Notes on Revelation 1:5d-6 | Notes on the Apocalypse of John
The idea is presented here that Jesus loved us and acted on our behalf. “The Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20). “Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (Eph 5:2).
“To free” means “to release, to rescue.” Being freed from sin implies we were held in bondage to sin and Christ released us from this captivity.
The allusion to a kingdom and priests reminds one of Exodus 19:6. “Kingdom” refers to Christians’ forming the new spiritual Israel, God’s new kingdom. As priests, Christians offer sacrifices to God.