Thursday, October 09, 2008

Revelation 1:5b-6

NOTE: there is about 2 minutes of dead air at the beginning of the recording. And apologies for the ugliness of the notes.

i. Doxology

1. There are 4 typical elements of a doxology

a. Naming the one to whom attributes are ascribed

b. Naming specific attributes of which glory is given

i. doxa – glory

c. A formula describing unending extent of time to possess the attribute

d. Concluding “Amen”

2. 4 elements of Revelation 1:5b-6

a. Name – to Him who loves us and released us

b. Attribute – love, release from sin, kingdom/priests

c. Formula – glory and dominion forever and ever

d. Amen

3. Unusual elements of 1:5b-6

a. There are two introductory clauses

i. To Him who loves us… (5b)

ii. To him be… (6b)

b. Narrative of salvation history

i. Release from sins

ii. Made us to be a kingdom of priests

c. It is addressed to Christ

i. Most early Christian doxologies were addressed to God

ii. Later doxologies were addressed to the Trinity

4. What we learn from this doxology

a. Christ’s love is continual for us

i. The Greek tense of the verb “love” is ongoing action

b. Christ’s act of releasing us was once for all

i. It is written in past tense

ii. It describes a finished act

iii. It is more correct to use release than wash based on documentary evidence

c. It references the Passover theme of blood accomplishing the act of redemption

i. Christ’s blood accomplished our redemption in much the same way the blood of the Passover lamb accomplished redemption of Israel out of Egypt

d. His work results in two benefits for believers

i. Understood through Exodus 19:6

ii. Kingdom – reign with Christ

iii. Priests – have direct access to God