Revelation 1:1 If You Believe in God Believe His Word

Revelation 1:1 (KJV)
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

A common error regarding the Bible is that it was written by a group of religious or holy men. Another common error is that the Bible underwent the same degradations of copies that plague every other ancient writing. This passage answers both mistakes.

Notice that, in a nutshell, the Revelation is from God to His servants. But the message passes through several channels:

It was given by God to Jesus Christ
Jesus told His disciples that the day and hour of Christ’s coming belonged to God alone. Here He gives a piece of that Puzzle to Jesus.

Jesus sent the message by His angel
Angels are celestial messengers. They are not divine but they do serve the divine.

His angel signified it to John
The translation of the message from heavenly to earthly happens here.

John recorded it in this book for the servants of God to read
John did not write it, God did. Though the message passed through all these hands, it remained intact and blessed.

God’s Word is His Word, preserved through the passing of the generations. If you believe God, believe His Word to be infallible and without error.


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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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