Dear Student of the Word,
I am working hard to maintain my momentum to complete my editing work on my book of Revelation commentary. Revelation is not a book that predicts specific events in the future, but instead shows how Christ has fulfilled all the promises of Scripture while warning the church about general threats that will continually come against the person of Jesus and His role in the Church. To support this view, this is what I wrote about Revelation 5:2 (this week's entire study can be downloaded below):
2And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”
5:2 – That is the age-old question: Who is worthy to understand the secret things of God, or to reveal the mind of God to mankind? The angel asked the question in a loud voice, because people in every generation to hear and answer. Many have heard that question resounding in their spirit. The problem is that they come to the wrong conclusion as to its answer. Science, education, sociology, politics and medicine have not been able to open the scroll. Man in all his intelligence, learning, and expertise have not been able to open the book.
The dilemma for mankind is that no one was, is, or will be worthy. No system of thought is worthy. No scheme of good deeds is worthy. No amount of wishing, hoping, trying, or praying will make anyone worthy. No one is worthy. Buddha and Mohammed were not worthy. They never were and never will be.
Almost every doctrinal dispute throughout Church history has centered on or around the supremacy of Jesus. The problem for modern man is that he likes Jesus, he admires Jesus, he includes Jesus among the great moral leaders and teachers of all time. Modern man does not, however, want to submit to Jesus’ Lordship indicating that He Lord above all. He therefore can speak with absolute authority on divine things.
The message of Revelation is that Jesus is worthy. It’s all about Him all the time. It’s not about the Church, doctrine, denomination, or mankind’s deeds. It’s only about Him and not about the Antichrist. No one is worthy to act on behalf of God in a manner that is acceptable to God except for Jesus.
As always, I welcome your comments to this week's study. For additional Bible studies, check out my website archive, which contains a complete collection of all my verse-by-verse New Testament studies, along with the daily devotional entitled Your Life Matters: Daily Reflections from the Book of Psalms. Thank you and soon I will begin sending you my edited studies from James' epistle. After that, we will only have the book of Revelation to complete before the entire New Testament is on the site where this study is posted.