I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ…
1. See here how far graceless and profane persecutors may prevail against the servants of Jesus Christ.
2. Solitariness for Christ is not the worst condition. Christ can make up that another way, and if there be a necessity of withdrawing men from their duty: neither doth John lose anything by his banishment; for he finds more intimate communion with Christ, and gets more of His mind: nor doth the Church lose anything by it; for she gets this revelation of God's mind. If we believed this we would never go out of God's way to make up His work: for if He please to lay us by He knows how to make up that both to ourselves and God's people. The Christian Church is as much beholden to Paul's imprisonment in epistles, as to his liberty in preaching.
3. Honest suffering for Christ hath often with it the clearest manifestations of Christ. Folks that will continue faithful and bide by their duty through sufferings, they shall not only not be losers but gainers (1 Peter 4:14).
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.