John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,
It is helpful to understand the Lord’s intent in providing us with the prophecy in this book. Jesus’ desire is to give grace (divine empowerment to walk in righteousness) and peace to His Church under the pressures of persecution, deceitfulness, temptation, and revival. He imparts grace and peace through the revelation of Jesus. For us to receive what He has for us is more than knowing words in a book, but it is letting these words hook into our hearts, taking us deeper into the knowledge of Jesus. He is our anchor through the storm. Throughout this chapter we are presented with diverse and powerful descriptions of Jesus that are unpacked throughout the rest of the book of Revelation. In these descriptions we behold Jesus; the Bridegroom, King, and Judge. God wants to make it clear to our hearts that Jesus is a passionate bridegroom in love and fighting for His bride, He is the victorious king, and that He is going to judge all men. He is not just any man; He is one with the Father. He is fully man and fully God; therefore He alone is able lead His Church in victory. He is the one who always was, always is, and always will be. He is unchanging and unmoved by events of the past, present, or future. He will never be overthrown and His way will prevail. Within Himself are the seven spirits of God. He possesses the sevenfold ministry of the spirit; which is the fullness of diverserty in His ability to actively establish His kingdom on the earth that will see no end.
Written by Zack Roberts