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The names of Jesus in the book of revelation – Part 11

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Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

“The First and the Last.” (1:17)

“And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.” (Rev1: 17)

Jesus is the “God” in the First verse of the Bible (Gen 1:1) and the “Amen” in the Last verse of the Bible (Rev 22:21). Jesus is prophesied as “the First and the Last” (Isaiah 41:4)

“He who lives” (1:18)

“I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” (Rev 1:18)
Read Luke 24:1-12. Jesus Rises from the Dead

“Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6He is not here, but is risen!” (Luke 24:6)

“But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. 7 But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.” (Mark 16:6-7). See Job 19:25; Mat 28:1-10; Jn 20; Rom 6:9; Jn 11:25

“Son of God” (2:18)
 
“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass” (Rev 2:18)

Jesus Claims To Be God’s Son
See Mat 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,17; 27:43; Mark 3:11, 12; 14:61,62; Luke 8:28; 10: 22; John 1:18; 3:35,36; 5:18-26; 6:40; 10:35-37; 11:4; 17:1; 19:7; Rev 2:18)

Son of God Term used to express the deity of Jesus of Nazareth as the one, unique Son of God. In the OT certain men and angels (Gen. 6:1-4; Ps. 29: 1; 82:6; 89:6) are called “sons of
God.”

The people of Israel were corporately considered the sons of God (Exod. 4:22; Jer. 31:20; Hos. 11:1). The concept also is employed in the OT with reference to the king as God’s son (Ps. 2:7). The promises found in the Davidic covenant (2 Sam. 7:14) are the source for this special filial relationship.

Jesus’ own assertions and intimations indicate that references to Him as Son of God can be traced to Jesus Himself. At the centre of Jesus’ identity in the Fourth Gospel is His divine Son- ship (John 10:36).

Jesus conceived of His divine Sonship as unique as indicated by such assertions as “the Father and I are one” (John 10:30) and the “Father is in Me and I in the Father” (John 10:38). Elsewhere, He frequently referred to God as “My Father” (John 5:17; 6:32; 8:54; 10:18; 15:15; Matt. 7:21; 10:32-33; 20:23; 26:29,53; Mark 8:38; Luke 2:49; 10:21-22).

At Jesus’ baptism and transfiguration, God the Father identified Jesus as His Son, in passages reflecting Ps. 2:7. He was identified as Son of God by an angel prior to His birth (Luke 1:32,35), by Satan at His temptation (Matt. 4:3,6), by John the Baptist (John 1:34), and by the centurion at the crucifixion (Matt. 27:54).

Several of His followers ascribed to Him this title in various contexts (Matt. 14:33; 16:16; John 1:49; 11:27). The term “Son of God” reveals Jesus’ divine Sonship and is closely associated with His royal position as Messiah. Gabriel told Mary that her Son would not only be called the Son of God but would also reign on the messianic (David’s) throne (Luke 1: 32-33).

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