The names of Jesus in the Book of Revelation – Part 21
(4) The NT sees Christ in OT statements about the Lord. Compare Ps 23:1 with John 10:11; Ps 102:24-27 with Heb 1:10-12; Is 8:13-14 with 1 Pet 2:7-8; Jer 17:10 with Rev 2:23; Ezek 34:11-12 with Luke 19:10.
(5) The name of Jesus Christ is associated with that of God the Father (14:1,23; Mat 28:19; Rom 1:7; 2 Cor 13:14; Col 2:2; 1 Thes 3:11; Jas 1:1; Rev 5:13; 7:10).
(6) Christ’s sinlessness and holiness testify to His deity (Luke 1:35; 2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15).
(7) Christ was declared to be the Son of God by His resurrection (Rom 1:4).
These conclusive proofs of Christ’s deity mean that believers must act toward Christ in exactly the same manner as they act toward God the Father. They must believe in Him, worship Him, pray to Him, serve Him and love Him.
“And when Abraham was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abraham and said unto him I am the Almighty God; walk before me and be thou perfect” (Gen 17:1)
“Almighty God,” Heb El Shaddai. Shaddai (the Almighty) is an old name for God, used over 30 times in Job. It may be related to the Akkadian shadu, “mountain,” or it may come from shadad, “to be powerful. “God’s power is sufficient for those who rest in His shadow (Ps 91:1). The Hebrew (El-shaddai) perhaps means “God, the Mountain One,” either highlighting the invincible power of God or referring to the mountains as God’s symbolic home (see Ps 121:1). It was the special name by which God revealed Himself to the patriarchs (see Exod 6:3). Shaddai occurs 31 times in the book of Job and 17 times in the rest of the Bible. Genesis 17:1 makes it clear why Jesus said, “Before Abraham was born, I am!” (Jn 8:58).
(16) Creator (Rev 4:11)
“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” (Rev 4:11)
The point of this chapter 4 is summed up in this verse: all creatures in heaven and earth will praise and honour God, because He is the Creator and Sustainer of everything.
“And swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer” (Rev 10:6)
Read the story of the creation in Genesis 1 and 2; and earlier notes on the name “The Beginning of Creation of God.”
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth 2The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Gen 1:1,2)
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Gen 2:7)
“God,” Heb ‘elohim. The im ending is the Hebrew plural. The singular form, ‘eloah, is found in Job. The Bible uses ‘elohim in the plural for the many pagan gods, as well as for the one true God. For the true God, the plural indicates that He sums up within Himself the completeness of all that is God; all that is divine.
“Created,” Heb bara’, used of God’s bringing something new into existence. In addition to the original creation of Gen 1, it is used of bringing the nation of Israel into existence (Is 43:1).
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