And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
As the Lord writes to the church at Laodicea, we find the Lord identifies Himself as “the Amen”, and “the faithful and true witness”.
Although these are two separate titles, they go hand in hand. The title “Amen” points to the person and life of Christ as the trustworthy, dependable One, while the title “the faithful and true witness” speaks of the promises and teachings Christ as the One whose speech can be trusted and is actual to fact.
Folks, do we ever stop and think what life would be like if Christ could not be totally trusted?
If Christ cannot be totally trusted, His promises to us would hold no meaning. We would always be fearful that He would break His promises to us and look the other way when we needed Him the most.
If Christ cannot be totally trusted, we would live in constant doubt of His life-example and teachings. As we read the gospel accounts of His life and words, we would find them shallow and without substance. After all, just because He was merciful in the times of the N,T there would be no guarantee that He would not change. Just because He taught many things about God, there would be no reason to accept them as truth.
And above all else, if Christ cannot be totally trusted, we would be placed in a positon where we would be obligated to question our very salvation and eternal destiny. His decree that our sins are forgiven and our eternity is secure may simply be a cruel joke on His part, leaving us spiritually destitute and condemned when we face His Father at the final judgment.
But folks, we can know that He can be absolutely trusted. As the “Amen” and “the faithful and true witness” we can rest assured His promises are certain, His life example is genuine and sincere, and His words to us are perfectly true!
Let’s thank Him for His dependability in word, deed and promise. And show our appreciation by keeping them in our mind and trusting Him every minute of every day! In all that we do, let it be by faith and reliance upon Him.
1 Thessalonians 1:3 KJV “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;”
Hebrews 11:6 KJV “But without faith it is impossible to please him:…”
Romans 14:23 KJV “…for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”
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.
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