Pt 5 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 5 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Study on Book Entitled “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God”, by Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

CHAPTER 5

Key Scriptures:

“… Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).

“And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).

“He restoreth my soul …” (Psalms 23:3).

The spirit of man is the part of man that is born again. It is the part of man that receives eternal life, which is the nature and life of God. It is the spirit of man that becomes a brand-new creature in Christ Jesus. The soul is attached to the spirit, but it is not the part that is born again. The spirit is saved instantly upon conversion. The soul (mind, will and emotions) is saved (or renewed or restored) over a process of a lifetime.

The Epistle of James was not written to sinners, but to the Church. We know that because of James 5:14 where he says, “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church …”

Referring back now to the first chapter of James, let’s pick up with verse 18:

James 1:18-21

18 Of His own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

21 Wherefore, lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

James is talking to born-again believers. Of the Father’s own will, he writes, we were begotten, or born again by the Word of Truth. He calls them “my beloved brethren”, so they were in Christ. Yet he encourages these born-again, Spirit-filled people to receive the engrafted Word with meekness “… which is able to save your souls.” Evidently, their souls were not saved.

You see, a man’s spirit, the innermost man, the real man, receives eternal life and is born again. But his intellect and emotions—which comprise his soul—still have to be dealt with. They are not born again. They are to be renewed.

Paul speaks about the renewing of the mind, writing to the saints at Rome. Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

The Psalmist David spoke of the restoring of the soul:

Psalms 23:3 says, “He restoreth my soul.”

The Hebrew word translated as restore in the Old Testament, and the Greek word translated as renew in the New Testament mean about the same thing. The soul—the mind—is to be renewed or restored.

Kenneth Hagin goes on to talk about an old chair that his mother left him. Once it was re-upholstered and revarnished, it became good as new, restored and renewed.

In the Word it is never written that God restores our spirits. Our spirits become brand new creatures in Christ Jesus. Our souls, however, must be restored and renewed.

How is the soul restored and renewed?

James 1:21 “Receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.”

Romans 12:2 “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

Psalms 23:3 “He restoreth my soul.”

Man’s soul is saved, or restored, when his mind becomes renewed with the Word of God. It is the Word of God that saves our souls, that renews our minds, that restores our souls.

When our minds become renewed with the Word of God, then we think in line with what God’s Word says. We are able to know and prove the permissive and the perfect will of God—because the Word of God is the will of God. We don’t have so many questions about the will of God once we get our souls saved.

The greatest need in the Church today is to have minds renewed with the Word of God.

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Pt 4 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 4 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Study on Book Entitled “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God”, by Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

CHAPTER 4

Key Scripture:

“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit …” (Hebrews 4:12).

The spirit and soul are connected, but they are not the same.

The soul is the mind, will and emotions.

Kenneth Hagin talks about how in the 1950’s, he began an intensive study on the subject of the difference between the soul and spirit. He got books from leading Bible schools and seminaries, both Pentecostal and Denominational, to see what they taught on the subject of man. None satisfied him. None were actually Scriptural. They were only Scriptural “in part”. He even consulted leading Bible scholars and ministers across the nation. Most of the ministers thought that the spirit and soul were the same.

Yet how could the spirit and soul be the same if Paul, by the Spirit of God, said they could be divided (in Hebrews 4:12)? If you can divide them, then they cannot be the same.

Only the Word of God can divide the spirit and the soul. The reason we have not been able to distinguish between the two is because we have not dug deep enough into the Word.

Years ago, in the western part of the United States, they had what we call the “gold rush”. People rushed out West with the hopes of getting rich in a hurry. Most panned a little bit of gold out of creeks. Some found a few nuggets lying on the ground. But if you really wanted to strike it rich, you had to dig for it.

The same is true in spiritual matters. You can skim along the surface of the Bible and pan out a little gold here and there, and even find a nugget occasionally. But if you really want to strike it rich spiritually, you have to dig down deep into the Word of God.

