1:6 The theme of worship and praise of God extends throughout Revelation. Note the praises in 4:8, 11; 5:9, 13; 7:12; 11:15; 12:10–12; 15:3, 4; 19:1–8. Utterances of praise are an integral part of the spiritual war.
kingdom, priests. Saints enjoy God’s rule and as priests have intimate access to Him (Heb. 10:19–22; 1 Pet. 2:5–9). In the future, they will reign with Him (2:26, 27; 3:21; 5:10; 20:4, 6). All nations now share in the priestly privileges given to Israel in Ex. 19:6. The purposes of redemption that are seen in the Exodus from Egypt, and the purposes of dominion given to humanity at creation, are both fulfilled through Christ (5:9, 10). The theme of priestly worship and access to God is complementary to the temple theme in Revelation (4:1–5:14 note).
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