The Triune God Flowing to Man

Revelation 22:1 says, “And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.” The throne is of the redeeming God-Lamb, and the life-imparting Spirit flows out of this throne. This is the Triune God reaching man eternally.

The throne in New Jerusalem is of God and the Lamb. One throne is fitting for both because they are not separate but indwell one another. This is John 14:10: “I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.” The throne speaks of authority. We were rebellious, enemies of God and His authority, but the Lamb reconciled us to God. Romans 5:10 says, “we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son.” How merciful that the throne is not merely of God but of both God and the Lamb.

Out of the throne of the redeeming God flows the river of water of life. This is the Spirit (John 7:38-39). The Spirit’s imparting of life to us is based upon the Lamb’s redemption. In Genesis 2 the tree of life was open to man without any need of redemption due to the absence of sin. However, since the fall of man in Genesis 3, redemption is a necessary precursor for man’s receiving of the divine life.

Galatians presents redemption for life. Verses 4:4-6 say, “God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under law, that He might redeem those under law that we might receive the sonship. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father!” Christ redeemed us that we might receive the divine life by the Spirit being sent into our hearts. This makes us sons of God. As a result, we cry, Abba, Father, thus testifying our life relationship with the Triune God.

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