Hebrews ,11 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness…. New International Version Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; New Living Translation We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.
English Standard Version Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, Berean Study Bible Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Berean Literal Bible And not only so , but also we glory in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; New American Standard Bible And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; New King James Version And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; King James Bible And not only so , but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; Christian Standard Bible And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, Contemporary English Version But that's not all!
We gladly suffer, because we know that suffering helps us to endure. We also brag when we are suffering.
Revelation 1 – Introduction; A Vision of Jesus
Matthew Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you. I have always had deep feelings and knowings. What I discovered this week at 38 is that my visions have been coming from both God amd Satan. The reason I am here is I had a vison I was in this great courtroom. It was all marble. He never spoke. He placed a crown on my head. It was small and gold and fit more for a princess. It has a red ruby in the center that projected images out from the crown.
Like I said i wasnt religious. I never heard of the crowns or anything. Years later as I am sharing with a devout christain she leads me here and to the 5 crowns. I had goose bumps when I read crown of glory. When I was 23 amd a waitress a blind man once told me I had a beautiful crown of glory…When I askes him what he meant he said my hair…that it was beautiful. That always resonated with me. Fast forward 15 years and I remeber him sayimg this. The very next day is when I read of these crowns. Tho my life has been beyond troubled and I have sinned in terrible waya I have always keep a heart of gold.
Ive been told by many I should teach and counsel. I write poetry that makes even the strongest man cry. I have this vast understanding of the human condition. I never had children. Tho I feel like I mother and nurture all those around me. People come to me often. Even strangers. They tell me their secrets. And ask for my help. I just dont know what im supposed to do. Just 4 weeks ago God put a sword in my forehead.
It was a sword of battle. As he has come to me once. He stood behind me. I could not see him. I felt his large presence behind me.
They were so heavy. The vibration was differsnt in the room as well. God will use you to help and encourage others in their quest for God…go forward into this your new Destiny….. Yes, they do matter, but not as in a reward sense. True, they are not real rewards, but they give recognition to the achievements that people do. This truly is biblical. For example as refrencing to the four horseman, they may very well come on their respective horses, or in some other way.
Also, We are Rightous in Christ, but only in Christ. Think of it this way. This is because the crown of rightousness refers to the first Adam as in the garden of Eden, where he was like untested holiness, where he did eventually sin and lose his holiness. But Christ, the second Adam, was Holy because he retained his holiness and did not fall into temptation. This is what Jesus will reward the crown of rightousness for, for doing our best to remain as holy as possible. I read your statement of faith, and so I am sure that your intent was not to imply that a human can get another human saved.
But I worry that for the average person that might not yet possess a good understanding of salvation, that they might understand such phrases as implying exactly that. I pray that your work through this platform help many come to the understanding of salvation through Jesus Christ, so that we may all rejoice together with them in the presence of our Savior.
Nowhere in 1 Corinthians 3 does speak of receiving any crowns. Paul says his Crown of Rejoicing is his brethren, those that came to Christ. Look at the names of the crowns. Christ is life. John Will we not receive incorruptible bodies? Do we already not have an incorruptible spirit? Are we not filled with live and joy?
Do we not gather to rejoice in the finished work of Jesus Christ? Do we not know how phrases and concepts of the Old Testament are stressed in the New Testament, especially by Paul the former Pharisee? Is all of Revelation to be taken in a literal fashion? Do you really expect Death and Hell to ride on a green horse??? Read everything in context. My pastor believes this. Much like the Rapture doctrine, it is was taught and believed, but Scripture does not support it. Well said! Not by works for we are His workmanship! To God be all the glory!
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What a wonderful explanation, thank you very much. Your once saved always saved doctrine is an afront to Jesus cross. Do not excuse a real Christian? You have some nerve to write about their type of crown. Saved from a horrible eternity, we are not saved from our sins. Matthew Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of God, but everyone who does the will of my father in heaven.
Secondly, we are saved from our sins by the blood of Jesus, if we appropriate that which he did at Calvary Pls read. I John ….. You are correct.
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The false teaching that once saved always saved is not from the Bible. There are so many bible verses that dispute this false teaching. I loved reading this article! I am so thankful for the God we serve!! Jesus is the only way to hope for eternity and an eternity with a loving and forgiving God. The bible does say there is no one righteous. But look at it in the context with which it is written.
