The feet of Christ, then, are descriptive of His execution of His designs by the dispensations of His grace and providence — more especially of the signal manifestations of His glory in seasons of difficulty and danger.1. They that keep the words of this prophecy, 3. (2) His clearness of vision. What beauty in a Lamb as it had been slain, even in the midst of the throne? The same simile is employed by the prophet (Ezekiel 43:2). The protection which Christ affords to His ministers is also strikingly set forth in this description. When I want courage for life I love to think of Christ as young and ardent; but when I feel the need of sympathy and condolence I bring before me the picture of an old Jesus: "His hairs as white as the wool, as white as the snow." Although comparison is here employed, yet the reality is implied in the comparison. There is also the likeness of equality: He not only took the nature of man, but his frail, afflicted, mortal state. His countenance is as the sun shining in his strength, for the refreshingness of it (Psalm 4:6, 7). That Christ is most penetrating in His scrutiny of the creed, conduct, and activity of His Church. Christ shall save us because He is true. The blessing of God comes in the use of His appointed means; and supernatural communications begin where the highest effort of ordinary grace ends. "And out of His mouth went a sharp, two-edged sword." )His head and His hairs were whiteThe exalted SaviourJames Young.1. Hence the "voice of a trumpet" is used in Scripture for a loud and authoritative word of command.IV. "And He had in His right hand seven stars." )The introductory visionG. The brazen lungs of Stentor, mentioned by Homer, in the wars of Troy, were probably of this kind. (4) His head, and His hairs of wool and snow were symbols of His essential holiness and immaculate purity. He assumes the very figure the occasion required. That soul-visions are given to men at times of holy communion with God.3. Under the pressure of fear, or worldly conformity, or the lurking love of sin, would there not be, is there not now, this temptation perpetually assailing? The Lord will use instruments till He Himself appears, but even those whom He calls "stars" are only the transient apparatus of a passing night. 2. And who can express the beauty of the Saviour? INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL Revelation 1:1-3, 3. Those who have seen the Fall of Niagara never can forget the impression it made upon the mind.3. The Saviour's relation to Christian enterprise. THE REAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SCENE ITSELF.1. What glory is there in the Cross, apart from its design? Sermon #2 . There is nothing that so soon changes the colour of the hair as trouble. The two edges show the manifold effects of Christian teaching. He is in the midst of the golden candlesticks as the great High Priest, trimming, preparing, and lighting the lamps. This sword manifestly denotes the word of truth which Christ has spoken. "His eyes were as a flame of fire" (Daniel 10:6). It is a representation of the same Christ who suffered for our sins.2. THAT CHRIST IS MOST SUBLIME AND EFFECTIVE IN HIS UTTERANCES. THE PLACE OF REAL POWER. We are what we believe. Not a tear was ever shed, but the eye of Jesus saw it; not an act of cruelty or of crime was ever perpetrated, but the Saviour marked it in His book. 1. I want you to meditate upon that example, to meditate upon His force of sincerity as it touches us. )The Christ of PatmosC. In the vision under our notice, we have Christ represented as with a countenance like the run shining in his strength. He scrutinises with terrible wrath the conduct of the enemies of His Church.IV. Our memories are treacherous. 4. My text sets forth the beauty of Christ. It is the great mystery of godliness; God manifest in the flesh.4. (4) His terrible majesty. Once more: the same truth holds good as to our progress in any single grace. The best and fairest of the sons of men have their spots or stains; but He is pure, perfect, and unsullied. We just left the past as we dealt with the seven churches of Asia Minor. The Word is compared to a sword, to express its keen and penetrating power, its blessed properties and mighty operations. Luke 24:27 ESV. "And His eyes were as a flame of fire."1. This union is ineffable, unsearchable, mysterious, and Divine. He met philosopher and Pharisee and Sadducee as He met all others, with perfect calmness and decision; but with firmness and without relenting He dragged out their contemptible baseness of thought and purpose, and set it out in the sunshine before the eyes of all, and said to them all, "Oh, ye hypocrites!" Christ shall save us because He is true. We come to the FIRST SUPERNATURAL SIGN. "His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. Well, putting it into the plain language of every-day life, what St. John must have remembered, and what you and I must remember, is not so much the actual authority of the Judge