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Submitted: 4/25/2007
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Question: The Lamb who took the book out of the hand of Him who was sitting on the throne, I heard a trinitarain said he always gets oneness people with this one. Your response please. And the verse that says, 'And we will come and make our abode with you,' can you explain this please. I am oneness through and through, but in a loving way I like to tell someone the truth. tku Ken Carroll

Answer: The sequence you have referred to in Revelation 5 is a portrait of God investing His divine authority in His humanity. The Lamb represents the man, Jesus, who is the manifestation of the invible God in flesh. The One sitting on the throne represents the Spirit, Jesus, that which is pure Deity. A trinitarian has far more problems with this passage than we do, since he must interpret it as God the Father passing authority to God the Son. But if the two are indeed co-equal and co-eternal, then why would God the Father need to do that?

The other verse you asked about is John 14:23, where Jesus says, 'We will come to you.' On the surface this seems to some to suggest two or more divine beings. But all Jesus was saying was that when a perosn receives the gift of the Holy Spirit, he receives the attributes of both God's Deity and His humanity. This may seem like an odd way of expressing this idea in the English language, but we must remember that Jesus spoke to His disciples in Hebrew and His words were recorded under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Greek. This is an example of a manner of speaking that does not translate well into English. Nevertheless, like all other passages of Scripture, we must seek for an interpretation that harmonizes with the fundamental premise that God is one! (see Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29; Galatians 3:20).