We will receive the crowns that the author is talking of here, through the deeds which we do on this earth. We are tested every day. He sees all we do. If we choose to continue — knowingly- walking in sinful lusts and desires after we have accepted Jesus, then what we are really saying is that Jesus going to the cross was of no benefit or effect to us in this life or our salvation. We must seek to do good, in all things, caring for others. If not, you are strattling the fence.
We are either for God or against. Yes, we make mistakes, but repentance leads us into more righteousness for His sake. When we walk with Him, He guides us in all things. Anew marie I disagree. Firstable, I agree that the crown of righteousnes is for those who love his coming, but is it possible to earn this crown by loving Jesus coming but, not living a righteous life?
I do not agree. This would seem way too easy to obtain. However always doing what is right all the time is not so easy. I can hardly realize that this is seriously meant. Yet for years, history has been on the brink of the consummation of all things , running parallel to the edge, not running towards a distant brink. The idea is not that the event may occur soon, but that when it does, it will be sudden.
He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John : This describes how the message is delivered in the Book of Revelation. It is a book of signs: the angel sign -ified this message to John. It is a book that communicates in signs. It is true that the signs used in Revelation have been a source of confusion or controversy for some readers. Yet the signs are necessary because John expresses things of heaven, which Paul said he heard with inexpressible words 2 Corinthians John described things he saw, so he could only use symbolic images to explain it. To us, this book is prophecy, but John simply recorded history unfolding before him, as he saw it.
The signs are also necessary because there is tremendous power in symbolic language. It is one thing to call someone or something evil or bad, but it is far more vivid to describe the image of a woman drunk with the blood of the saints Revelation Though it is filled with signs, the Book of Revelation is accessible to those who have an understanding of the first 65 books of the Bible, and especially an understanding of the first 39 books of the Bible, the Old Testament.
II. LETTERS TO THE CHURCHES OF ASIA
The Book of Revelation is rooted in the Old Testament. It was His servant John , and the best evidence points to this being the Apostle John, the same writer of the Gospel of John and the books of 1, 2, and 3 John. By His angel : Many of the signs and visions of the Book of Revelation came to John through the supervision of an angel Revelation , , to , and are some examples. Who bore witness to the word of God : In this prologue, we see John knew this book was Holy Scripture, the word of God.
We sometimes wonder if the apostlic authors of the New Testament knew they wrote Holy Scripture. At least in this case, John knew. He knew it was Holy Scripture because he called it a revelation from God.
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He knew it came from the Father through Jesus, and not from any mere human. He knew it was the Holy Scripture because he called it the word of God, as an Old Testament prophet would say. He also called it the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. Blessed is he who reads… and keep those things which are written in it : The Book of Revelation offers a particular and unique blessing to those who read and keep the message of this book. This is the first of seven beatitudes of Revelation Revelation , , , , , , and Because they neglect the book Revelation, many people miss this blessing.
For example, the Anglican Church virtually omits Revelation in its regular schedule of readings for both public worship and private devotions. This is a typical attitude towards the Book of Revelation. Many people believe that only fanatics want to dig deep into this book, but really, it is a book for anyone who wants to be blessed. Blessed is he who reads… and keep those things which are written in it : This promise gives more reasons to know John believed this book was Holy Scripture.
First, the words he who reads and those who hear show that this book was intended to be read publicly, just as other books of accepted Scripture. Second, the promise of blessing itself shows that John regarded this book as Holy Scripture. In the Jewish world, such a blessing could never be pronounced on a merely human book. All of these things together show that beyond doubt, the Book of Revelation claims to be Holy Scripture. Keep those things which are written in it : The Book of Revelation gives us much more than information for prophetic speculation.
It gives us things to keep. If we understand the Book of Revelation, it will change the way we live. He who reads : This is in the singular. It speaks of one person who reads. It speaks of many people hearing. The idea is probably from custom of the early church, where attention was given to the public reading of Scripture, which was often then explained. Since so much controversy has risen over the interpretation of the Book of Revelation, it is helpful to know the four basic approaches people have used through the centuries to understand Revelation.
In the Preterist view, the Book of Revelation was for then. The Historicist View : This approach believes that Revelation is a sweeping, disordered panorama of all church history. In the Historicist view, Revelation is full of symbols that describe now.
