10 Quotes from The Trinity in the Book of Revelation

Brandon Smith is Assistant Professor of Theology and New Testament at Cedarville University. He is also on the board of directors for the Center for Baptist Renewal and host of the Church Grammar podcast.

Q&A with Brandon Smith

Q&A with Brandon Smith at The London Lyceum

Quotes from The Trinity in the Book of Revelation

1. We see that the subject matter of the biblical canon has always been a unified and providentially ordered witness to the perfect and unchanging nature and activity of the triune God. (Pg. 29)

2. In Revelation 1:8 the phrases “the Alpha and the Omega” and “the Almighty,” joined with the same three-pronged “is/was/is coming,” reiterates John’s elevation of God’s sovereignty over history. (Pg. 53)

3. It is God, then, who initiates judgment, not Caesar. John is simply reminding his audience of the truth they already are conditioned to believe – that YHWH is the creator and supreme ruler of the universe, the true King of kings. (Pg. 61)

4. Christ’s role in establishing God’s kingdom inevitably includes salvation for the faithful and judgment for the wicked. (Pg. 66)

5. In the same way, eternal generation affirms the Son’s uniqueness as the only begotten Son of the Father, without implying he was created or is somehow of a lower status than the Father. (Pg. 86)

6. Not only was the power of God in Christ shown at his incarnation, but it was fitting for the Son also to be active in creation. The act of creation was not a capability to be delegated but rather an indication of the essential unity between nature and power. (Pg. 91)

7. Jesus in Revelation, however, receives heavenly hymns sung to him alongside God – not from a separate throne, but on the same throne at the same time as God (Rev. 4-5). (Pg. 101)

8. More than just the exalted Messiah on David’s throne, Jesus exercises the eternal sovereignty of God over the kingdom of all kingdoms. Christ alone can open the door; he has the authority to admit people into God’s kingdom or send them away to eternal punishment. (Pg. 109)

9. Divine judgment and salvation must be understood in light of – indeed defined by – the reality of the slaughtered Lamb who is worthy of divine worship. (Pg. 122)

10. The triune God’s self-revelation to humanity is the cornerstone of creation and our relationship with him and the bedrock content of Scripture. (Pg. 190)

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Evan Knies is an elder of North Hills Church in West Monroe, LA. He is husband of Lauren and father to Maesyn. He is a graduate of Boyce College and Southern Seminary.

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