Revelation 1:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 1:2, NIV: who testifies to everything he saw--that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 1:2, ESV: who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.

Revelation 1:2, KJV: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Revelation 1:2, NASB: who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, everything that he saw.

Revelation 1:2, NLT: who faithfully reported everything he saw. This is his report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 1:2, CSB: who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, whatever he saw.

What does Revelation 1:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In this verse John testifies that this account of his encounter with Jesus Christ has been recorded accurately. Further, he describes the substance of his testimony as the Word of God. The book of Revelation, therefore, is the product of divine inspiration and not the product of human imagination.

John had previously written the Gospel of John, introducing Jesus to the world as the Word, God's message in human form. In his Gospel, John depicts Jesus as the Son of God and frames His work around seven key miracles. These are "signs" which show conclusively that Jesus is the Son of God. By recording these miracles John intended to persuade readers to believe in Jesus and thereby receive eternal life. He wrote in John 20:30–31: "Now Jesus did many other [miracles] in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name."

This revelation bears further testimony to the character of Jesus Christ.