I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ…
I. A DELIGHTFUL ENCOURAGEMENT TO THOSE WHO ARE THE LORD'S example of the beloved John hath, in the next place, a manifest application to those who are permitted to enjoy the privileges of public worship.
II. IT IS THEIR DUTY TO BE IN THE SPIRIT ON THE LORD'S DAY, AND IN HIS HOUSE OF PRAYER.
III. THE DANGER OF THOSE WHO NEGLECT THE PRIVILEGE OF SABBATH ORDINANCES, AND FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING OF THEMSELVES TOGETHER IN THE HOUSE OF PRAYER. Did it ever occur to you why the Creator made man in His own image and likeness, on the evening before the Sabbath? Let me say that surely it was thus done in order that His gifted creature might forthwith enter upon the observance of the Sabbath; that he might begin his life with that worship of the Most High which was the chief end of his being. It is related concerning one of the richest mines of Peru, that thousands passed over it without noticing the wealth beneath their feet, until at length a poor Indian, just falling down a precipice, snatched at a bush to save his life, and exposed a mass of ore, of which it appeared that the whole surface of the mountain was composed. If ye had attended in the house of prayer, and caught at the ordinances of the gospel, the treasures of the love of Christ would have been discovered, and they would have made you rich indeed.
(R. P. Buddicom, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.