Revelation 22

Highlight:

Revelation 22:17 (NLT) 

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. 

Explain:

Revelation 22: 1-5 John sees, now, a vision of a river of life running through the New Jerusalem. The tree of life is there (from which man was banned in the beginning) which bears monthly fruit, twelve different kinds. The leaves heal the nations. There is no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb are there providing light for the city so no lamps nor the sun is needed. The servants will serve Him with His name written on their foreheads and they will reign there forever. 6-11: The angel tells John that all he has seen is true and that Jesus is coming quickly. Those keeping the words of this book will be blessed. The angel forbids John to worship him, but to worship God. The time for these things to happen is soon, so people will be caught up in this in their present condition, unable to have time to change. 12-17 Jesus issues a warning that He is coming soon and His reward is with them. Those who are obedient will eat of the tree of life, but dogs, sorcerers, the sexually immoral, murderers, idolaters and liars will not come in. He ends with an identification and an invitation. Jesus identifies Himself as the offspring of David, the bright and morning star. He invites all who will to come and drink of the water of life freely. 18- Next we are warned: If you add anything to this book, the plagues will be added to you; if you take anything from this book, the tree of life, the holy city and all the other benefits mentioned in this book will be removed from you. Jesus next tells us that He is coming quickly and John echoes, “Even so, Lord Jesus, Come!”

Apply:

There is a connection between this verse, it seems, and the reference to the living water symbolically pictured as the river of life. While there may, indeed, be an actual river like this in heaven, there is a connection between this water and the Holy Spirit, so it may be symbolic. The verse then is an invitation to all to come and drink freely of the Holy Spirit so that you, indeed, do receive life that will never end.

Respond:

God, give me an intense desire to drink deeply of the water of life the Holy Spirit is and the Holy Spirit gives.

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