Campfire Scripture: Short manful devotionals on an inspiring and manly piece of Scripture. For pondering over a campfire.
Book Author and Date:
John the beloved of Christ. John was a disciple, apostle and all around nice guy. The book of revelation describes the ‘revelation of Jesus Christ’ given to John near the end of his life and was composed around A.D. 94-96.
Badassery, Power, Finality, Victory, Battle.
John was old… really old. He was living in exile on a desert island named Patmos. This setting alone is enough to ignite my fantasy loving imagination. John writes to 7 major churches in the region and this passage ties into the initial greeting at the beginning of the book of Revelation acknowledging Christ as our saviour and describing His future coming in glory.
What I Reckon:
I don’t have much to say about this passage except for how awesome it is. It’s just a matter of fact that Christ is our eternal and all powerful God. I think a lot of Christians think of God’s sovereignty with a kind of naive excitement and often overlook the raw terrifying power that a passage like this depicts.
We have joy in our salvation. Look, I love thinking on the joy I have in the Lord as much as anyone. But more than anything this verse, and ones like it, remind me that God is to be feared. For Christian’s that equates to a fear in reverence. Our Lord Jesus Christ is not just some ‘alright dude’; He is coming in all power and majesty to conquer evil and rule over all of creation.
If we put all of our Christian emphasis on love, and none of it on reverence, it is sure to make us complacent. Indeed I think for a large majority of the church it has. Men, never forget the infinite power of our God to both love us, and judge us. His terrible wrath will be poured out on those who hate him and reject his offer of forgiveness and cleansing in the day of judgement. Those who stay true to the end, because they know Him, will be saved.
He is the ‘Alpha and the Omega’, the ‘Almighty’. Amen.
All Campfire Scripture passages are taken from the New American Standard Bible, unless otherwise stated.
John MacArthur, 2006, The MacArthur Study Bible, New American Standard Bible (1995 edition).