Revelation 1:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 1:6, NIV: and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father--to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

Revelation 1:6, ESV: and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 1:6, KJV: And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 1:6, NASB: and He made us into a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 1:6, NLT: He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

Revelation 1:6, CSB: and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father--to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

What does Revelation 1:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Once we were helpless sinners, but now, as John explains in this verse, we are a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). Once we served sin; now we worship and serve God. We are a kingdom of priests. In Old Testament times, priests offered sacrifices on behalf of the people of Israel and stood as mediators between the people and God. Now we come directly to God through Jesus, and we offer ourselves and spiritual sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1; 1 Peter 2:5). Once we were in Satan's domain; now we are in Jesus' domain. Ephesians 2:2, 5 remind us that once we were followers of the prince of the power of the air—Satan—but our merciful and loving God made us alive together with Christ.

As John contemplates what God has done for believers by making us a kingdom and priests, he spontaneously offers praise to God. He ascribes glory and dominion. He concludes his doxology by saying, "Amen," meaning, "Let it be so!" A similar praise for God's grace and power on our behalf should arise from our hearts and lips.