as the innate sincerity of Christ. They feel and act as if they were without superintendence and control (Psalm 94:5-7). Spurgeon.)St. His appearance, as when known to John in the flesh, would have been equally incompatible with the purpose and the time. Might not their stringency be relaxed? God is not, in the bestowment of spiritual good, confined even to the means which He Himself has instituted. )The power of an objective faithCanon T. T. Carter.If we were asked to fix upon the most prominent want in the spiritual life of the present time, we might perhaps not untruly say that it is the want of objective faith. St. Paul is only expressing this great law of assimilation in its highest reality, when he says that, "beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, we are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (4) His voice was "as the sound of many waters." It is not only His word, but it is His word as He Himself speaks it. He can tread to dust His fiercest foes. (3) The hoary head is the symbol of wisdom. The shoreless sea is the mirror of infinite duration; and as the floods lift up their voice, we feel as if they were repeating their commission from the High and the Holy One who inhabiteth eternity (Psalm 29:3, 4). They have accused His administration of folly and injustice. And let us remember it likewise. (2) The reality of His human nature. "Out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword." He was not sinful flesh, but lie bare the likeness. As from the great Eternity, Christ is the pattern of men.III. It is the same Jesus that heard David's prayer — the same Jesus on whose breast John laid. And first, it is the true sustaining power of the spiritual life.2. It is an honourable comparison that the instruments of God's good pleasure have put upon them in being compared to stars; for the stars are the comfort and solace of the night. It is the sun that makes it bright. He holds the stars in His right hand, and every one of them is immortal till His work is done.7. There is here, as in His human nature, the likeness of resemblance — He resembles God; He resembles Him in everything; He is the perfect image of the invisible God. This vision of His love is the counteracting stay. That the world has a Divine High Priest.(J. The true power of the Church lies in Christ personally. John Piper Dec 27, 1992 20 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God You cannot bring Him a new ease. "And He had in His right hand seven stars." All his appearances to the holy patriarchs were preludes and pledges of His coming in the flesh. Service Times. Revelation 1:9-11: Brother and Companion: H. Bonar, D. D. Revelation 1:9-11: Christ and Literature: ... 1. (James Durham. Objective faith is therefore the ordained process in the perfecting of the inner life. THE VALUE OF THIS VISION TO US.1. The absolute purity of the administration of Christ. Again, as objective faith is the sustenance of spiritual life, so is it the true antidote of one of the greatest dangers which beset the soul in times of strong religious excitement — that of morbid self-contemplation. We are never so truly living as when the creature dies away in the presence of the all-glorious reigning King.II. No circumstances can occur to thwart or disappoint Him.2. He not only beholds all objects, and every object, but His eyes shed a splendour on everything He sees. (6) It is the symbol of anger as well as of love: "The face of God is set against them that do wickedly. 1. THE MEANING OF THE VISION.(C. He holds them in His right hand. He holds the stars in His right hand, and every one of them is immortal till His work is done.7. The apostle saw in the High Priest of men the tokens of His human Incarnation. III. Change ). THE VOICE OF CHRIST IS BY MANY DISREGARDED. If Christ's face be so bright, then we know where to trace all the light and all the glory that we have ever seen or known. There is here, as in His human nature, the likeness of resemblance — He resembles God; He resembles Him in everything; He is the perfect image of the invisible God. He is 54 years old. H. But the case is different when our absence from the public means of grace is unavoidable. )LinksRevelation 1:13 NIVRevelation 1:13 NLTRevelation 1:13 ESVRevelation 1:13 NASBRevelation 1:13 KJVRevelation 1:13 Bible AppsRevelation 1:13 ParallelRevelation 1:13 Biblia ParalelaRevelation 1:13 Chinese BibleRevelation 1:13 French BibleRevelation 1:13 German BibleRevelation 1:13 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)He works by His providence. "(1) The likeness. THAT CHRIST IS MOST UNWEARIED IS HIS PURPOSES. It is the last of these that is here intended. It is not only His word, but it is His word as He Himself speaks it. DEDUCE ONE OR TWO SUITABLE REMARKS FROM THE SUBJECT BEFORE US.1. THE MANNER IN WHICH THE FIRST SCENE WAS USHERED IN.1. H. Spurgeon.The Lord Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. 1. 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