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Bridgeway Bible Commentary

Revelation 5

 

 

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Verses 1-14

Vision of the Lamb (5:1-14)

In the hand of the Almighty is a scroll, which no doubt contains the revelation that John is to receive. Like most important documents it is sealed. In fact, it has seven seals, and these can be broken only by someone with the authority to do so. Since the scroll will reveal matters of worldwide importance, the person to break these seals must be one who has authority over the world's affairs. John weeps when it appears that no one in all creation can be found who is worthy to open the scroll (5:1-4).

Then one is found. Jesus Christ, the conquering Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Messiah from the family of David, is able to open the seals (5). He is all-powerful and all-knowing ('seven horns and seven eyes'), but he has the right to reveal God's purposes and carry out God's judgments only because of his submissive and sacrificial death as the Lamb of God (6; cf. v. 9).

Christ then takes the scroll from the Almighty, but before he opens it the living creatures and the elders break forth in fresh praise, this time directed to Christ (7-8). By his death he has brought people of all nations to God. These people already share in the victory he won at the cross, and as a kingdom of priests they represent him in the world. One day they will enjoy the fruit of this victory in its fulness (9-10).

Others join in the song of praise, till the countless angels of heaven are united in singing the praises of the Lamb (11-12). They are joined by creatures out of all creation, to praise both the Almighty who sits on the throne and the Lamb who has overcome the power of sin (13-14). In summary it might be said that in Chapter 4 God is worshipped as Creator, and in Chapter 5 he is worshipped as Redeemer. He is the Controller of the world and the Saviour of his people.

 


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Bibliography Information
Flemming, Donald C. "Commentary on Revelation 5:4". "Brideway Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bbc/revelation-5.html. 2005.

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