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The Salutation

4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

John addresses seven literal churches in Asia that he has had personal relations with in their founding. He greets them in the name of God the Father, describing Him as “which is, and which was, and which is to come.” God is Spirit and is infinite; eternal; unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. These seven attributes are the seven spirits before the throne of God and are under the direction of Jesus Christ as He intercedes for the churches throughout the church age. Jesus will be seen as holding seven candlesticks or stars in his hand as He addresses the churches.

5 And from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

Jesus Christ is described here in three ways by John. “The faithful witness” refers to His ministry while Jesus was here on earth. “The first begotten of the dead” refers to the fact that no person had received a new glorified and resurrected body before Christ was resurrected. “Prince of the kings of the earth” shows that Jesus rules over all authority in all the world.

Jesus said there is no greater love than one that gives his life for another and that love is what Jesus showed to us as he gave His own life and died for us on the cross. This made a way for us to receive salvation from our sins through the shedding of the blood of Jesus washing our sins away.

6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

The shedding of His blood made the way for us to become co-heirs with Christ to become as new creatures in Christ and be literal kings and priest in God’s Kingdom. We are to reign with Jesus for all eternity.

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