How Quickly?

Posted on May 22nd, by Ryan in Revelation 3:7-13. 1 Comment

I was surprised at the debate in this section over who the true Jews are. This debate has been recurring. I know that Christians were first called “Christians” in Antioch in Acts. It seems odd that there would be discussion at this time over who the real Jews are or that God would need to clarify the same. Perhaps there was still lively discussion regarding which of the faiths was correct.

What struck me about this passage is that Jesus still refers to God as “my God”. Whatever form Jesus is in now (after being elevated by God) as described earlier in Chapter 1, Jesus still considers himself beneath God (the father). This is consistent with and reminds me of what Jesus said in the Gospels. I think the next time I read Jesus’s words in the gospels I’m going to picture brass-feet/fiery-eyed Jesus.

I’m disappointed in NT Wright in this section though. I do have something against you NT Wright. Jesus said that he’s coming quickly. What does this mean? If I could have gotten one answer and one answer only from this book it would have been “Why did Jesus tell these early churches he was coming quickly? He did not come quickly and He has not come quickly.” I think this would be the most obvious problem for our author to flesh out for his readers. Sadly, I’m left disappointed.

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  • John Voelz

    Ryan, I don’t know that “beneath” God is the best choice of words here. Some may say it’s just semantics but it’s hard to tell that to the guys that got burned at the stake for heresy (ha). You are right, though, that Jesus always does the Father’s will. He waits to hear from the Father. He asks the Father. He does everything to bring glory to the Father. He is the Way . . . to the Father. He is the Truth . . . everything the Father wants communicated wholly complete. Logos. Teleos. The Word of the Father. The perfection of the Father. He is the Life . . . no one comes to the Father but through him. God the Father is certainly “his” Father but he is not “less than” the Father. This is where it gets tricky. This is part of what divides Christian belief in the Trinity from Unitarianism. I appreciate your thoughts.