The names of Jesus in the Book of Revelation – Part 37
In the same way, God’s love is constant and patient and welcoming. He will search for us and give us opportunity to respond to the convicting work of the Holy Spirit (Jn 16:8; Rev 3:20), but He will not force us to come to Him. Like the father in the story of the lost son, God waits patiently for us to come to our senses.
(21) “Christ” (Rev 12:10)
“Christ” is English for the Greek Christos, “anointed one.” The Hebrew word is Mashiach, Messiah. Read Dan 9:25-26: The Messiah will be rejected and killed by His own people. His perfect eternal kingdom will come later. (1) From the beginning Matthew affirms that Jesus is God’s Anointed One, anointed with the Holy Spirit (cf. Is 61:1; Luke 4:18; John 3:34; Act 10:38). (2) Jesus was anointed as Prophet to bring knowledge and truth (Deut 18:15); as Priest to offer the sacrifice and cancel the guilt (Ps 110:4; Heb 10:10-14); and as King to establish, rule, and lead the kingdom of righteousness (Zech 9:9).
“And the high priest said to Him (Jesus), “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” 64Jesus said to him, “It is as you said.
(22) “Faithful and True” (19:11)
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.” (Rev 19:11)
See notes on “Faithful and True Witness” above (Rev 1:5; 3:14)
(23) “The Word of God” (19:13)
“He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” (Rev 19:13)
Jesus is called “The Word” (Jn 1:1)
The Word of God: An overview
The Nature of the Word of God. The phrase “the word of God” (also “the word of the LORD,” or even simply “the Word”) refers to a variety of situations in the Bible. (1) It obviously refers first of all to anything that God has spoken directly. When God spoke to Adam and Eve (e.g., Gen 2:16-17; Gen 3:9-19), what He said was the word of God. In a similar way, God spoke His word to Abraham (e.g., Gen 12:1-3), Isaac (e.g., Gen 26:1-5), Jacob (e.g., Gen 28:13-15) and Moses (e.g., Ex 3-4).
God also spoke to the entire nation of Israel at Mount Sinai, when He recited the Ten Commandments (see Ex 20:1-19); the words they heard were His words.
(2) In addition to direct speech, God also spoke through the prophets. When they addressed God’s people, they usually prefaced their statements with “Thus saith the LORD,” “Hear the word of the LORD” or “The word of the LORD came unto me.”
Thus, when the Israelites were listening to the words of a prophet, they were listening to the word of God.
(3) The same is true for what the apostles said in the NT. Even though they did not preface their comments with “Thus saith the LORD,” what they spoke and proclaimed was indeed the word of God. For example, Paul’s sermon to the people of Pisidian Antioch (Acts 13:16-41) created such a stir that “the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God” (Acts 13:44). Paul himself said to The Thessalonians that “when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God” (1 Thes 2:13; cf. Acts 8:25).
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