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The names of Jesus in the book of Revelation – Part 22


Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

Creator” cont.’

“CREATES” is even used of initiating an act of judgment (Num 16:30), where “make a new thing” is literally “creates a creation”). Is 65:17 looks ahead to God’s final act of creation, the new heavens and the new earth.

Gen 1:1 A summary statement introducing the six days of creative activity. The truth of this majestic verse was joyfully affirmed by poet (Ps 102:25) and prophet (Isa 40:21).


In the beginning God. The Bible always assumes, and never argues, God’s existence.

Although everything else had a beginning, God has always been (Ps 90:2). In the beginning. Jn 1:1-10, which stresses the work of Christ in creation, opens with the same phrase.

God created. “God” renders the common Hebrews noun Elohim. It is plural but the verb is singular, a normal usage in the OT, when reference is to the one true God.

This use of the plural expresses intensification rather than number and has been called the plural of majesty, or of potentiality.

In the OT, the Hebrew verb for “create” is used only of divine, never of human, activity. The heavens and the earth. “All things” (Isa 44:24).

That God created everything is also taught in Ecc 11:5; Jer 10:16; Jn 1:3; Col 1:16; Heb 1:2. The positive, life-oriented teaching of v.1 is beautifully summarised in Isa 45:18.

Who/What is “the Spirit of God” (Gen 1:2)? The Holy Spirit is also called “The Spirit of God” (Rom 8:2,9,14); and “Spirit of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:19). Who/What is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Christ and we receive it from Jesus Christ, when He breathes on us (Jn 20:22).


On the day of Jesus resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples (Jn 20:19-23).

“…He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn 20:22)

There is life in the breath of God. Man was created but did not come alive, until God breathed into him the breath of life (Genesis 2:7).

God’s first breath made man different from all other forms of creation. Now, through the breath of Jesus, God imparted eternal, spiritual life.

This impartation of the Holy Spirit by Jesus to His disciples on resurrection day was the disciples’ initial new covenant experience of the regenerating presence of the Holy Spirit and the impartation of the new life from the risen Christ.

Other names for the Holy Spirit

In the OT, the Holy Spirit is referred to as The Spirit of God (Gen 1:2; 41:38; 1 Sam 19:20; 23; 2 Chro 15:1; Spirit of the LORD (Judge 6:34; 11:29; 13:25; 14:6,19; 15:14,19; 1 Kgs 22:24; 2 Chr 11:23; 20:14; Is 40:13; 48:16; 59:19; 61:1; 63:14; Ezek 11:5, 24; Counseller (Is 40:13)

In the NT, The Holy Spirit is also called Spirit of God (Mat 3:16; 12:28; Rom 8:2, 91:14; 15:19; 1 Cor 2:11, 14; 6:11; 7:40; Eph 4:30; 1 Jn 4:2; Spirit of your Father (Mat 10:20); Spirit of the Lord (Lk 4:18; 2 Cor 3:18); God is Spirit (Jn 4:24); Another Helper (Jn 14:16) NKJV; Another Comforter (Jn 14:16) KJV; Spirit of truth (Jn 14:17; 15:26; 1 Jn 5:6); Spirit of life (Rom 8:2); Spirit of holiness (Rom 1:4); The Spirit (Rom 8:11); His Spirit (Rom 8:11); Spirit of the living God (2 Cor 3:3); The Spirit that bears witness (1 Jn 5:6); Holy Spirit of promise (Eph 1:13); Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:19); Spirit of grace (Heb 10:29); “Paraclete” (Jn 16:7); The Promise of the Father (Acts 1:4); “Advocate” (1 Jn 2:1); Spirit of life from God (Rev 11:11)

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