Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Say Come!

So I was checking out Rev 22:17 yesterday or the day before. My purpose was to become just a bit more grounded in Grace. That Salvation is free and not something one works for.

Rev 22:17 NKJV - And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

The Spirit and the Bride say "Come!" - It is one of the ministries of the Spirit to bring people to Christ. The Bride, who in Rev is adorned in white prepared for the wedding feast (she is mature and lovely) says "Come!" this is neither instruction or exhortation. It's a statement of fact. She preaches the Gospel of Reconciliation.

And let him who hears say "Come!" - This is instruction, to the one who is JUST saved to preach the Gospel of Reconciliation. Every Christian is to reach out to the lost and to be as though God is pleading through us for them to be reconciled to Himself. 2 Cor 5:20 Not just the mature Christians and the Evangelists.

And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. - Oh Blessed Truth!!! That Salvation is free! He who is dying come receive Eternal Life!!

What really got me was "And let him who hears say "Come!" there is just so much that this affects. From the fact that even the babe in Christ has the ministry of reconciliation, to the fact that if the Gospel is not clearly presented that this ministry can not take place. I think especially about the ideas of the "crossless repentanceless gospel" where one simply believes some guy named Jesus for Eternal Life. Instead of identifying Who He is, and what He has done, they put their faith in their belief, not in Christ. How then can a babe in Christ, if such a gospel could produce salvation, tell others Who He is? The babe would not be able to, and shortly in every real way imaginable "another Jesus" would be being preached... 2 Cor 11:4 as though that wasn't the case from the beginning with such a gospel.

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