Three verses in Revelation 3.14-22 that allude to the Old Testament

  1. In Revelation 3.14, Jesus calls himself the “ruler of God’s creation.” Proverbs 8.22 speaks of wisdom as the first or chief of God’s works.
  2. In Revelation 3.17 Jesus quotes the church in Laodicea as saying “I am rich; I have acquired wealth”. This is nearly identical to Ephraim’s boast in Hosea 12.8: “I am very rich; I have become wealthy”.
  3. In Revelation 3.19 Jesus says that he rebukes and disciplines those whom he loves. This is an allusion to Proverbs 3.12 that says that God disciplines those he loves.

Source: The Greek New Testament (UBS, 4th edition), compared with the Old Testament Quotations and Allusions in the New Testament feature in Logos Bible Software version 4.

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