“John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Continuing in Revelation 1:4-6, we see the John describing in his prophetic language the three persons of the Trinity. Here we will look at the first, but this blessing of grace and peace comes from the Triune God.
Some Trinitarian Ground Work
Van Til on the Trinity:
“The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are each a personality and together constitute the exhaustively personal God. There is an eternal, internal self-conscious interaction between the three persons of the Godhead. They are cosubstantial. Each is as much God as are the other two. The Son and the Spirit do not derive their being from the Father. The diversity and unity in the Godhead are therefore equally ultimate; they are exhaustively correlative to one another and not correlative to anything else.”
God is not more one than he is three. God is one, and God is three. Both of these realities are equally foundational to who God is. Neither precedes the other.
“From Him which was and which is, and which is to come.” John here is reference God the Father. God the Father is declared here to be the unchanging, eternal God. Not only is he declared to be unchanging and eternal, but also this sovereign God is said to be coming. God’s coming is not only His coming in judgment at the end of the world, but it is his continual coming to save his people and judge the wicked.
Christian, your hope is in an eternal and sovereign God who has declared the end form the beginning, from ancient times things not yet done. Any persecution you receive is from someone who falls under the sovereign hand of God, and it is His Son who is the, “prince of the kings of the earth.” We do not need to fear losing a job over sharing the gospel; we do not need to fear being hated by mother and father, brother and sister for our faithfulness to Christ, nor any of the repercussions for doing so. Those are not legitimate threats. God is in control, and God is to be feared, for He is coming.