For years Kenneth Hagin studied carefully, often burning the midnight oil. If there was anything he desired to know, it was the difference between the spirit and the soul. Eventually he went through a process of elimination. He wrote it like this:

With my body I contact the physical realm. With my spirit I contact the spiritual realm. With my soul, I contact the intellectual and emotional realm.

A Scripture that helped him was 1 Corinthians 14:14:

“For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”

The Amplified translation reads: “For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive …”

Our understanding, our natural human mentality, is a part of our soul.

Notice what Paul said. “My spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.” He did not say, “When I pray in an unknown tongue my soul prays.” He did not say, “When I pray in tongues, I pray out of my intellect, or out of my mind.” He said in effect, “I am not praying out of my soul when I pray in tongues; I am praying out of my spirit, my heart, my innermost being.”

Do you remember what Jesus said? John 7:37-39 says:

37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

38 He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, OUT OF HIS BELLY shall flow rivers of living water.

39 (BUT THIS SPAKE HE OF THE SPIRIT, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

In Scripture, the belly speaks of the innermost being, the gut, the deepest part of man, the spirit of a man.

As a result of receiving the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “Out of the belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Another translation reads, “Out of the innermost being will flow rivers of living water.”

A Full Gospel pastor’s daughter was six years old when she and some of the children were off by themselves one night at a revival. Some of these youngsters were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues. This little six-year-old, holding her stomach, ran up to her mother, saying, “Momma, Momma, that came right out of my belly.”

She was being Scriptural. She was speaking in tongues from her belly—her spirit, her innermost being. That’s where tongues comes from—the Holy Spirit who resides in your spirit gives your spirit the utterance and you speak it out.

Consider these Scriptures together now. “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the INWARD PARTS OF THE BELLY … OUT OF HIS BELLY shall flow rivers of living water …”

All the leadings that Kenneth Hagin has ever received have come out of his spirit. And most of them came while he was praying in tongues. Your spirit is active when you pray in tongues.

For so long the Church world has failed miserably because it has done so much of just one kind of praying—praying with the understanding, or mental praying. Christians have endeavored to fight spiritual battles with mental abilities.

In every crisis of life Kenneth Hagin learned to look to his spirit inside of him. He learned to pray in other tongues. While he would be praying in tongues, guidance would come up from inside of him. This was because his spirit was active.

It is through our spirit that God is going to guide us and speak to us.

Sometimes Kenneth Hagin would interpret what he had prayed in tongues, and through the interpretation he received light and guidance (1 Corinthians 14:13). But most of the time that was not so. Most of the time when he would pray in tongues, he could sense something rising up from inside of him. It would begin to take shape and form. He cannot explain how mentally he would know it, because his understanding had nothing to do with it. He just knew on the inside what to do.

Listen to your spirit, because the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord.

Pt 3 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 3 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Study on Book Entitled “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God”, by Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

CHAPTER 3

Key Scripture:

“… I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless …” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

This chapter is about being spirit-conscious.

In this Scriptural passage, Paul begins with the inside, the innermost part of man, the heart of his being, which is his spirit, and then works his way to the outside of man (the physical body).

Yet most people misquote this verse. They say “body, soul and spirit”. Why do they put the body first? Because they are more body-conscious than spirit-conscious. Natural things mean more to them than spiritual things. So they put physical things first.

Sometimes we are more mental-conscious because we live more in the mental realm.

But man is a spirit being. We need to be more spirit-conscious. Spiritual things will become more real to us the more spirit-conscious we become.

If we are going to be led by the Spirit of God, we must become more spirit-conscious. God’s Spirit leads us through our spirits.

Put spirit first. Become more spirit-conscious, more conscious of the inner man. Realize that you are a spirit being and that you became a new creation created by God in Christ Jesus. It will help you to grow spiritually.

Say outloud: “I am a spirit, I have a soul and I live in a physical body.” This will help you to become more spirit-conscious. It will build your faith, because faith is of the spirit, or the heart.

Pt 2 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 2 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Study on Book Entitled “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God”, by Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

CHAPTER 2

Key Scriptures:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness … So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him” (Genesis 1:26-27).

