1. Exposition

Of what is Jesus a faithful and true witness?

Revelation 3:14 (ESV)

14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

With this self-description Christ Jesus recalls what he said in Revelation 1:5. A witness is someone who has heard or seen a particular word or event and now testifies of what he’s heard or seen. A witness can be malicious, giving a fabricated or twisted account (e.g., 1 Kings 21:13). Christ Jesus, however, describes himself as a faithful and true witness. Of what? John had recorded Jesus’ words to Nicodemus, where the Lord testified of what he had seen of God in heaven, including his plan for salvation of sinners (John 3:12–15). People on earth rejected Jesus’ testimony about God’s plan, to the point of crucifying him, thereby rejecting also his Sender. But Christ arose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and appeared to John in glory (Revelation 1:1–20), and so demonstrated that he in fact was “the faithful and true witness” of what he’d seen in heaven. With the descriptive phrase faithful and true witness, then, Jesus Christ tells Laodicea that he is the one who testifies on earth of glorious heavenly realities that impact life on earth. This second self-description adds to and elaborates on his first title in this letter, the term amen.