Grace and Peace
“At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16:11)
“I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9).
The writer identifies himself simply as “John.” He is traditionally taken as John the apostle, and for good reason. Although the Revelation is a completely different genre from the gospels, the close kinship between this book and the fourth gospel is plain.
He describes himself two ways. The first is simply as “brother.” The second is “companion,” a rendering of synkoinonos—a “partaker together with.” The apostle is a brother together with those to whom he is writing, and he also fellowships together with them, partaking together with them, in three things. The first bond of their fellowship is tribulation, the second is the kingdom, and the third is perseverance. All three are connected to Jesus Christ—they are the tribulation of Jesus, the kingdom of Jesus, and the endurance of Jesus. [Read more…]