By Brenda B Taylor
4 This letter is from John to the seven churches in the province of Asia. Grace and peace from the One who is, who always was, and who is still to come, from the sevenfold Spirit before His throne; 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the commander of all the rulers of the world. All praise to Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding His blood for us. 6 He has made us His Kingdom and His priests who serve before God His Father. Give to Him everlasting glory! He rules forever and ever! Amen! (NLT)
Jesus told John to write letters to the seven churches of the province of Asia. These churches were probably familiar with John’s writings since the apostle served as pastor of the church at Ephesus. The letters were addressed so they could be read in a systematic fashion following a Roman trade route. The number seven in the book of Revelation symbolizes completeness and perfection. Salvation’s story comes to a perfect ending in the great book.
The Trinity is addressed in the One who is, who always was, and who is still to come being the Father; the sevenfold Spirit being the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ being the Son. The Triune God was involved in creation in the book of Genesis, throughout the Bible, and in the last book of Revelation. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. God never changes. His plan for the salvation of mankind has not changed since creation began. Satan’s efforts have not thwarted or delayed God’s great plan. It will be carried out according to schedule. We can be sure John’s message is reliable and is God’s word to us.
All praise and glory belong to Jesus who loves us. We are freed from the bondage of sin through the shedding of His blood. Through His sacrifice, Jesus made His church a Kingdom of priests who have direct access to and serve the Father. What a great privilege – to enter into the Father’s presence with our petitions. The Great God of the Universe, Creator of All, allows me to come before Him. To God be the glory. Amen.