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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The 'Chain of Revelation' in Revelation 1:1-3. Part 5: "The one reading"

[Continuing a review of some notes taken during my M.Div. Greek Syntax and Exegesis class over Revelation 1-3, and some thoughts I've had while meditating over the passage since then.]

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

5. The one reading

Specifically, a blessing is pronounced upon "the one reading" the book of Revelation before a congregation of believers, as seen by the fact that there is a group referred to as "those hearing," who are also blessed by the reading.

This brings up the subject of the public reading of Scriptures, for similar blessings are- in the Psalms and elsewhere- pronounced upon those reading other portions of Scripture as well.

I am thankful that at my church, the elders are committed to the public reading of Scriptures: each Lord's Day a chapter or major section of God's Word is read aloud (we've just finished reading through the book of Isaiah in this way), but in all too many churches the pastors do not give due consideration to Paul's admonition to Timothy to, "devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture" (cf. 1 Tim 4:13). I've visited churches in which the only Scripture that was read was a single verse at the beginning of a sermon (and even consideration of this verse was quickly abandoned so that the preacher could make whatever point was on his mind).

We must remember that- although songs and preaching are commanded within the church and are helpful to believers- no praise song we sing (unless it is a direct quote from a Psalm, etc.) is perfect and no sermon perfect, but only God's Word is inerrant and infallible. We do not honor the written revelation from God rightly if we neglect the public reading of Scripture, and if we neglect this joyful duty we also miss out on a promised blessing from God.

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