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Christ Lives for His Church (Revelation 1:1-18)

Thomas E. Graham, 04/13/1980
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Revelation 1:1-18

1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 2Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 3Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. 4John 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; 5And 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, 6And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 7Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 8I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. 9I 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. 10I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and 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. 12And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 13And 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. 14His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16And 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. 17And 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: 18I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (KJV)

Thomas E. Graham
About Thomas E. Graham: Thomas Graham was born in Melbourne, Australia to missionary parents. His father, a Scot, met his mother, an American, while on the mission field in Africa. Graduated from Weaton College and Princeton Theological Seminary, Graham pastored a small church in New Jersey before being called to Aisquith in 1969. A staunch Reformed theologian, Graham was recognized as a gifted preacher who occupied the pulpit each Sunday with very few notes. His love for our Lord and his awe of Scripture are evident in his sermons. During his tenure here he organized the Middle Atlantic Sovereign Grace Theological Society, attracting to Aisquith such speakers as R.C. Sproul, John Reisinger and John Gerstner. He also guided the congregation through its traumatic break with the United Presbyterian Church. He was diagnosed with cancer in February 1987 and was called Home in April of that year. His wife of nearly 26 years, the former Anna Green, remains active in Aisquith. One of their two sons now pastors the small New Jersey church once pastored by Tom, and the other is a successful Christian fantasy author. (We should note that the titles for Graham's sermons were, for the most part, not selected by him. In fact, he objected to sermon titles, generally, believing they might hinder his ability to change course, if he was so led, during the sermon. However, the presentation of hundreds of sermons, such as we have on this site, requires more description for the visitor than merely "The Sermon," which is what appeared in the weekly bulletin. We think, given our situation, he'd agree.)
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