Revelation 1:2 Our Decision and Our Environment

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Revelation 1:2 (NASB95): “who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.”

The subject of the Apocalypse is now given in more detail. When John saw the visions, the experience was none other than his witness of the Revelation from Jesus Christ about God’s plan and purpose for all time. John was imprisoned on the Island of Patmos, which was isolated and sparsely populated. You know how we all try to find that quiet time to study His Word, well, John got that on this island. It was definitely not part of society if the Roman Empire considered it a prison. The Apostle John, was put out of circulation for a reason.

All of us have had things happen in our lives that are good, bad, and ugly. In recent times there have been more ugly stories of life-changing events related to work, our social life, financial situations, and so on. John must have been wondering, “Why me? Why the Island of Patmos?” Most of us also wonder why, but John did get his answer and it didn’t take long to find out what it was.

You see, the scripture is given to John in a supernatural event in which he must perceive, understand, and faithfully record in the proper sequence. That must have been tough, but I do think John understood why he was on the Island of Patmos. God, through supernatural methods, utilized the Holy Spirit, who directed the human writers of scripture and this included the Apostle John. In the process of inspiration, the individual Apostle’s personality, will, style of writing, and other human factors were never superseded. His volition and freewill remained intact during this time.

The message is still the mind of Christ. No human being created the Canon of scripture from his own thinking – all of it came from the mind of Christ, utilizing the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21 (NASB95) says, “But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”

Was the Apostle John teleported or beamed up? We will never know. The mechanics of what happened is a distraction because it detours us from the subject of where we got the scriptures. Where did they come from? The scriptures came from all three members of the God-head – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God the Father is the author of the plan. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” That’s why the Bible is called the “Word of God.”

The main subject of the Bible is Christ Jesus. In 1 Corinthians 2:16 it says, “For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.” The Word is God the Father, which is the mind of Christ transmitted through the ministry of God the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 3:7 “Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE… “” The Bible is the voice of the Spirit. Our Father places the highest possible value on the scriptures. Psalm 138:2 “I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your loving kindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.”

The Word of God has subjects and categories called doctrines that mingle, intertwine, and connect throughout the Bible. Whether scriptures are in the Old Testament or New Testament, they are in sync. I think of all our electronic gadgets today – a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, Kindle, tablet, our big screen tv, etc., and trying to sync all these items is really a problem. Then you add these massive databases compiled by companies that are supposed to keep our devices in sync, but they end up with garbage in and garbage out (GIGO) and result in skewed outcomes. It can cause us to be declined, victimized, or in other cases, disappointed and inconvenienced. The Bible is really the first document that was ever synced. You look at the writers, the ages, and the customs it was written in and you can’t help having a great appreciation for the “Word of God.”

Why would God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit initiate such an endeavor as having the Canon of scripture in one book available to us? It’s for our spiritual growth that we’re commanded to know Him. Colossians 2:6-7 “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” The purpose is to build up our faith in Him by understanding the mind of Christ.

A brother-in-law of mine (love him dearly) and I were in a conversation concerning the Bible. He’s a very mature believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and I popped out the question, “What is doctrine?” The answer that came back in an instant was “Do’s and Don’ts.” That is startling to me and it happened many years ago, but is firmly imprinted on my brain. When you hear the word doctrine, it may have a negative connotation, but put that aside for a moment. Doctrine is an accumulated category or subject throughout the Bible itself. The Bible is really a history of God’s thoughts concerning His Son given throughout human history. Through this divine revelation He has given us an instruction book from which we learn His will and purpose for us and the human race. Studying the scriptures by categories and subjects helps us understand, through the Spirit, what His will is. It’s our instruction book from Him — God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The Apostle John starts verse 2 with the premise that this is a testimony, a legal document.

Revelation 1:2 (NASB95): “who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.”

So the real question to you and I, “Would we be willing to put ourselves out of circulation?” God’s will vs your will – which is it? That’s a tough one. How do we go about doing that? For the Apostle John, this dramatic event came in a judicial break-the-law kind of way – very public and demeaning. Publicly yanked out of society, dumped on an island with extremely limited resources then God the Son says, “WRITE!” What Apostle John wrote ended up being a book of the greatest mystery ever written and it continues to be read thousands of years later. But it’s only a mystery for those who don’t have the key or don’t bother to study it. Like so many others, are you going to let this book of Revelation remain a mystery? Or are you going to find that key, unlock the mysteries of the universe, the world of human kind and answer why a perfect God devised such a perfect plan of action? May God be with you!

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