John the Apostle
The apostle John was commissioned to write to the seven churches. Village Bible Church must also receive the Revelation of Jesus Christ through the apostle John.
- John introduces himself - 9
- John has apostolic authority - 2 Peter 3:2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior
- John relates himself to other believers as both a brother and a companion.
- The term brother identifies his relationship and equality with all other believers in the family of God - Matthew 23:8 But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren.
- The term companion identifies his sharing and togetherness with all other believers in the Christian life - Matthew 23:9–12
- Like a brother, John shares in the Christian life.
- This figure of speech links the three words together (Mat 6:13 For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.)
- In Christ believers will endure tribulation, persecution, and suffering waiting for the kingdom of God - Acts 14:22
- John was imprisoned on the island of Patmos as a criminal.
- John’s crime was his uncompromising stand on the truth of the word of God and the truth of Jesus Christ.
- John is introduced to the risen Christ - 10–11
- The Lord’s day is the regular meeting day for the churches on the first day of the week - 1 Corinthians 16:1–2 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.
- The phrase “in the Spirit” must refer to that special state in which the Holy Spirit consumes a believer for His task. We should not assume that this is a common occurrence among believers (Exo 31:3; 1Sa 16:13; Eze 2:2; Act 11:5).
- Jesus commanded John to write down what he saw. It has been estimated that the book of Revelation could fit on a single scroll fifteen feet long.
- Jesus commanded John to send the writing to seven churches.
- These were seven literal, historical, local churches in Asia Minor.
- These seven churches do not represent phases of church history.
- These seven churches possess characteristics that can exist variously in different degrees in any local church today.
Village Bible Church must stand with the seven churches, with John, and with Christ!
The Apostle John
Topics: The Church