The Triune God in Revelation 22

Triune God in Revelation 22Revelation 22:1 and 22:3 describe New Jerusalem saying, “a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb” and “The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His slaves will serve Him.” These phrases reveal the nature of the Triune God—the Father, Son, and Spirit are distinct but not separate. We can not comprehend fully but we believe and have a life union with this wonderful Triune Person.

The Father, Son, and Spirit coexist eternally. A few verses about Their distinct coexistence:
• “And having been baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon Him. And behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is My Son, the Beloved, in whom I have found My delight.” (Matthew 3:16-17)
• “But if I [Jesus], by the Spirit of God, cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” (Matthew 12:28)
• “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)

The Father, Son, and Spirit are one God eternally. A few verses about Their oneness.
• “I [Jesus] and the Father are one.” (John 10:30)
• “Believe Me that I [Jesus] am in the Father and the Father is in Me.” (John 14:11a)
• “The Lord is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:17a)

In Revelation 22 God and the Lamb have one throne. God and the Lamb are distinct, but on the throne They are not separate. They are one on the throne, from which flows the river of water of life as a picture of the Spirit. Furthermore, Revelation 22:3 says, “His slaves will serve Him.” The singular “His” and “Him” refer to both God and the Lamb earlier in the same sentence; this matches what the Lord said in John 10:30. Second Peter 1:3 also has the singular His and Him referring to God and Jesus our Lord in verse 2. Likewise, 1 John 2:25 has He Himself referring to the Son and the Father in verse 24.

Because the nature of the Triune God is eternal, the distinctions and the oneness of the Trinity, seen throughout the New Testament, are also present in New Jerusalem and are presented in Revelation 22.

Related Posts:

The Throne of God and the Lamb
The Triune God in New Jerusalem
Coinherence

Photo by Dave Bieri, courtesy of National Park Service.

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