of Jesus Christ (verses 1-3).
Revelation is not the revelation of John the Apostle, but the revelation of Jesus Christ (v.1).
This means that Jesus is both the subject of revelation and the content of revelation.
First, this is the origin of the book of Revelation.
This has been communicated to God (the source of revelation), Jesus (intercession of revelation), angel (transmission of revelation), and John (v.1).
Second, this is the nature of the book of Revelation.
This is the Word of God, the testimony of Jesus Christ, and the testimony of what John saw (v. 2).
Third, this is the blessing of the book of Revelation.
It is a blessing to the reader, the hearer, and the keeper (v. 3).
We must get closer to the book of Revelation, “As the time is near” and “Things that will soon happen”.
Second, John sent letters to the seven churches in Asia Minor (vv. 4-8).
Revelation is a letter to the seven churches in Asia Minor.
First, John prayed for the grace and peace of the Trinity God (vv. 4-5).
God is with us now, past and future.
The Holy Spirit is the seven spirits who are before the throne of God.
Jesus is “the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, the head of the king of the earth.”
Second, John glorified Jesus (vv.5-7).
Jesus freed us from our sins, made us kingdoms and priests, and will come back in the clouds.
Third, John confessed his faith in Jesus (v. 8).
He quoted Jesus’ words and confessed Jesus as Lord God.
Third, John met Jesus in vision on the island of Patmos (verses 9-20).
John was exiled to Patmos when Domitian was an emperor (v. 9).
John heard the voice of Jesus by the Holy Spirit on Sunday (v. 10)
John saw Jesus (vv. 12-16).
John’s response was three.
First, John was afraid (verses 17-18).
Jesus, whom John met, has ‘the key to death and the grave’ and becomes ‘the living’ Lord.
Second, John wrote (v. 19).
John recorded “what he saw” (Rev. 1), “what is now” (Revelation 2-3) and “what will happen in the future” (Revelation 4-22).
Jesus, recorded by John, is the Lord of history.
Third, John sent a letter (v. 11).
The seven churches of Asia Minor represent the churches of all ages.
Jesus, whom John spoke, is Lord of the Church (v.20).
Do you believe in Jesus, who lives, governs history, and governs the Church?
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