Doxology to the King
Revelation 1





Doxology to the King, Revelation 1. In this devotional, we begin the first of four doxologies from the book of Revelation. This doxology is sandwiched between some powerful verses extolling God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.




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To him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
Revelation 1:6b, NIV






Doxology to the King
Revelation 1



In this devotional, we begin the first of four doxologies from the book of Revelation. This doxology is sandwiched between some powerful verses extolling God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Revelation 1:4b-6 says (the doxology is highlighted):



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, 5 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, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.


Then, verses 7-8 continue:


7 Look, he is coming with the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.

8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."

Revelation 1:4b-8, NIV



When you receive several letters, how do you decide which one to read first? You look at the return address, do you not? The importance or value of the letter is established by the sender. That is exactly what John did in Revelation 1.



John sets us straight, right at the beginning of Revelation, that this book is from God, 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.


In other words, this book is not to be ignored; by the "return address" we know that this book has eternal implications, from God the Father, who always was and will be, and the only ruler of the kings of the earth, the Lord Jesus Christ.



With that established, he does not continue the book until he gives this doxology to the King. What has this king done? To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father. Yes, to HIM be glory and power for ever and ever!



Then, John continues with a prophecy of Christ's coming, and then a final reminder of who this King is. "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."



As a Christian that makes my heart sing; that gives me a reason to get up every morning! The Lord God, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the Almighty God, is my God! How amazing is that?



To him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.







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