Revelation 1:4-5a : Grace and peace.

“John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,” NIV

A church wayside pulpit read: ‘No God, no peace; know God, know peace.’

It seems that John had pastoral oversight of 7 particular churches in Asia. But he was writing for the whole church, whether he knew it or not. Certainly the entire church, throughout history, has been blessed (if at times it has also been perplexed) by this magnificent book. There is a line of argument that the number 7, in Scripture, speaks of wholeness or perfection. So the 7 churches may be seen as representative of the total church.

Notice that the church has a Trinitarian experience of God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are alluded to. The ‘’seven spirits before his throne’’ can be translated ‘’the sevenfold Spirit’’ – again pointing to the perfection of the Holy Spirit. We are going to take some time in the next thought to look at all that is said about Jesus. The Father is referred to as the One ‘’who is, and who was, and who is to come’’ (and again in verse 8). He is the eternal God.

Only from this God can we experience the grace (undeserved favour) which leads to peace. In today’s world there are many people who are restless and unsettled, in spite of all they have. It has always been the case. Augustine observed centuries ago, that God made us for Himself, and our hearts find no rest until they rest in Him. He is the heart’s true home. Peace flows from grace. It can be experienced by those who receive the gift of friendship with the Trinity.

PRAYER: Lord, please cause every believer to walk in that peace which is the flowering of grace.