Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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Thought for the Evening
12-03

Just One Throne?

Pastor John:

Question: Why is there only one throne mentioned in Revelation? And since there is only one throne mentioned, is it Jesus' or the Father's throne? I would have thought that there would have been two thrones mentioned.

MH

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Hi MH:

You are correct in saying that there is only one throne mentioned, so far as God is concerned. Of course, the twenty-four elders sat upon their twenty-four thrones, and even the throne of Satan is mentioned (Rev. 2:13). But why is no throne for Jesus mentioned? I have no answer.

I do know, however, what the answer is not. The answer is not that the Father and the Son are the same person. That much we know.

There is an interesting verse in Revelation 3:21 concerning God's throne in heaven. There, Jesus said, "He who overcomes will I permit to sit with me on my throne, just as I also overcame and sat with my Father on His throne." This reveals something to us about the concept of a throne, but I have never quite understood what. Now, if Jesus sitting with his Father on His throne means that they are the same person, then what did Jesus mean by saying that we will sit with Jesus on his throne? Did he mean that we are the same person as Jesus? Of course not!

So, what does "sitting on Jesus' throne with him" mean? The only reasonable answer to that question is that it means that we will share in Jesus' power and glory, just as he shares in the power and authority of God, his Father.

But as to your specific and good question, frankly, I have no answer at all. It seems to me, as to you, that when John was caught up into heaven, he should have seen a throne there for Jesus. But he did not. I believe that God may give us the answer at some point, but until then, let's restrain from all forms of speculation and just wait. We can be happy even in ignorance as long as we have confidence that our Father knows all things and that He really loves us.

Pastor John

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