v4 I am John, and I am writing to the 7 *churches. You live in the country called Asia. I pray that God will continue to be very kind to you. I pray also that he will cause you to be without trouble inside yourselves. God will do these things for you. He is alive now and he has always been alive. And he will come.
The 7 *spirits that are in front of God’s *throne will also do these things for you.
v5 And Jesus Christ will also do these things for you. He always says and shows true things. He is the first person who became alive again after death for all time. He rules the rulers on the earth.
Jesus loves us. He bled and died for us. That is how he made us free. We are free from all the bad things that we have done. v6 He has made us belong to his family, who rule as kings. He has made us *priests, to be servants of his God and Father. Jesus Christ will always be very great! All authority is his for all time. This is true.
v7 Look, he will come on the clouds! Everyone will see him, even those who pierced him. People from all the countries on earth will be sad because of him. Yes, this is true.
v8 ‘I cause all things to begin and I cause the end of all things’, says the *Lord God. ‘I have all authority. I am alive and I was always alive. And I will come.’