How should we interpret Revelation 3:21 with respect to the seating arrangements?
21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. -Revelation 3:21
I see four ways to interpret this remarkable text.
- There is one big throne and Jesus and all who conquer are sitting on the throne of God... This interpretation can rely heavily on a non-physical understanding of God's throne where throne basically means authority upon which one rules.
- There are two big thrones, but again nonphysically, the son rules from the Father's authority and those who conquer rule from the son's authority derived from the Father.
- Jesus doesn't actually sit on the Father's throne but is actually sitting with the Father who is on his own throne. Similarly, the conquerers are not sitting on Jesus's throne, but are sitting with Jesus as Jesus is on his own throne. (For some reason I'd like to favor this one, but not sure if it is supported by the Greek language)
- There are some pretty big chairs in the Kingdom capable of supporting everyone's rear end simultaneously.