As I was Reading Today – Seiss’s Lectures on the Apocalypse


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Sometimes you unearth comments about one subject, whilst perusing another. In this case, this comes from Seiss’s 2nd lecture on the book of The revelation. And the text he was expatiating upon was this: Revelation 1:4–5 (ESV) “4 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, 5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.”

His concluding paragraph on the portion show how his mind was provoked by his contemplation of the Trinity. It is rich.

“Conceive of these three, then, as one Almighty and ineffable Godhead,—the Father in the absoluteness of his unchanging nature and universal presence, the Spirit in all the completeness of his manifold energies and diversified operations, and the Son in the virtues of his blood-sealed testimony, of the new begotten power of his resurrection, and of the super-royal administrations of his eternal kinghood, each in his place, and all as one, laid under contribution, and unreservedly and irrevocably pledged, for the blessedness of them that believe;—sound the depths of such a fountain of good; test the firmness of such a basis of confidence; survey the strength and majesty of such a refuge for the soul; weigh the treasures of bliss which are opened up in such a presentation; and you may begin to form some conception of the resources of the saints, and of the real breadth and joyousness of this apostolic Salutation to the Churches. Is it any wonder that John’s heart took fire at the contemplation, or that he should abruptly pass from affectionate greeting to jubilant doxology? Surely “the name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is set on high.”

Seiss, J. A. 1901. The Apocalypse: A Series of Special Lectures on the Revelation of Jesus Christ with Revised Text. Eighth Edition. Vol. 1. New York: Charles C. Cook.

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2 thoughts on “As I was Reading Today – Seiss’s Lectures on the Apocalypse

  1. …some might say the first is a run-on sentence; perhaps….but it’s the best run-on sentence I’ll read today.

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