Applying the Lord’s Rich Supply for the Preparation of the Bride (4)

New JerusalemThe Lord begins each letter in Revelation 2–3 by describing Himself. He presents Himself as the solution to all the problems in the churches. The Lord ends each letter by telling us to hear what the Spirit says to all the churches, both then and now. We open to Him to cooperate with Him for the preparation of His bride. This post concludes this review of Revelation 2-3.

• The One who has the key of David (3:7):  Our Lord is the real David, the greater David. As man He is the Son of David and as God He is the Lord of David (Matt 22:41-46). The keys are in His hands, not ours.

• The One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens (3:7):  We should not try in ourselves to open or shut a door for the gospel, for our human future, or for anything else. We open to our Lord Jesus, submit to Him, and give Him thanks for His opening and shutting.

• The Amen, the faithful and true Witness (3:14):  “Amen” means faithful and true. Our Lord Jesus is the only person who is always faithful and always true. We desire to be but we often fail. He is the Witness, the Testimony, of God perfectly lived through a human being. Now He is our life to be faithful and true in us. The first two lines of a hymn* can be our prayer, Live Thyself, Lord Jesus, through me, For my very life art Thou.

• The beginning of the creation of God (3:14):  In Christ “all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and unto Him” (Colossians 1:16). He is the beginning of creation and the whole creation is “unto Him.” We need not worry about what is happening to creation but rather “set our mind on the things which are above” while awaiting the time “Christ our life is manifested” when we also “will be manifested with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:2-4).

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

* Hymn written by Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879). Complete words plus music here.

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  1. “Our Lord Jesus is the only person who is always faithful and always true. We desire to be but we often fail.” Amen! Our failures cause us to turn to our spirit and learn to live a life that is dependent on Him. Thank you for a timely reminder to always look to Him and take Him as our centrality and universality in our living.

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