Revelation 1:1-8

  1. Trace in verses 1 and 2 the course of the ‘revelation’ from its source in the mind of God by four successive steeps to us who read and receive it. How is it described in its content, character and value, and what is required in those who read or hear it? Cf. Luke 11:28.
  2. Observe the place given to Jesus Christ in relation to God, and consider each title given to him in verse 5a. Cf. John 3:11, 32, 33; 18:37; Col. 1:18; Rev. 19:11-16. How does John describe Christ’s attitude to us, and what he has done for us? Cf. John 13:1 Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 2:9.
  3. With 1:7, cf. Dan. 7:13 and Acts 1:9-11. Is the thought of Christ’s coming a joy to you? Cf. 6:15-17; 1 Thess. 4:15-18; 5:1-4; 2 Thess. 1:7-10.

Notes

  1. Verse 1. ‘The revelation of Jesus Christ’: i.e., communicated by him, and intended not to mystify but to disclose.
  2. Verse 3. ‘The one who reads’: i.e., the one who reads this book aloud to his fellow-believers. ‘This prophecy’: a significant claim. Cf. 22:7, 10, 18, 19.
  3. Verse 4. ‘The seven spirits’; i.e., the Spirit in his sevenfold fullness.
  4. Verse 5. ‘The faithful witness’: this includes the thought of martyrdom. Cf. 1 Tim. 6:13. Note the sequence- death, resurrection, enthronement.