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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Outline for "The Trinity in Revelation 1-3"

I've done a fair bit of work on the following, but I'm not exactly sure what else I might do with it yet.

THESIS: In Revelation 1-3, John presents Jesus as divine, God (the Father) as distinct from Jesus, and the divine activity of the Holy Spirit.


I.                   Introduction

A.    The Trinity in Revelation 1-3 Asserted

B.     “Trinitarian” Language Unavoidable

C.     Striving to Understand the Nature and Persons of God

D.    Revelation 1-3 as a Crucial Passage

II.                Jesus As Divine

A.    Allusion to Zechariah 12:10

B.     The Alpha and Omega

C.     The First and Last

D.    The Eternal One

III.             God (the Father) as Distinct from Jesus

A.    ho theos = God the Father, common in the NT

1.      “Son of God”

2.      “God” and “Jesus”

3.      Distinct Roles

B.     The Son as the Agent of Revelation

IV.             The Divine Activity of the Holy Spirit

A.    The Divine Greeting

B.     “In the Spirit”

C.     Divine Communication to the Churches

D.    The Life-Giving Power of the Spirit

V.                Conclusion

A.    Revelation 1-3: What do we learn about God?

B.     God: Three in Person, One in Nature

C.     The Trinity

D.    Worship and Witness

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