Revelation Chapter 1 – Key to Understanding Jesus Christ – Overview

Revelation Chapter 1 – Key to Understanding Jesus Christ – Overview

Revelation Chapter 1 – Key to Understanding Jesus Christ: Part 1

This post is the first of a multi-post series on Revelation Chapter 1.  Revelation Chapter 1Revelation Chapter 1 - Key to Understanding Jesus Christ. gives us many clues about the entire book of Revelation and about understanding the importance of knowing Jesus Christ.

Revelation Chapter 1 – Key to Understanding Jesus Christ: My Goal

My goal is not to force people to believe everything I say, but my goal is to get people to search the scriptures that they might know Jesus Christ in a greater way.

For those who don’t know Jesus, I pray that they may gain a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For those that already know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, I pray that they may be spurred into a deeper knowledge and fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation Chapter 1 – Key to Understanding Jesus Christ: Check Everything Against the Scripture

The Bible tells us to check what anyone tells us against the scriptures.  He even called those in Berea more noble for receiving the word and checking what Apostle Paul said against the scriptures.  I certainly hope you check everything I say against the scriptures.

Although none of us has perfect knowledge of the word of God, we can know the things that God shows us through his word.  That is why it’s important to check everything against the scriptures in the Bible.

  • Acts 17:10-11, “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so.”

Revelation Chapter 1 – Key to Understanding Jesus Christ: A Confession

I must confess at one time the Revelation of Jesus Christ was one of my least favorite books of the Bible. I had been told that no one could understand the book of Revelations.

Revelation Chapter 1 – Key to Understanding Jesus Christ: Other Claims

Others, who claimed to understand Revelations, focused on terror, destruction, and mayhem. Many of their accounts were not consistent with the rest of the scriptures in the Bible which led to confusion and fear of the things of this world…even for Christians. Very little was revealed about God’s love through Jesus Christ, God’s amazing plan for mankind, and God’s way of revealing himself in a more personal way to his people.

Revelation Chapter 1 – Key to Understanding Jesus Christ: A Breakthrough

I had to force myself to read the Revelation of Jesus Christ until one day I read and understood Revelation Chapter 1 verse 3.

  • Revelation 1:3, “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.”

It is apparent that God wants his children (servants) to understand the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Revelation Chapter 1 – Key to Understanding Jesus Christ: Not a Book unto itself

The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is not a book unto itself. It must be viewed in the light of the entire body of scriptures in the Bible. It is the climax of God’s plan for his children through Jesus Christ. There is no true understanding without knowing Jesus Christ, and Jesus is revealed throughout the scriptures in the entire Bible. Jesus said:

  • John 5:39-40, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”

Revelation Chapter 1 – Key to Understanding Jesus Christ: Why is it Important to Know Jesus Christ?

Why is it important to know Jesus? Because it is in knowing Jesus and the Father that we can have eternal life.

  • John 17:1-3, “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son may also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. An this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

A person might ask, “Well, can’t I have eternal life by just knowing the Father?” The answer is no. There is no way to the Father but through Jesus Christ the Savior of the world.

  • John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
  • I John 5:10-12, “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
  • Proverbs 21:30, “There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.”
  • Psalms 105:1-3, “O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
  • John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

Revelation Chapter 1 – Key to Understanding Jesus Christ: God Loves His People

Our Lord Jesus is not waiting to smash us when we fail. He is telling his people, “I love you, seek me and I will answer.”

  • Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
  • Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Revelation Chapter 1 – Key to Understanding Jesus Christ: Calling Sinners to Repent

God is not waiting to hammer sinners, but is waiting for them to repent and turn to him that he might show them his great mercy and grace!

  • Jeremiah 26:13, “Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.”
  • II Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Revelation Chapter 1 – Key to Understanding Jesus Christ: Who is God Talking To?

Jesus is very specific in who he calls. These are the people he is calling:

Jesus calls the lost sheep of Israel.

  • Matthew 10:6-7, “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Jesus call the Gentiles.

  • Romans 2:9-11, “Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also the Gentile: But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.

Jesus calls those of all nations.

  • Romans 1:5-6, “By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ.”

No one is exempted from the call to the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

God, the Father has ordained Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah Savior, Lord God, to the Jew, the Savior, Lord God, to the Gentile, and the Savior, Lord God, to the ends of the earth. He will save all who repent and come to him. There is none excepted. He doesn’t care who you are; he doesn’t care what you’ve done. Repent and come to him and he is waiting to love you and give you his righteousness and give you eternal life through Jesus Christ. For Jesus is the only way to eternal life. There is no other way.

  • John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
  • John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Revelation Chapter 1 – Key to Understanding Jesus Christ: My Prayer

It is my sincere prayer that all who read these words will repent of their sins and diligently seek the Lord Jesus Christ that they may receive the blessing of eternal life that only comes through the only Son of God, Jesus Christ.

In Christ;
J-me
Copyright 2011 J-me

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