“For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you” (Philippians 1:23-24).

“But though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).

“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:4).

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Man is a spirit being. He is made in the likeness of God. Jesus said that God is a Spirit (John 4:24). So man must of necessity be a spirit.

Man is a spirit being, has a soul and lives in a physical body (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

When the physical body is dead and in the grave, the spirit lives on forever. The spirit of man is eternal. Spirits can never die. The soul is attached to the spirit, and it never dies, but is always being renewed and conformed into the image of Christ.

In Philippians 1:23-24, Paul is speaking of physical death when he says that he is caught between the two (wanting to go to Heaven, yet feeling the need to remain on the earth for the sake of others).

Paul is going to live—whether in the body or out of the body. If he abides, or lives in the flesh, he can teach the church at Philippi and be a blessing to them. That would be more needful for them. However, for Paul, it would be far greater to depart and be with Christ.

The question may be asked, “Who is going to depart?” Paul was not talking about his body, he was saying “I” am going to depart. The “I” is his spirit being, or the inward man who lives inside of his body.

When we die and go to Heaven, we will be clothed with a physical body, wear robes and garments, and be seen and known. However, we will have brand new youthful bodies that will never get sick or old, and will never die again.

We will know and recognize one another in Heaven, just as we know people on earth.

The Bible does not teach soul sleep, as some cults do, but teaches that when we die, if we are born again, we will live in Heaven.

People who are lost and end up in hell also have bodies, plus their five physical senses. They feel so much excruciating pain at all times, and mental and emotional torment. If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, you can be born again right now. Just pray this prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus,

I invite You to come into my heart. I make You my Lord and Savior. Wash me clean by Your Blood. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to live for you all the days of my life.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, where is Jesus right now? Do You feel His Presence in your heart? You are now born again and are a child of God. Heaven is your eternal home. I would encourage you to get into a good Bible believing church, and put Jesus as first place in your life. God bless you!

The Apostle Paul said that there is an inward man, and there is an outward man. The outward man (physical body) is not the real you. The outward man is only the house in which “you” live. The inward man is the real you. It never gets old, although it matures. It is renewed day by day. The inward man is the spirit man. We are speaking spirits.

Romans 8:14 says, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Then in verse 16, it says “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”

Proverbs 20:27 says that the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord. In other words, God guides us through our spirit. He gives revelation and illumination to our spirit. He speaks to our spirit. That’s why it is so important to get your spirit man built up strong. This is accomplished through meditating on the Word of God and digging out its treasures.

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). The kingdom of God has a two-fold meaning: 1) Heaven 2) The ways in which God operates.

Nicodemus misunderstood what Jesus said, and thought that Jesus was saying that the physical body has to be born a second time (which would be impossible). Jesus was referring to the spirit being born again.

When a person gets saved, their physical body remains the same, but their spirit and soul is transformed. Actually, the spirit is saved instantly upon conversion, but the soul (mind, will, emotions and traditions) is transformed over a process of time. The Bible talks about going from one plateau of glory to another in 2 Corinthians 3:18.

When a person becomes born again, they receive a new nature, the nature of God, plus eternal life.

Paul calls man’s spirit “the inward man”, while Peter calls man’s spirit “the hidden man of the heart”.

1 Peter 3:4 says, “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”

In many places in the Bible, and especially the New Testament, when the Bible speaks of the heart it is referring to the spirit part of man. It depends on the Hebrew or Greek definitions. Some words for “heart” are used to denote emotions, passions, and the heart can be good or evil. There are other words that refer to the heart as the breath or spirit of man.

In the New Testament, wherever the word “heart” is used, substitute the word “spirit” and you will get a clearer picture of what the Bible is talking about. It is the spirit of man that is born again.

Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

This is talking about the inward man becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus. When you are born again, you do not get a new body, nor is your soul (thoughts, emotions, will) changed immediately. Your spirit is the part of you that is transformed.

God does not do anything with the outward man (physical body). You have to do something with it if you want to see improvements. You are the caretaker of your body. However, the Lord is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals you. He is able to remove sickness and disease, as well as heal you emotionally and mentally.

