I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
It is debated among scholars as to who “John” is. Though I have read most say it is John the Apostle. I would tend to agree with this. John identifies himself here as a “brother and companion” He starts his testimony in humility. John does not claim to be above the church or some kind of super-saint; rather he is like us, relating to God as a son. He is a simple man who has given all to Jesus.
In the same way Paul communicated his credentials to be an apostolic voice through his suffering for the gospel; I believe that John is doing the same thing here. I also believe that he is intending to encourage the body of Christ with his own testimony. Hearing of someone suffering for the gospel always stirs me up and emboldens me; and how much more for those who are suffering for the gospel.
This verse challenges me with the question “how surrendered am I to the Lord’s will.” Here is a man that gave up his “earthly rights” for Jesus. He lived as one who is a citizen of the kingdom of heaven. He was a real human being that did not have super powers, but was made of the same stuff as you and me. By the grace of God it can be said of me that I am a companion of tribulation and kingdom and walking in the patience of Jesus Christ; to be a man that does not cower away from sharing the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus. Oh let it be Lord! May I be fully given to you in this life!
Zack Roberts — zackroberts.blog
Prayer Director at Ember