The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John.
Revelation 1:1 (NKJV)
Often, we view the first few verses of a book of the Bible as fluff or generic set-up material—much like we view the opening to a modern-day letter: “To Whom It May Concern, blah blah blah…”—okay, let’s get to the good stuff!
When we make this assumption with Scripture, however, we miss important preliminary details—especially here in the book of Revelation. The very first verse of chapter 1 (seen above) contains critical foundational information that is easy to overlook.
We learn from this opening verse of Revelation how the message of the book was transmitted. It came directly from the Father, was given to the Son, who then gave the message to angel, who was to give it to John so he could record it for us—his servants. It’s like a divine game of telephone—except we have received the information accurately! Nothing was lost in transmission from the heart of God to his people.
Have you noticed that some truths (such as the concept of salvation by faith in Christ) are easy enough that a child can understand them, while other Biblical truths take work and effort to understand? It takes time to find treasure, but it is always worth it! God wants his own to seek truth and to seek Him! With the help of the Holy Spirit and some basic fundamental prerequisites (such as believing the Bible is God’s Word), the book of Revelation can be understood AND we can grow in Christ through the process!
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