Christ Among the Candlesticks   5 comments

Rev. 1, 12-16

1.  Definitions–

Candlesticks are the churches.

Seven stars are the ministers–angels.

Two-edged sword is his word –Heb. 4, 12.

“Son of man”–the same Jesus, caring for, helping and counselling his people.  Kingly & priestly in his apparel.

2.  Jesus’ concern in heaven is for the churches.  On earth his works, sufferings and death were for it.  Now he intercedes for it, considers it state.  Would men could feel how he is concerned for it.

3.  Holds the seven stars in his hand.  Not for their own sakes simply, but for the sake of the church.  They must deliver his message, not their work and for the increase.  Through them he would send his message to the churches.

4.  Sharp two-edged sword–such is his word–Heb. 4, 12; Eph. 6, 17; Isaiah 49, 2.  This is the weapon with which Christ will subdue his enemies; no carnal weapon is needed–2 Cor. 10, 4.  May not be comfortable as it pierces the soul, but its work is salvation when heeded.

5.  Countenance as the sun in his strength.  Before Him no evil can stand.  Is the source of all life, reviving every drooping flower.  Shine on us, thou Sun or Righteousness!!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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