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6th July 2023

Who was, and is, and is, to Come!

John introduces each member of the Trinity in his doxology within Revelation chapter 1.
He then goes on to explain their nature & activity within the great eternal plan of salvation.
We have looked Father, Son & Spirit in turn & also considered the order in which John uses them.
Today we will return to looking at the role & work of Jesus – the meat in John’s Trinity sandwich!!!
Our focus for today will therefore look again into one of John’s trifold ways of articulating who Jesus is & what He has done for us.

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. Revelation 1:4-5

The 3 terms John applies to Christ the Son are faithful witness, firstborn form the dead & the ruler over the kings of the earth.
We have already investigated how they relate to our salvation & Jesus’ second coming.
Today we will explore something else John is keen for us to see & know.
Jesus is the ultimate Prophet, Priest & King. These were usually 3 separate individuals but in Christ they come together as one.
Jesus is the Anointed (Christed) One who perfectly fulfils the 3 anointed roles of the Old Testament. SELAH

As the Faithful Witness Jesus is our Great Prophet. The Great Prophet that Moses promised (Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Luke 7:16).
Faithfully & truthfully fully proclaiming the word of the Lord & the gospel of salvation.
As the Firstborn from the Dead, Jesus is our Great High Priest. A priest offering an eternal sacrifice – Himself!!
The priest who came into the world to offer Himself as a once & forever sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 7:27, 9:12).
In Him, through His resurrection, we have access to new & eternal life (1 John 5:11).
As the ruler over the kings of the earth Jesus is established as the world’s true King & Lord.
The Lord of Lords & King of Kings to whom all must one day bow the knee (1 Timothy 6:15; Philippians 2:10).
Jesus began his saving work through the incarnation.
Through intercession He continued it as He saved us from sin & death through His death & resurrection.
He will fully complete His work on His return as the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of the Lord & His Christ (Revelation 11:15).
Hallelujah!! What a saviour. Jesus our GREAT Prophet, Priest & King. Glory to God.

Amazingly & wonderfully, Jesus shares all 3 of these roles & responsibilities with us.
He has made us kings & priests unto our God (Revelation 1:6, 5:10; 1 Peter 2:9).
We rule & reign with Him through Kingdom words, works & wonders as we represent Him on this earth through priestly service.
He has also called us as a prophetic people (Matthew 5:12). Those who faithfully bring & fully share the word of the Lord.
We have been commissioned to prophetically proclaim the gospel of salvation & Kingdom good news to the nations (Matthew 28:18-20).
So, So Good. Wonderful privilege but also an awesome responsibility.
You, & I, are Called, Christed (anointed) & Commissioned by the One who is ever with us & for us. SELAH

For Reflection

  • In what ways am I exercising the role of prophet, priest & king in, & through, my life?
  • Where & how am I seeing the anointing of Christ flow freely to, & through, my life?
  • Meditate upon Jesus our GREAT Prophet, Priest & King.

A song related to this theme:


Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending Jesus, your only begotten Son, the Anointed One, the Saviour,
My great & mighty Prophet, Priest & King.
Jesus thank you that You share Your anointing & roles with me,
That You call, ‘Christ’ & commission me in Your service.
Holy Spirit keep me faithfully proclaiming the gospel & kingdom,
Prophetically through priestly service & kingdom words, works & wonders.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.

Written by Gareth Jones

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