Jesus was the first one to walk in the power and authority of God. We follow Him today because our spirit connects with the Holy Spirit who shows us that He is the WAY (John 14:6). He is our foundation; the first born from the dead; the tried corner stone that took judgment and gave us righteousness as we are now one with Him (Isaiah 28:16-17).
Chapter Three begins with John writing to the angel or messenger of the church in Sardis. The word Sardis means "red." Biblically, the color "red" is connected to "Adam" and our humanistic character. This church is another piece of the whole body of Christ. It too has areas to overcome.
In Revelation 1:20 Jesus addresses his body as seven churches, and says there is a mystery within. God does not keep mysteries a secret, but is telling us that in order for us to understand it, the mystery must be revealed with the mind of Christ and not with the natural mind.
We have been discussing in the previous lessons that the Book of Revelation shows us how God does not add more to us to reveal Jesus, but removes more of "self" so that Christ is seen in us. The only way for "self" to be removed is to recognize the finished work done on Calvary.
Verse 7 tells us that He comes with clouds. When we read "behold" anywhere in scripture, it is important to stop and ponder what is written. It is placed there to emphasize and help us understand that this is a spiritual message, not literal. The word "come" is really the word "appears" in the original. The word "with" is really "in the midst of." Jesus appears in the midst of clouds. These clouds are not literal clouds in the sky, but witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are over-comers
In the very first verse of the Book of Revelation, we are given the key to understanding the rest of the book. The word "revelation" means the disclosure of truth concerning things before known. It also means that things that were hidden before are NOW made known to all.
The Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation. What he wrote is the revelation of Jesus Christ, not revelations. There have been several views of how this book can be interpreted. Each view has its own interpretation...