Greetings to the churches.
John begins the letter to the churches by stating from whom the message is. “John, to the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.” Revelation 1:4,5. John refers to Jesus as “He who is and who was and who is to come.” Jesus was dead, now Hi is alive, and He will come as promised. John, throughout Revelation, will identify Jesus in this manner. The above description of Jesus also refers to “I Am; I am now, I will always be. And I will come again” Revelation 1:18. Jesus, while speaking to the Jewish leaders, referred to Himself as “I am.” John 8:58.
John, in his greeting to the churches and his adoration of Jesus, announces what kind of Jesus he will present in the book of Revelation. Accordingly, throughout the book of Revelation, John presents Jesus Christ, who, while in the body here on earth, accomplished everything the humankind needs for its salvation. The victorious Jesus is the Grace God promised centuries before the birth of the Messiah. Zechariah 12:10. In Jesus Christ, and Him alone, the fallen and redeemed humankind has peace with God. The sin in the garden of Eden made humankind God’s enemy. However, through Jesus Christ, God removed our sin from us and established peace between heaven and the earth. The vertical peace with God, we have in Jesus Christ, is His unilateral and unconditional gift to humankind, no strings attached. John 14:27.
Jesus Christ, whom John presents to the readers, is “the faithful witness” to the eternal truth, that is, God is love. “For God so loved the world that He sent…” John 3:16. God, because He loved the world with an everlasting love, sent His Son, whom He loves, to save the world. 1 John 4:14.
Jesus remained faithful to His mission, and by His faithfulness, we were justified and have gained access, into God’s grace, by trusting Jesus. Romans 5:1 – 2. The same Jesus is also the firstborn from the dead. Because of our sin in the garden of Eden, we were dead in sin. “The sting of death is sin, and the sting of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:56 – 57. By His resurrection, Jesus Christ guarantees that all who accept Him as Savior, have His perfect and eternal life, here and now and forever.
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