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PostSubject: Revelation Chapter 1 (Part 3) (verses 5b - 6)   Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:42 pm

Revelation Chapter 1 (Part 3) (verses 5b - 6)

We are now looking at the doxology in verse 5: "To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, [6] and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen."  The "him" of course, is Jesus.  The last part says "to him be glory and power," which again speaks to Jesus’ deity.  Of the four gospel writers, the Apostle John stresses Jesus' deity the most. This is John himself speaking.  Verses 1-7 are all John's words. His words will soon be interrupted by Jesus speaking.  A doxology means giving praise to God.  John gives us several reasons why we ought to praise Jesus and why he is worthy of our praise.  John says that he loves us (present tense).  He loved us (past tense) when he died for us on the cross—and he continues to love us present tense and throughout eternity because the bible says that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:39).  

The doxology says two things about our nature.  Firstly, we have been freed from sin.  I'm not going to get too much about it here, but the bible says that we have a new nature that has been set free from sin.  Romans 6:7 says, "...because anyone who has died has been freed from sin."  Sin used to own you before you knew Christ.  Now the Spirit owns you and you are no longer held to the standards of sin or the law.  God gave you emancipation papers in Christ.  He gave you power to overcome all sin and to be overcomers.  We still sometimes fall to sin because the only sin that is left in us resides in our flesh or bodies, it'll take only leaving your body (when you physically die) to be fully without sin.  And one day God is going to raise up new perfect bodies for us.  Secondly, concerning our current nature, the doxology says that He made us a kingdom and priests.  The word "kingdom" has several overlying meanings, but here it refers to God's heavenly agenda on this Earth and in history. We will later see that the Kingdom of Heaven is a reward that the faithful and overcomers inherit.  It goes on to say that we were made priests.  He gave us priestly rights to enter the holy of holies.  In fact, the holy of holies has entered you because you are the temple of God.  We can be called priests because Jesus made us righteous.  He gave us His righteousness.  1 Peter 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation..."  You have a new identity.  You are no longer a "sinner" if you believe in Jesus.  Don’t miss perhaps the biggest point of verse 5: we were created and freed from sin "to serve."  God did not save us to watch other people serve Him.  He gave you and I a purpose: to serve.  Ephesians 2:10 says that we were created to do good works. We will pick back up at verse 7.
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