Revelation 1:4

“John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Iohn to the seuen Churches in Asia, Grace be vnto you, & peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come, and from the seuen spirits which are before his throne:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from him who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits that are before his throne;
- American Standard Version (1901)

John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from him who is and was and is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his high seat;
- Basic English Bible

John to the seven assemblies which [are] in Asia: Grace to you and peace from [him] who is, and who was, and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits which [are] before his throne;
- Darby Bible

John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be to you, and peace, from him who is, and who was, and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who are before his throne;
- Webster's Bible

John sends greetings to the seven Churches in the province of Asia. May grace be granted to you, and peace, from Him who is and was and evermore will be; and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne;
- Weymouth Bible

John, to the seven assemblies that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from God, who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who are before his throne;
- World English Bible

Joon to seuene chirchis, that ben in Asie, grace and pees to you, of him that is, and that was, and that is to comynge; and of the seuene spiritis, that ben in the siyt of his trone; and of Jhesu Crist,
- Wycliffe Bible

John to the seven assemblies that [are] in Asia: Grace to you, and peace, from Him who is, and who was, and who is coming, and from the Seven Spirits that are before His throne,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 1:4


1:4 John - The dedication of this book is contained in the fourth, fifth, and sixth verses; but the whole Revelation is a kind of letter. To the seven churches which are in Asia - That part of the Lesser Asia which was then a Roman province. There had been several other churches planted here; but it seems these were now the most eminent; and it was among these that St. John had laboured most during his abode in Asia. In these cities there were many Jews. Such of them as believed in each were joined with the gentile believers in one church. Grace be unto you, and peace - The favour of God, with all temporal and eternal blessings. From him who is, and who was, and who cometh, or, who is to come - A wonderful translation of the great name JEHOVAH: he was of old, he is now, he cometh; that is, will be for ever. And from the seven spirits which are before his throne - Christ is he who hath the seven spirits of God. The seven lamps which burn before the throne are the seven spirits of God. The lamb hath seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God. Seven was a sacred number in the Jewish church: but it did not always imply a precise number. It sometimes is to be taken figuratively, to denote completeness or perfection. By these seven spirits, not seven created angels, but the Holy Ghost is to be understood. The angels are never termed spirits in this book; and when all the angels stand up, while the four living creatures and the four and twenty elders worship him that sitteth on the throne, and the Lamb, the seven spirits neither stand up nor worship. To these seven spirits of God, the seven churches, to whom the Spirit speaks so many things, are subordinate; as are also their angels, yea, and the seven angels which stand before God. He is called the seven spirits, not with regard to his essence, which is one, but with regard to his manifold operations.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 1:4


Re 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia. The churches are named in Re 1:11. The term "Asia" did not mean in the first century what it does now, but only the Roman province called Asia, of which Ephesus was the capital. All the seven churches are in that province. It is supposed that SEVEN, the perfect and sacred number, were chosen, because the seven were to symbolize the whole Church of Christ. There were in the province of Asia more than seven churches at this time, as we know, Colosse, Miletus (Ac 20:17) and Hierapolis (Col 4:13) being named in the New Testament. Grace [be] to you. The benediction, like that in the apostolic epistles, shows that Revelation is an epistle also, addressed directly to seven churches and through them to all the church. From him which is. The I AM. See Ex 3:14. From the seven Spirits. The Holy Spirit. The numeral seven indicates fulness, perfection. It is the sacred number. The sevens are constantly repeated through Revelation. There are seven churches, seven spirits, seven trumpets, seven thunders, seven vials, etc.

Discussion for Revelation 1

  • God's Girl
    Leslie: I have read this book 2 times and I have loved it so much. I agree that it is unfolding right before our eyes! I can't wait till we can go home! Life is short.
  • Leslie
    The entire book of Revelation is opening up very quickly during this very time. It is crucial that we become greater in our faith than ever before. Each and everyday, whether we live during the time that Jesus returns, or leave this life before that time. The day will come that we will all answer to God for all that we've done or didn't do in this earth to serve Him.
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 15:13 GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS --- MARK 8:35 --- FOR WHOSOEVER WILL SAVE HIS LIFE SHALL LOSE IT BUT WHOSOEVER SHALL LOSE HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE AND THE GOSPELS THE SAME SHALL SAVE IT JOHN 15:14 YOU ARE MY FRIENDS -- IF -- YOU DO WHATSOEVER I COMMAND YOU
  • Steve morrow
    ACTS 8:22 REPENT THEREFORE OF THIS THY WICKEDNESS AND PRAY GOD IF PERHAPS THE THOUGHT OF THINE HEART MAY BE FORGIVEN --PHILIPPIANS 2:15--THAT YOU MAY BE BLAMELESS AND HARMLESS-- THE SONS OF GOD WITHOUT REBUKE IN THE MIDST OF A CROOKED AND PERVERSE NATION AMONG WHOM YOU SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THE WORLD
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 15:13 GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS --15:14-- YOU ARE MY FRIENDS --IF YOU DO--WHATSOEVER I COMMAND YOU TITUS 3:2 TO SPEAK EVIL OF NO MAN TO BE NO BRAWLERS --- BUT GENTLE --- SHOWING ALL MEEKNESS UNTO --ALL MEN-- LUKE 17:33 WHOSOEVER SHALL SEEK TO SAVE HIS LIFE---SHALL LOSE IT--- AND WHOSOEVER SHALL LOSE HIS LIFE SHALL PRESERVE IT
  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 10:16 BEHOLD I SEND YOU FORTH AS SHEEP IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES BE YOU THEREFORE WISE AS SERPENTS AND --HARMLESS-- AS DOVES 1 PETER 4:15 BUT LET NONE OF YOU --SUFFER AS A MURDERER-- OR AS A THIEF OR AS AN EVIL DOER OR AS A BUSY BODY IN OTHER MENS MATTERS***2 TIMOTHY 2:24 AND THE SERVANT OF THE LORD MUST NOT STRIVE --- BUT BE GENTLE --- UNTO ALL MEN --- APT TO TEACH PATIENT

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