For a list of healing Scriptures, please click below:

Healing Scriptures – Old Testament

Healing Scriptures – New Testament

Pt 1 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 1 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Study On Book Entitled “HOW YOU CAN BE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD”, By Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

PREFACE

In February 1959 in El Paso, Texas, Jesus appeared to Kenneth Hagin in person in a vision. He came into his hospital room at 6:30 in the evening, sat down on a chair at his bedside, and talked with Kenneth Hagin for an hour and a half.

Jesus talked about the ministry of the prophet (Ephesians 4:11-12). Then He said, “I did not put prophets in the Church to guide the New Testament Church. My Word says, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Now if you will listen to Me, I am going to teach you how to follow My Spirit. Then I want you to teach my people how to be led by the Spirit.”

CHAPTER 1

In the first chapter, Kenneth Hagin talks about how the Lord speaks to us and leads us through our spirit (not our mind, intellect, feelings, physical senses or body).

We are a spirit being, and have a soul and live in a body.

The key Scriptures for Chapter 1 are:

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14

“The Spirit itself [Himself] beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” Romans 8:16

The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly” (Proverbs 20:27). In Scripture the belly speaks of a person’s innermost being, the gut, the deepest part of man.

The primary way the Lord speaks to us is through the Word of God, the still small voice and inward witness. He speaks to our spirit. He enlightens our spirit. He guides us through our spirit (not our mind or body or emotions or feelings). The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord (Proverbs 20:27). God gives wisdom, light and revelation to our spirit man.

Everyday for decades, Kenneth Hagin would pray Ephesians 1:17-19 over himself, which says:

17 [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,

18 By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),

19 And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength … AMP

When you seek guidance by any other way than God says, you get yourself into trouble. God does not guide us through our physical senses. We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

Too often we look at things through a mental standpoint and try to reason things out. But nowhere in Scripture does God say that He would guide us through our mentality. He guides us through our spirit.

Too many times we perceive things based on our emotions or feelings, but God does not speak to our emotions, but to our spirit.

To get our spirit man built up and strengthened, so that we can be led of God, we need to feed on the Word of God daily, as well as meditate on the things of God (Psalms 1). The Word is like medicine and health to our spirit, soul and body (Proverbs 4:20-22).

Entering into times of worship also helps us to be sensitive to hearing the Voice of the Holy Spirit. When you worship God, His Glory and Presence fills the place and then it is much easier to hear the Holy Spirit speak to you. Sometimes the Lord will give you visions during the worship when His Glory is present.

The Lord speaks to us in many ways. Besides the primary way the Lord speaks to us (through the Word of God, the still small voice and inward witness), He often speaks to us through impressions, promptings, nudges, leadings, dreams and visions, prophets, words of knowledge (1 Corinthians 12:8), and things or words quickened to us (something comes alive in our spirit).

Quickened things or words could include street signs, book titles, things people say, inspirational quotes, through nature, through songs, through rhema words (where certain Scriptures almost leap off the page and speak to our current situation), etc.

You have to be careful with dreams and visions, as not all dreams and visions are from God. The enemy can get territory in that area and deceive people. It takes practice and much prayer to discern the true from the false.

Seven Churches – Significant Triplets, Chapters 1-3

Seven Churches – Significant Triplets, Chapters 1-3

Throughout Chapters 1-3 of Revelation, we see significant number patterns that are used frequently.

(Actually, throughout the entire book of Revelation we see these same numbers and patterns.  However, in this study we are going to deal primarily with Chapters 1-3.)

Beginning with Chapter 1, we see patterns of triplets (3’s).  Jesus, in His prose and speech, communicated in a poetic language style where there are patterns of three’s in most of the verses in the first three chapters.

Also, we see patterns of sevens (7’s) mentioned.  We also see patterns of doubles (2’s) which could be used for emphasis, or could be synonyms or antonyms.  There are also significant patterns of fours (4’s) and fives (5’s).

