Revelation 5. Forum Discussion

Characteristics of Jesus

In today’s lesson, we will focus on two observations from Chapter 5.

  1. John sees God on His throne holding a book sealed with seven seals.
  2. Only Jesus was found worthy to open this book.

Whatever is contained in the book, it is important enough for God to hold it, and for Jesus to open it. The scriptures do not tell what is contained in the book. The focus is more on Who is holding it, and Who is worthy to open it.

That being said, the human part of us cannot help but wonder what was written. There is a lot of speculation, but in reality, nobody can be 100% certain.

As we ponder the book, we should think about the following:

  • We can assume it is not the Book of Life, as that is not introduced until Revelation 20.
  • What are the characteristics of Jesus that make Him, and only Him, worthy to open the book (most likely scrolls) that God is holding?

It is this second point that we will focus on today.

There are two references to Jesus being worthy to open the book in chapter 5:

  1. “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals. ” – Revelation 5:5.
  2. “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” – Revelation 5:9-10.

There are also two references to Jesus being worthy of:

  • Power.
  • Riches.
  • Wisdom.
  • Might.
  • Honor.
  • Glory.
  • Blessing.

  1. “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” – Revelation 5:11.
  2. “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” – Revelation 5:13.

As we take all of this in, now would be a great time to focus on the unique characteristic of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

CHARACTERISTICS OF JESUS – AND SUPPORTING SCRIPTURES

  1. Humble. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,who, as He already  existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,but emptied Himself  by  taking the form of a bond-servant  and  being born in the likeness of men.And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross. For this reason also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ” – Philippians 2:5-11.
  2. Loving. “We love because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19.
  3. Forgiving. – “But Jesus was saying, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.'" - Luke 23:34.
  4. Compassionate. “When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.” - – Mark 6:34.
  5. Committed. And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.’” – Mathew 26:39.
  6. Prayerful. And after saying goodbye to them, He left for the mountain to pray.” – Mark 6:46.
  7. Gentleness. Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is comfortable, and My burden is light. – Mathew 11:28-30.
  8. Self-Control. “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously, and in a godly manner in the present age.” – Titus 2:11-12.

One of the greatest verses in the Bible to help us understand our Lord and Savior is found in Paul’s description of the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. Knowing that God, Jesus, and the Spirit are One, we understand that Jesus possesses each of these qualities:

  • Love.
  • Joy.
  • Peace.
  • Patience.
  • Kindness.
  • Goodness.
  • Faithfulness.
  • Gentleness.
  • Self-Control.

To summarize, Revelation 5 shows God holding a sealed book and only Jesus was found worthy to open it.

Because of the love of Jesus and God the Father, we have the hope and promise of eternal life, for those that believe and follow Him.

“Beloved, let’s love one another; for love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. ” – 1 John 4:7-8.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16.

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Tom Green

I was an extreme case. Though I was saved at eight and grew up in a home where regular church attendance and prayers before meals took place there was no deep commitment or daily study of God’s Word and no engaged involvement in incorporating the truth of God’s Word into the practice of daily living. I became a prodigal and at age nineteen abandoned church attendance. But when I was twenty eight God began a new thing. After several months of a return journey through twelve step recovery, and I knew the “higher power” was Jesus, God orchestrated a life altering ‘road to Damascus’ type of encounter. Quickly God planted me in an appropriate congregation, a small group bible study, an adult Sunday school and I completed the reading of the Bible in four months. I saw the Word become “alive and active and sharper than a two edged sword.”

That dramatic startup was thirty one years ago. After going through periods of complacency and a lack of diligent Word study at times I can confidently say do not grow weary in well doing. And do not turn away from solid foundational spiritual practices nor the study and meditation upon God’s Word.

These days I am a prolific writer of scripturally based poetic expression. And I am a ‘wandering bard’ in fulfillment of a scripture from Psalm 45, “My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the King. My tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.”

Finally I am in the beginning stages of preparing to launch the vision I have carried for twenty eight years. It is a Christian publishing company named Mosaic Arts. Please add me to any prayer lists. I did not know in the beginning days what God held in store.

God Bless and hold fast to the faith. Know with certainty that you have been place here for such a time as this...

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Rob
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I grew up going to church every Sunday, but never studied the Bible.

When I got married, the preacher held a premarital discussion and asked my wife and I about our faith. My wife's family was very "religious". They did mission work over in Europe, her father was a deacon, etc.

As I was talking, I realized that I believed the Bible was real, but I did not know what it said. It was then that I began talking with the preacher at my congregation. We put together a plan for me to read the New Testament - 1 chapter each day. We started with the Gospel of John.

I was traveling at the time for business and spent many nights on the road. I started traveling with my Bible and committed to read one chapter every day.

The more I read, the better I felt.

I remember when I had completed reading the entire New Testament. A sense of calm came over me.

No longer could anybody try to teach false doctrine, because I knew what God's word had to say, or at least where to look for the answers to any questions that might come up.

Now I have read through the New Testament 5-6 times. Each study reveals something new and wonderful about our Savior.

Following Jesus' example, I continue to read and learn and I try to apply the scriptures to my life.

I am thankful to all of the men and women of faith that have taught me and supported me over the years.

- Rob

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Donna

I believe in Jesus because of what I read in the Bible and because of the beauty I see on earth.

It was really uplifting to my faith to travel to Europe and see how long Jesus has been recognized and worshipped.

Nothing else lasts 2000 years.

I would love to go to the Holy Land someday. That must be awe inspiring!!

Have a blessed night everyone!! - Donna

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Colin

I am thankful for Virtual Bible Study.

The pandemic has left a lot of us isolated at home and I miss the interaction, especially with like-minded people of faith.

My belief in Jesus started at a young age. He appealed to me , because I wanted to be a good person and have a moral guide to follow.

Growing up, I believed in God, Jesus, and the Bible, but I really did not know what the Bible said. I only heard the select verses that were read at church.

When I was introduced to the Bible at a relatively late age, I really began to grow in my faith.

I saw people at my church that had devoted their lives to serving Him.

They were kind, happy and generous. I knew I had found a home.

Since then the Bible proves itself to be true on a daily basis.

Jesus is my Lord and Savior and I love to study His word.

Thank you for creating this forum!

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John

I actually saw a Brother in Christ moved to tears as he read this scripture allowed in a Bible study about nobody being found worthy to open the seals. It was so powerful, I don't think I will ever forget it. The scripture sure was real to that Brother.

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