So they believed that Revelation spoke of their time, without necessarily speaking to the end times. Revelation is a book of personal meaning. In the Futurist view, Revelation is a book that mainly describes the end times. Which approach is correct? Each one is true in some regard. It speaks to church history. And it does have meaning for our personal life. We can know the Book of Revelation speaks with clarity about the end times because of two central principles drawn from Revelation First, we believe that the Book of Revelation must mean something. This is a book that Jesus gave to show His servants something.
It has a promise of blessing, not a promise of confusion. Secondly, we believe that Revelation definitely claims to contain predictive prophecy. John made it clear: things which must shortly take place… the time is near. John wrote about events that were still future to him. John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
To the seven churches which are in Asia : This letter was originally addressed to these seven selected churches of Asia. This was the Roman province of Asia , which is the western part of modern day Turkey. From Him who is and who was and who is to come : John brought a greeting from God the Father , who is described with this title.
Him who is and who was and who is to come speaks to the eternal nature of God. It has the idea of a timeless Being, and is connected with the name Yahweh found in the Old Testament Exodus The construction of who is, who was and who is to come is intentionally awkward in the ancient Greek. It seems that John searched for a phrase to communicate the Old Testament idea of Yahweh. It is never enough to just say that God is , or to just say that He was , or to just say that He is to come.
As Lord over eternity, He rules the past, the present, and the future. Yet it seems that John focused on God the Father with this title because he specifically mentioned God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in the following words of this verse. From the seven Spirits who are before His throne : John brought a greeting from God the Holy Spirit , who is described with this title. The seven Spirits who are before His throne speaks to the perfection and completion of the Holy Spirit. John used an Old Testament description of the Holy Spirit. The idea of the seven Spirits quotes from the Old Testament.
Isaiah describes seven aspects of the Holy Spirit: The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding , the Spirit of counsel and might , the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. From Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth : John brought a greeting from God the Son , who is described by who He is and by what He has done. The ancient Greek word translated witness is also the word for a martyr. Firstborn from the dead means much more than that Jesus was the first person resurrected.
It also means that He is pre-eminent among all those who are or will be resurrected. Jesus is the firstborn among many brethren Romans The use of firstborn does not mean that Jesus had a birth date and is therefore a created being, and not God. Rabbis also used firstborn as a Messianic title. Nathan in Shemoth Rabba , cited by Lightfoot in his commentary on Colossians.
Jesus is the ruler over the kings. Before the Book of Revelation is over, Jesus will take dominion over every earthly king. At the present time, Jesus rules a kingdom, but it is a kingdom that is not yet of this world. In this greeting, with its systematic mention of each Person of the Trinity, we see how the New Testament presents the doctrine of the Trinity. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. To Him who loved us : What a beautiful title for Jesus!
When loved is used, in the past tense , it points back to a particular time and place where Jesus loved us. It looks back to the cross. This is worth praising Jesus about. Paul put it like this in Romans But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He may give additional proof, but He can give no greater proof. No wonder many believers are not secure in knowing the love of Jesus towards them — they look to their present circumstances to measure His love.
Instead, they need to look back to the cross, settle the issue once for all, and give praise to Jesus, to Him who loved us. And washed us from our sins in His own blood : This is what happened when Jesus loved us at the cross. He washed us — cleansed us from the deep stain of sin, so that we really are clean before Him. If we understand our own deep sinfulness, this seems almost too good to be true. We can stand clean before God — clean from the deepest of stains.
No wonder the same Apostle John also wrote, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness 1 John In His own blood : If there were any other way to wash us from our sins, God would have done it that other way. To wash us in His own blood meant the ultimate sacrifice of God the Son. How readily they will enter upon war! But Christ was willing to shed his own blood, to pour out his soul unto death, that we might be saved.
Notice the order: first loved , then washed. He loved us while we were dirty, but then He washed us. In fact, washing proves love. If you had an old pair of pants, and got them covered in paint, you would only wash them and keep them for two reasons. First, you might wash them and keep them if you were poor. Second, you might wash them and keep them if you really loved those old pants. You could go down and buy a new pair of pants any time; but you love that pair so much that you spend the time and the effort to clean them, and use them again.
God loves us so much that He washed us.