Triplets (3’s) (Taken from the New King James Version)

Chapter 1

Verse 1

  1. The Revelation of Jesus Christ
  2. Which God gave him (John) to show His servants
  3. Things which must shortly take place

Verse 2

  1. Who bore witness to the Word of God
  2. And to the testimony of Jesus Christ
  3. To all things that he saw

Verse 3

  1. Blessed is he who reads
  2. And those who hear the words of this prophecy
  3. And keep those things which are written in it

Verse 4

  1. Him who is, and who was, and who is to come
  2. And from the Seven Spirits who are before His Throne
  3. From Jesus Christ

Verse 5a

  1. The faithful witness
  2. The firstborn from the dead
  3. And the ruler over the kings of the earth

Verse 5b and 6

  1. To Him who loved us
  2. And washed us from our sins in His own Blood
  3. And has made us kings and priests to His God and Father

Verse 7

  1. Behold, He is coming with the clouds
  2. And every eye will see Him
  3. Even they who pierced Him

Verse 8

  1. I am the Alpha and the Omega
  2. The Beginning and the End
  3. Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty

Verse 9

  1. Tribulation
  2. Kingdom
  3. Patience

Verse 11

  1. I am the Alpha and the Omega
  2. The First and the Last
  3. What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia

Verse 13

  1. One like the Son of Man
  2. Clothed with a garment down to the feet
  3. Girded about the chest with a golden band

Verse 14

  1. His head and hair were white like wool
  2. As white as snow
  3. And His eyes like a flame of fire

Verse 16

  1. He had in His right hand seven stars
  2. Out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword
  3. His countenance was like the sun shining in all its strength

Verse 17

  1. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead
  2. But He laid His right hand on me saying to me
  3. Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last

Verse 18

  1. I am He who lives
  2. And was dead
  3. I am alive forevermore

Verse 19

  1. Write the things which you have seen
  2. And the things which are
  3. And the things which will take place after this

 

Chapter 2

Verse 2a

  1. I know your works
  2. Your labor
  3. Your patience

Verse 2b

  1. You cannot bear those who are evil
  2. You have tested those who say they are apostles and are not
  3. And have found them liars

Verse 3

  1. Persevered
  2. Have patience
  3. Labored

Verse 5

  1. Remember therefore from where you have fallen
  2. Repent and do the first works
  3. Or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent

Verse 6

  1. But this you have
  2. That you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans
  3. Which I also hate

Verse 8

  1. First and the Last
  2. Who was dead
  3. And came to life

Verse 9

  1. Works
  2. Tribulation
  3. Poverty

Verse 13

  1. I know your works
  2. And where you dwell
  3. Where Satan’s throne is

Verse 14

  1. Who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel
  2. To eat things sacrificed to idols
  3. To commit sexual immorality

Verse 18

  1. Son of God
  2. Eyes like a flame of fire
  3. Feet like fine brass

Verse 22-23

  1. I will cast her into a sickbed
  2. Into great tribulation
  3. I will kill her children with death

Verse 24

  1. Now to you I say and to the rest in Thyatira
  2. As many as do not have this doctrine
  3. Who have not known the depths of Satan

Verse 26

  1. And he who overcomes
  2. Keeps My works until the end
  3. I will give power over the nations

Verse 27-28

  1. He shall rule them with a rod of iron
  2. They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels
  3. I will give him the morning star

 

Chapter 3

Verse 1

  1. I know your works
  2. You have a name that you are alive
  3. But you are dead

Verse 2

  1. Be watchful
  2. Strengthen the things which remain
  3. I have not found your works perfect before God

Verse 5

  1. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments
  2. I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life
  3. I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels

Verse 7

  1. He who has the Key of David
  2. He who opens and no one shuts
  3. And shuts and no one opens

Verse 8a

  1. I know your works
  2. I have set before you an open door
  3. No one can shut it

Verse 8b

  1. You have a little strength
  2. Have kept My Word
  3. Have not denied My Name

Verse 9

  1. I will make those of the synagogue of Satan
  2. Come and worship before your feet
  3. And to know that I have loved you

