King's Business - 1920-03

THE K I N G ’ S BUS I NE S S neighbor and God’s love in our hearts makes us kind and loving and ready to help at all times, and this a good place for our memory verse. If we just say we love and do not snow it Dy the things we do, we will he like the light


that did not give any light. Let us show our love by our deeds every day. Closing Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, fill our hearts with Thy love, and help us to show our love in the things we do each day.

M A R C H 1 4 , 1920 JOHN ON THE ISLE OF PATMOS. Golden Text: “ Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” 13i8> LESSON TEXT Rev. 1:4-18. (Read Rev. 1; Isa. 6:1-8.)

(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; (5) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood. (6) And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (7) Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail be­ cause of him. Even so, Amen. (8) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (9) 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. (10) I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet. (11) Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and Introduction. There is too much material in this lesson to allow of extended comment. We should have three or four lessons out of this chapter in order to treat it helpfully. Note the value of

the last; and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia: unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. (12) And I turned to see the voice that spake with ihe. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; (13) And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a gar­ ment down to the foot, and girt about at the paps with a golden girdle. (14) His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; (15) And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. (16) And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. (17) And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: (18) I am he that liveth, and I was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and I have the keys of hell and of death. treated by many of His followers. It is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, given through John, the last of the apostles,— the faithful witness. John was exiled by the Emperor Domitian to Patmos, an island fifty miles southwest of Ephesus. He is said to have worked in a mine there. Ephesus was one of the seven churches,— a center from which John superintended the others, which were adjacent.


reading the Book of Revelation (v. 3) which our Lord so

clearly emphasizes, and note also the indifference with which the book is

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