A DECISIVE PERSON Revelation 1:2
A SPECIFIC ENDORSEMENT Who bare record of the word of God and of the
OUR SUPPORT Who bare record of the word of God
To “bare record” is all one word in the Greek. The antidote “bare in mind” means we support an idea. We hold a thought in our memory. When we “bare record” we are confirming it as a fact by our voice or writing. To “bare record” is to admit our personal conviction of the impact of, and our delight in God’s Word.
The Book of Revelation can look like a struggle to understand. The exterior emerges as an intangible jungle of symbols and figures in a variety of representations. Its complexity is not a reason to avoid it. The difficulty and intricacy is a challenged to muse deeper into the riches that are expressed. Like the entire Bible, Revelation is alive and powerful and a treasures for exploration.
We need a deeper encounter with the Lord. We want His presence and need Him surrounding our consciousness. Meditation on every Word is our spiritual food and life force.
His Word needs to become our Logos, our Ethos and our Pathos. Aristotle used these three Greek terms in describing a relationship with philosophy. These words are more fitting to a descriptive relationship of the Living and Written Word.
As we contemplate on His Word we’re asking Him to change our ethos (personality & character) our pathos (passions & feelings) with God’s Logos, the living power of His Word.
Life is full of drudgery but God’s Word defines the meaning of our daily grind.
OUR SAVIOR and of the testimony of Jesus Christ,
OUR SHOW and of all things that he saw.
Every day is a new opportunity to experience walking with Jesus Christ our Lord. He reveals to us the attraction of His mystic of anticipation. This vivid account of “all things that He” reveals is evidence of His special individual love in our lives. It’s not a false expectation to look for His presence as our daily happening. To expect His imminent return is a detail He encourages.
Is the “testimony of Jesus and all that John saw” appropriate in the context of our present times? Things are rapidly changing around us. Everything in our culture can appear so massive and binding. But the testimony of Jesus is the power of God unto salvation.
The prayer in Ephesians 1:18 asks, “that we may know” the personal impact of “the exceeding greatness of His power to us who believe”. God gives us power. He works in us and through us.
We are easily lulled to sleep by our sense of weakness and what appears to be the impossibility of our culture’s decline. We can feel like Gulliver who falls asleep only to wake and find he has been tied down by the Lilliputians with thousands of tiny strands.
When they bound Samson with new rope in Judges 15 and delivered him to the Philistines, the Spirit of the Lord came on him and he broke the rope like straw in a fire. Then he took a jawbone and killed 1000 Philistines. Later on Samson compromised and was soothed into a deep sleep and separated from God’s power in his life. He was tied down and captured until he called again to God’s power. We are not to feel so incapable in our surroundings. The testimony of Jesus is the power that overcomes.