Verse 10

  1. Because you have kept My command to persevere
  2. I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world
  3. To test those who dwell on the earth

Verse 11

  1. I am coming quickly
  2. Hold fast what you have
  3. That no one may take your crown

Verse 12

  1. I will make him a pillar in the Temple of My God
  2. I will write on him the Name of My God and the Name of the City of My God
  3. I will write on him My new Name

Verse 14

  1. These things says the Amen
  2. The Faithful and True Witness
  3. The Beginning of the Creation of God

Verse 15

  1. I know your works
  2. You are neither cold nor hot
  3. I wish you were cold or hot

Verse 16

  1. You are lukewarm
  2. Neither cold nor hot
  3. I will vomit you out of My mouth

Verse 18

  1. Buy from Me gold refined in the fire
  2. And white garments
  3. Anoint your eyes with eye salve

Verse 19

  1. As many as I love
  2. I rebuke and chasten
  3. Be zealous and repent

Verse 20

  1. Behold, I stand at the door and knock
  2. If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door
  3. I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:17-20 Commentary

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:17-20

Revelation 1:17-20

17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.

18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.

20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.

[I fell at His feet as dead] The appearance of the glory of the Lord had the same effect on Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:28), and when Gabriel appeared to Daniel (Daniel 8:17). Paul was struck to the ground in a similar way when he saw Christ in His glory (Acts 9:4).

The splendor and majesty of the Lord was more than John’s mortal body could withstand, and he fell down deprived of his senses and consciousness. John was overwhelmed with the suddenness of the vision.

[He laid His right hand on me] The touch of Jesus’ hand imparted strength to John to behold the vision.

[Do not be afraid] Jesus was giving John reassurance that all was well. Others in the Old and New Testaments who saw a supernatural appearance of the Lord or of an angel were also told to fear not.

The Bible Exposition Commentary says:

We need not fear life, because He is “The Living One.” We need not fear death, because He died and is alive, having conquered death. And we need not fear eternity because He holds the keys of hades (the world of the dead) and of death. The One with the keys is the One who has authority.

[I am the First and the Last] Jesus is eternal. The Barnes’ Notes Commentary says: “I always live – have lived through all the past, and will live through all which is to come – and therefore I can accomplish all my promises, and execute all my purposes.”

[I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.]  This is referring to Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. The Adam Clarke’s Commentary says:

He (John) now saw that he was in the presence of that Savior whom more than half a century before he had so tenderly loved when in the flesh, and whom, though now long absent, he had faithfully served, and for whose cause he was now in this lonely island. His faith in his resurrection had not been a delusion; he saw the very Redeemer before him who had once been laid in the tomb.

Because Jesus lives, we who are in Christ shall live also. John 11:25-26 says,

25 I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?

[Amen] This word is used as a strong affirmation, meaning “truly” or “certainly so”. This expression was used by Jesus often when He wished to give emphasis or to express anything strongly.

[I have the keys of Hades and of Death] The key here signifies the power and authority over life, death, and the grave.

When Jesus died, He went to hell for you and for me. He endured the atrocities of that place. Jesus disarmed the principalities and powers, making a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in the Cross (Colossians 2:15). The One who possesses the keys is the One in authority.

[Write the things which you have seen] Write a record of what he has already experienced up till the Vision

[Write the things which are] Write Revelation 2-3, which are the messages to the seven churches

[Write the things which will take place after this] Write the rest of the Vision which is recorded in Revelation 4-22

Verse 20 – Jesus defines that the seven stars are the seven pastors or bishops of the seven churches.  He also defines that the seven Lampstands represent the seven churches in Asia Minor (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea).

Jesus’ right hand denotes strength, protection, honor and blessing.

Are you saved? Have you accepted Jesus Christ into your heart as your personal Savior?  If you would like to be born again, just pray this prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, I invite You to come into my heart.  Be my Lord and Savior.  I believe that You died and rose again.  Wash away all of my sins by Your Blood.  Holy Spirit, you are welcome to come and dwell in me.  Help me to live for you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen