The names of Jesus in the Book of Revelation – Part 13
Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.” (Jn 6:46)
“Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.29 And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” 30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him.” (Jn 8:28-30)
“He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him” (8:26)
“They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father.” (Jn 8:27). Jesus said to the blind man, who had been miraculously healed by Jesus.
“Do you believe in the Son of God?” 36 He (the healed blind man) answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” 37 And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”
38 Then he (the healed blind man) said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshipped Him.” (Jn 9:35-38). God…. Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person…sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Heb 1:1-3)
God The Father: An Overview
In the OT the word “father” is used for God to describe the close kinship that He enjoys with His worshippers. There are many figurative references to God’s fatherhood. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him” (Ps. 103: 13). God is a “father to Israel” (Jer. 31:9) and speaks of Israel as His “son” (Exod. 4:22; Hos. 11: 1).
Father is the distinguishing title for God in the NT. Jesus taught His disciples to use the Aramaic Abba, a term of affection that approximates our word “Daddy,” to address the heavenly Father.
Father takes on a richer meaning, when it is joined with other designations: Our Father (Jesus taught His disciples to address God in this manner when they prayed; Matt. 6:9):
Father of mercies (2 Cor. 1:3); Father of lights (James 1:17); Father of glory (Eph. 1:17).
When the Father title is juxtaposed with the word, “Son,” the significance of God’s name in
relation to Jesus Christ is understood. Christ’s claim to have come in His Father’s name reveals that He was God’s unique representative (John 5:43).
He shares the Father’s essential authority and works done in His Father’s name bear witness to this special relationship (John 10:25). Christ has provided a full revelation of God because He has clearly declared His name (John 12:28; 17:6).
(11) “Faithful and True Witness” (Rev 3:14)
“These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness” (Rev 3:14)
See earlier notes on “Faithful Witness” (Rev 1:5)
Jesus is the “True Witness”—(see Isaiah 55:4; Jn 5:36; 8:14,18; 18:37; 1Jn 5:9)
“I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me” (Jn 8:18)
Read Jn 8:13-18. The Pharisees argued that Jesus’ claim was legally invalid because he had no other witnesses. Jesus responded that His confirming witness was God Himself. Jesus and the Father made two witnesses, the number required by the law (Deut 19:15)
“He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him” (Jn 8:26)
“They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father” (Jn 8:27).
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