Rev 1:9 KJV – I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
In our text for this morning, John, as he writes to the members of the seven churches of Asia, describes himself as their “companion in the kingdom”. Very basically, John was reminding his readers that they are all citizens of the same spiritual kingdom and subjects of the same King, Jesus Christ. As believers in today’s time, we serve the same King of Kings and Lord of Lords as those of John’s day. Because of this, we all share the same basic goals, desires, purpose of living and message to share with others.
Knowledge of our spiritual citizenship defines our purpose for living (bringing honor to Him) and motivates us to strive to fulfill that purpose every day of our lives…
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ…But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” (1 Peter 2:5-9)
Another very important aspect of our citizenship in the Israel of God is our guaranteed possession of an eternal, sinless, dwelling place prepared by God Himself. This truth alone should revolutionize our lives and encourage our hearts when the armies of the darkness of this world wage spiritual warfare against our kingdom.
Notice how this great truth affected the lives of the OT believers…
“ These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” (Hebrews 11:13-16)
This same set of truths should affect us as well. We should find them to be a constant source of encouragement and strength knowing that we will, someday, be delivered from this sinful world and enter into eternity in the presence of our King.
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation: