The 'Chain of Revelation' in Revelation 1:1-3. Part 3: "His angel"
The 'Chain of Revelation' in Revelation 1:1-3.
1. God-> 2. Jesus Christ-> 3. His angel-> 4. John-> 5. The one reading-> 6. Those hearing
3. "His angel"
John writes in Revelation 10:9 and 17:1ff. that particular angels spoke to him, and John overhears angels (and other heavenly beings) speaking throughout the book, but as Revelation 1:1 and 22:6,8,16 make clear, everything that John saw and heard was revealed to him by a specific angel. Though the risen Christ certainly spoke directly to His apostles (as He did to John in Revelation 1-3 or to Saul in Acts 9:4-6; 26:14-18, calling Saul to be an apostle), God usually delights in honoring His created servants by employing them to minister to others. This general principle is especially true in God's giving of Scripture, and so even when it is not clear that a specific passage was given through angels, it is often the case that they were employed, as seen when Paul in Galatians 3:19 writes that the Law was given through angels; when reading the Law, it is not obvious that angels administered it, but God reveals this 'chain of revelation' through the Apostle.
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