Brief Notes

The Lamb
Upon the

21 May 2024

The book of Revelation
shows us the two-fold nature of
Christ’s ruling over men,
and how we can be qualified
to rule on His behalf

Jesus is referred to as a “Lamb,” or “the Lamb of God,” thirty-three times in the New Testament. (This includes 1 Corinthians 5:7, where some versions read “Christ our Passover Lamb”; though “Lamb” is not actually in the Greek text of that verse, the Passover would certainly include the thought of Christ being the Lamb of God.)

Of these, four instances use the Greek word amnos (Strong’s #286), which simply means “a lamb.” All of these are in reference to His dying for our sins as the unblemished Lamb of God (John 1:29, 36, Acts 8:32, and 1 Peter 1:9).

All the other instances use the Greek word arnion (Strong’s #286), which also means “lamb,” but which refers especially to “a little lamb.” Of these, only a single one occurs outside the book of Revelation (John 21:15). All the rest occur in the final book of the New Testament, which, more than any other book of the Bible, shows us how God carries out His administration in this universe.

In the previous Note we saw that Jesus is the only man who has ever been deemed worthy by God to rule the earth on God’s behalf. (See “Because He Is a Son of Man.”) Now, when we consider that He is referred to so many times as “the Lamb” in the book of Revelation, we see how He carries out God’s administration, namely, as the little Lamb of God.

No doubt, towards God’s enemies, Christ is “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Rev. 5:5), who will thoroughly judge and deal with and purge away all the evil among the sons of men. But at the same time, in Himself, He is still the meek and gentle Lamb, who longs to forgive our sins and reconcile us to Himself.

It is only as we see these two sides of Christ’s ruling that we can truly understand God’s divine administration in this universe. And it is only when we enter into the experience of both of these aspects of Christ in God’s administration—on the one hand, fighting as lions for God’s kingdom, and on the other, sacrificing ourselves as lambs on behalf of others (cf. Rom. 8:36)—that we become qualified to rule on His behalf (Rev. 3:21, 20:4-6, 22:5).

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