Revelation 1:13 Index
"And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle."
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"...in the midst of the seven candlesticks..."

  • The lampstands represent each of the seven churches John is writing to, and Christ is walking among the churches showing His constant care. Notice that the churches are lampstands, no candles; Christ is the "light of the world" (John 8:12), and the Word of God is "a lamp unto my feet" (Psalm 119:105). The church is not the light -- but merely the instrument to convey the light. Does Christ light up your life? (KC 26)

"...one like unto the Son of man..."

  • John, who had spent three and a half years with Jesus, was not seeing Him as He was here on earth. Instead, he saw Him as the risen Lord in His glorified state. The language John uses is highly figurative, yet it is the best word picture ever presented of Jesus in Heaven, and without doubt, the way [Jesus] will appear a [His] Second Advent.... His vision of the glory of Christ is almost identical to the one given the prophet Daniel more than 600 years before (Daniel 19:5-12). One of thee word pictures describes Him before humiliation, and the other describes Him after He received back His glory as our Priest and King. Paul states that Jesus is a Priest after the order of Melchizedek, a priest-king from the Old Testament. His garment is that of the priest, and the golden band around his chest is symbolic of His position as a King. (KC 25)
  • ...It is certain from Revelation 1:11, 18 that the One thus referred to - as in Daniel 7:13 - is Christ. While the title "the Son of man," with the definite article, is used of Christ more than 80 times in the New Testament, the expression "Son of man," without the definite article, is used of Him in the Greek New Testament in only two other instances (Revelation 14:14, which is clearly an allusion to Daniel 7:13; and John 5:27, where Jesus' humanity is emphasized).... Applying the same principle as [used in] Daniel 7:13, we find that here John beholds Christ in vision for the first time. He has the form, not of an angel or of some other celestial being, but of a man. He is human in form, albeit of dazzling brightness.... When the glorified Christ manifested Himself to John in celestial splendor He still appeared to him in the likeness of a human being. Although Christ was eternally pre-existent as the second person of the Godhead, and ever remains os, His assumption of humanity is for all eternity to come.... What a comfort to know that our ascended, glorified Lord is still our brother in humanity, yet at the same time also God! (7BC 738)

"...clothed with a garment down to the foot..."

  • A long garment is a symbol of dignity. (7BC 738)

"...and girt about the paps with a golden girdle."

  • That is, the breasts. (7BC 738)