“Jesus, the holy One of God, is present among them [the churches, represented by lampstands] and knows their situation more truly than they do. The appearance of the churches as golden lampstands also signals their calling to reflect the light of God’s heavenly court into the present darkness on earth.” (Dennis E. Johnson, The Triumph of the Lamb, p. 61).
“Possessing a key means having power and authority. But no one on the face of this earth is able to claim power over Death and Hades. Jesus, who triumphed over death and the grave, possesses the keys to unlock them.” (Simon Kistemaker, Revelation, NTC, p. 100).
Quotes used in the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC.