I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ…
I. THAT IT WRITES UPON A HEAVENLY SUGGESTION. "What thou seest write in a book."
1. It does not write merely upon the suggestion of some interesting topic.
2. It does not write for the desire of popular authorship.
3. It does not write in the hope of financial remuneration.
4. It writes upon the prompting of a Divine impulse.
II. THAT IT RECORDS CELESTIAL VISIONS.
1. It does not record the fancies of fiction.
2. It does not record the vagaries of philosophy.
3. It records the higher moral experiences of the soul.
III. THAT IT WRITES FOR THE MORAL INSTRUCTION OF THE CHURCH. "And send it unto the seven Churches which are in Asia."
1. The Church needs the instruction of Christian authorship.
2. Christ requires that Christian authorship should seek the moral good of the Church.Lessons: —
1. God commands good men to write books for the welfare of the Church.
2. Let men seek the higher moods of authorship.
3. Let us cultivate an experience of soul worthy of record.
(J. S. Exell, 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.