“These things saith the Amen, the Faithful and True witness, the Beginning of the creation of God” Revelation 3:14 KJV
“The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this…” Revelation 3:14 NASB
To a cold, lifeless, and self-contented assembly, the Lord presents Himself with one of the fullest revelations of His person afforded to any of the seven assemblies in Revelation 2 and 3. While the titles would serve as a gentle rebuke to their failure, they would reveal the person of Christ in such a way as to display all the resource they needed for recovery and testimony for God.
He is first of all presented as the “Amen.” Elsewhere we are told that all the promises of God in Him are “amen unto the glory of God” (2 Cor 1:20). As the “Amen,” there is the absolute assurance that all the purposes and promises of God will be fulfilled. Men may and do fail. Our stewardship is blighted at best. But all that has been placed into His capable hands will be brought to fruition. He has laid the groundwork for God to accomplish and fulfill all that has been in His heart eternally. To Laodicea, and to us, has been given the great privilege of sharing in that work by our activity and service. Failure marked the assembly; they did not rise to their responsibility and privilege. But as the “Amen,” the Lord would remind them He was their resource for carrying out what God has entrusted to the local assembly.
He is also the “Faithful and True Witness.” He is the One Who witnessed a good confession before Pilate. He was faithful unto death. He was faithful to the Word of God; not one compromise was made, or one Scripture left undone. He was faithful to the will of God; He breathed out the most costly prayer which ever ascended from earth to heaven: “Not my will, but Thine be done.” He was faithful to the work of God; He accomplished that work at the cost of His own life. In being faithful, He was also “True.” He loved truth, lived truth, and died for truth. He loved righteousness and hated lawlessness. But “true witness” may also carry the thought that He is the example of the quintessential witness. He is the genuine or ultimate witness. All those who follow Him are faint, flickering lights compared to the blaze of His witness-bearing light.
But what of the beginning or the head (arche) of the creation of God? How would this relate or have relevance to the assembly? He is the origin of creation; He is the origin of both the natural creation and the new. All belongs to Him by reason of ownership and redemption. They were His but were living for themselves. They were living for time, while He is eternal One.
In these three titles, we see His association with eternity, history, and deity. He is the Source of all, the Sacrifice for all, and the Securer of all. What a privilege for Laodicea to bear testimony to such a glorious person! What a privilege for us to know Him and be worshipers of Him!
Think of other reasons why these titles would be so relevant to the assembly at Laodicea and also to us.