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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
February 3, 2013
Central Passage
Revelation 22:7-15
Subject
First Sunday Service
Description

The following commentary is taken from the The Life Application Study Bible - Verse Summaries for Rev. 22:1-15):

     "The water of life is a symbol of eternal life.  Jesus used this same image with the Samaritan woman (John 4:7-14).  It pictures the fullness of life with GOD and the eternal blessings that come when we believe in Him and satisfy our spiritual thirst.

     These trees of life are like the tree of life in the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:9).  After Adam and Eve sinned, they were forbidden to eat from the tree of life because they could not have eternal life as long as they were under sin's control.  But because of the forgiveness of sin through the blood of Jesus, there will be no evil or sin in this city.  We will be able to eat freely from the tree of life, when sin's control over us is destroyed and our eternity with GOD is secure.

     Why would the nations need to be healed if all evil is gone?  John is quoting from Ezekiel 47:12, where water flowing from the Temple produces trees with healing leaves.  He is not implying that there will be illness in the new earth; He is emphasizing that the water of life produces health and strength whereever it goes.

     "No more curse" means nothing accursed will be in God' presence.  This fulfills Zechariah's prophesy (see Zecharian 14:11).

     Hearing or reading an eyewitness acount is the next best thing to seeing the event yourself.  John witnessed the events reported in Revelation and wrote them down so we could "see" and believe as he did.  If you have read this far, you have "seen".  Have you also believed?

     The first of the Ten Commandments is "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3).  Jesus said that the greatest command of Moses' law was "Thou shalt love the Lord thy GOD with all they heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind" (Matt 22:37). Here, at the end of the Bible, this truth is reiterated.  The angel instructs John to "worship GOD".  GOD alone is worthy of our worship and adoration.  He is above all creation, even the angels.  Are there people, ideas, goals or possessions that occupy the central place in your life, crowding GOD out?  Worship ONLY GOD by allowing nothing to distract you from your devotion to Him.

     As Christ's return gets closer, there is a greater polarization between GOD's followers and Satan's followers.  We must read the book of Revelation, hear it message and be prepared for Christ's imminent return." 

EVEN SO, COME ON LORD JESUS!

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