Revelation 1:6 Index
"And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
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" . . . hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father . . . " (Exodus 19:6; Revelation 5:10)

  • ...Jesus even goes further and says he "has made us kings and priests to His God" (Revelation 1:6). Beyond our wildest dreams, He makes us kings and priests. He does not say that we may become kings and priests, but "I have made you kings and priests." This is the very essence of Christianity. Being is not the result of doing, but rather, doing is the result of being. Jesus is not saying that if we act a certain way we may become a child of God, but, "Since I made you a child of God, you should act like one." (KC 23)
  • Christ has constituted His church a "kingdom" and its individual members "priests." To be a member of the kingdom is to be a "priest." Compare the "royal priesthood" of (1 Peter 2:9). Those who have accepted salvation in Christ make up a kingdom whose king is Christ. Reference here is to the kingdom of divine grace in the hearts of men (Matthew 4:17). A priest may be regarded as one who presents offerings to God (Hebrews 5:1; Hebrews 8:3), and in this sense every Christian has the privilege of presenting "spiritual sacrifices" -- prayer, intercession, thanksgiving, glory -- to God (I Peter 2:5; 1 Peter 2:9). Because every Christian is a priest, he may approach God on his own behalf, without the mediation of another human being, and on behalf of others. Christ is our mediator (I Timothy 2:5), our great "high priest," and through Him it is our privilege to "come bodily unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 4:16).(7BC 733)
  • During the thousand years between the first and the second resurrection the judgment of the wicked takes place. The apostle Paul points to this judgment as an event that follows the second advent. “Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts” (1 Corinthians 4:5). Daniel declares that when the Ancient of Days came, “judgment was given to the saints of the Most High" (Daniel 7:22). At this time the righteous reign as kings and priests unto God. John in the Revelation says: “I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them” (Revelation 20:4). “They shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years” (Revelation 20:6)*****. It is at this time that, as foretold by Paul, “the saints shall judge the world” (1 Corinthians 6:2). In union with Christ they judge the wicked, comparing their acts with the statute book, the Bible, and deciding every case according to the deeds done in the body. Then the portion which the wicked must suffer is meted out, according to their works; and it is recorded against their names in the book of death. (GC 660-661)

" . . . God and His Father . . . "

  • Or, "God, even His Father." (7BC 733)

"...to Him be glory..."

  • Or, "to Him the glory," that is, to Christ (Revelation 1:5). (7BC 733)

"...and dominion..."

  • To ascribe "dominion" to Christ is to acknowledge Him as the rightful ruler of the universe. After the resurrection He received "all power... in heaven and in earth" (Matthew 28:18). Christ merits the unending praise of mankind in return for His triumph over sin and death (Colossians 2:15). Satan had challenged Christ's right to "glory and dominion," but these are rightfully Christ's. With this doxology, or ascription of praise, John concludes the salutation to his letter (Revelation 1:4-6). (7BC 733)

"...Amen." (Matthew 5:18)