ASV: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show unto his servants, even the things which must shortly come to pass: and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John;
DNT: Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to shew to his bondmen what must shortly take place; and he signified [it], sending by his angel, to his bondman John,
YLT: A revelation of Jesus Christ, that God gave to him, to shew to his servants what things it behoveth to come to pass quickly; and he did signify it, having sent through his messenger to his servant John
KJV: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.
NRSV: The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place; he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John
NIV: The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John
NLT This is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him concerning the events that will happen soon. An angel was sent to God’s servant John so that John could share the revelation with God’s other servants.
NKJV: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John.
ISVNT: This is the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the things that must happen soon. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John
KJV: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John
All these translations agree that this final book of the Bible canon is a revelation of a person. By spiritual symbols the nature and purpose of Jesus Christ is revealed.
Christ is revealing Himself. The scriptures reveal four stages in the revelation of Christ.
1. He reveals Himself to us.
2. He reveals Himself in us.
3. He reveals Himself as us.
4. He reveals Himself through or out from us.
When Christ reveals Himself to us, we begin by seeing him as an external Christ. As the man Jesus walking the shores of Galilee, who died on a cross, was buried, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven. First a revelation to us of Jesus Christ as God’s Son, born of a virgin, of a life and walk here upon this earth for thirty-three and a half years, a baptism by John in the river Jordan. How the heavens opened to Him, the Holy Spirit came upon Him and the Father witnessed by a voice from heaven that this was His beloved Son. How He went about doing good, healing all that were oppressed, casting out devils, raising the dead, for God was with Him. He went to the cross of Calvary and there tasted death for every man. God raised Him from the dead, declaring Him to be the Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness. When one encounters this glorified Christ of God, when we receive Him into our heart and life, our spirit is quickened by His Spirit we receive a supernatural revelation of the life, reality, glory and power of this person. The divine mystery of God’s love, redeeming favour and omniscient purpose hidden in the person of Jesus Christ the Son of the living God becomes clear. This is the beginning or the revelation of Jesus Christ “TO” us.
By the revelation of Jesus Christ “in” us we discover another dimension. We find that Christ is not out in space somewhere but here within our own reality. God is omnipresent but in our new awakening that Jesus is the Christ we become aware of God in us. A startling realization that we are the “temple” of God and the
of Christ. Within this temple we learn to know Him as He is
(2 Cor 6:16 NRSV) For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
(1 Cor 12:27 NRSV) Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
Awareness of ourselves as a “location” is the beginning of God choosing to break forth in the temple (our awakened spirit) to express and manifest Himself in personality. We become an extension and projection of the invisible God. He integrates Himself into our lives, not as a separate entity within our personality, but in the union of life. He has become the essence of the being within.
To Paul the Holy Spirit gave the understanding of the transcendent significance of Christ in his life, and so he said: ” I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me” The life within him was not his own; it but the life of another. Christ the anointed not only lived in Paul—Christ lived as Paul. The personality of Jesus Christ had now replaced and become the personality of Paul. This, it could be said is the only true reincarnation in the universe. The body of Christ is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Why should we seek any other reincarnation.
(Gal 2:20 NRSV) and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
THROUGH AND OUT OF FROM US
(Rom 8:19 NIV) The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.
This will reveal the “new man” to creation as the Corporate Son of God in the earth. The whole creation is standing , earnestly expecting and waiting with great anticipation the manifestation of God’s sons. The sons of God are the sons of love, for God is love. The manifestation of the sons/daughters of God is the full and complete expression of the love of God through a many-membered body to all the earth. When manifested son-ship comes the world will be unable to resist the unconditional omnipotent love. Such love breaks down every barrier, it conquers every will and melts every heart. There has never been such a people on this planet. For three and a half years there was one person. God is raising up the life of His Son in a people. He is bringing this life to maturity in the sons of God. When the work in His called out elect is complete, all hypocrisy will be put away, all religiosity will be renounced and purged by the all-consuming fire of God, all self-righteousness will be abandoned, all selfishness will be forsaken, all ulterior motives will be discarded, all gimmickry will cease, every manifestation of the flesh and of the carnal, religious mind will forever disappear from the life of each and every son of the Most High; the Lord alone will be seen in that day in all of His unsurpassable beauty, in all His boundless glory, in all His omnipotent power, through the transformed lives of the manifested sons of God.
All creation will respond to this universal outpouring of God’s love, goodness and grace. Every person that has ever lived, does live, or shall ever live, will come into God’s great and eternal kingdom—
The book of the final Gospel of the Lord reveals Jesus Christ as the composite anointed one. To seek understanding is a spiritual journey, a walk led by the Spirit and is only a reality to the bond servant willing to be led.
The Seven Assemblies of Asia … Introductory Discussion
(Rev. 1:11,20).”What you see, write in a book, and send it to the seven assemblies which are in Asia… the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lamp-stands. The seven stars are the messengers of the seven Assemblies and the seven lamp-stands which you saw are the seven assemblies”
(Rev 1:11 NIV) which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven Assemblies to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”