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The names of Jesus in the Book of Revelation – Part 12


Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

The connection of Son of God with Jesus’ royal office is also found in the Gospel of John (1:49; 11:27; 20:30), in Paul’s letters (Rom. 1:3-4; 1 Cor. 15:28; Col. 1:13), and in Luke’s writings (Acts 9:20-22).

Primarily, the title “Son of God” affirms Jesus’ deity evidenced by His person and His work. John emphasised Jesus’ personal relationship to the Father.

Paul stressed the salvation that Jesus provided (Rom. 1:4; 1 Thess. 1:10), and the author of Hebrews focused on Jesus’ priesthood (5:5). All of these are vitally related to His position as Son of God.


In the Gospels, Jesus often spoke of His Father (see for example, John chapters 5:18-47, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17).
Key verses!

“I and My Father are one.” (Jn 10:30)

This is the clearest statement of Jesus’ divinity he ever made. Jesus and His Father are one in essence and nature. Thus, Jesus is not merely a good teacher—He is God. His claim to be God was unmistakable.

“If you have known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” (Jn 14:7)
“Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”

9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works” (Jn 14:9,10).

11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves” (Jn 14:11)

“No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” (Jn 1:18)

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (Jn 14:2,3)

“A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me Because I live, you will live also.20At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you” (Jn 14:19,20)

“I am going away and coming back to you. If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, I am going to the Father, for My Father is greater than I” (Jn 14:28)

The Father is greater than I. Revealing the subordinate role Jesus accepted as a necessary part of the incarnation (Phil 2:6-11)

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (Jn 1:14)

“the Word was made flesh.” Christ, the eternal God, became a human being (Phil 2:5-9) Humanity and deity were united in Him. In a humble way, He entered human life with all the limitations of human experiences. (See discourse on “Jesus is God” later).

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