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Revelation 21:5-10


June 25, 2017

Pastor Roger Redmond

The effect of this chapter on you is like the first day of spring after a hard winter.  It is the chapter of no mores and the chapter of new things.   Some people like old things but I like new things.  This is not only new things it is a new order.  "And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new...." I am amazing at people who can make things.  A wood carver can take a block of wood and see the end results.  Estill Richardson can take a blueprint and a piece of steel and he can see how it needs to look.  He stands there and explains to me how it will look after the first cutting the second and so on.  I don't see a thing but a piece of steel.

But the LORD made something out of nothing,  Heb 11:3  "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." He did not take flesh, bone and blood and make man, Gen 2:7  "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

"Science has proved that the substance of his flesh, sinews, and bones, consists of the very same elements as the soil which forms the crust of the earth and the limestone that lies embedded in its bowels." From JFB on E-Sword, Genesis 2:7

But he breathed into man life!  Our life was not given in the same manner as our body was created.  Psa 139:14  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psa 139:15  My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

He will make all things new in the New Heaven and the New Earth.  Rev_22:3  "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:"

Words God spoke from the Throne

Rev 21:5  "And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful." I believe God Himself is speaking here.  In the context of this scripture, the Throne and the One sitting on the throne and The One speaking is the One God (The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit).  The mission of Christ from the Father was to present us faultless before the Throne, Jud 1:24  "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy," It is said of the Church, " That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Eph. 5:27.

It is God, who provided Himself the "Lamb," that is presented.  He is the "Alpha" and the "Omega", the source of all things.  All things begin and end with Him.  He promised before the world began, Tit 1:2  "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;". He gave in the fullness of time. Joh 3:16  "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." He will dwell with us forever.  Rev 22:3  "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:"

Fourteen (14) times in this book John was told to write. Twice (2) he was told not to write.   In Rev. 1:11, he was to write what he sees.  In 1:19, he was told to write, "Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;" In Rev. 19: 9 "And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God." In Rev. 21:5, "And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful."

The Words that are True and Faithful

When we come here in the Book of Revelation, the emphases is on His Words.  They are faithful and true: they are to be heard and believed. You can rely on them.  They contain a truth for you.

1.  You can receive Eternal life from Him, ".... I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." As the Alpha and the Omega, He is the source of all things; the source of life. You can take freely of Christ, Joh 4:14  "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."

Rev 22:17  "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."

"It would be impossible to say anything more magnificent about God. At first sight, it might seem to remove God to such a distance that we are no more to him than the flies on the window pane. But what comes next? ‘To the thirsty, I will give water without price from the fountain of the water of life.’ All God’s greatness is at our disposal. ‘God so loved that he gave …’ (John 3:16). The splendour of God is used to satisfy the thirst of the longing heart" Barclay, W. (2004). Revelation of John (Vol. 2, pp. 230–231). Louisville, KY; London: Westminster John Knox Press.

The word from the LORD is to come, and the word from all who know Him is to come.  The invitation is to come.  If you hear His call you can only say, "I come". And then lest any would still be unsure of their inclusion, He broadens the net by saying are you thirsty for forgiveness, to know Me? Then say, "I come".  He broadens the net by saying, do you want to be saved, to have eternal life? Then say, "I come to You for Eternal Life".

There is a Fountain Filled with Blood drawn from Emmanuel's veins

How could the LORD  give such a sure and inclusive invitation.  Remember the LORD said, "these sayings are true and faithful" How could He say to the thief on the cross, Luk 23:43 ".....Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise." In just a short time, Christ would die for him.  How can you be sure you are included in the word "Come".  When Christ died for the thief, He died for you.  Christ died for all.  1Pe_2:24  "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." 2Co_5:14  For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

It is faithful and true that God included you in all the work of Christ, 1Co_1:30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

You were included in Eternity passed, 2Ti 1:9  "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began," You are included at the Cross, Isa 53:6 " All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.". Therefore you are included in the word "Come".

Have you believed the lie of the world, your sinful nature, and the devil?

Gone from our lives today is that sense of urgency to know you are saved, to please God, to die to self that we might be alive unto our Saviour.  The world, the flesh, and the devil have crowded out a Thirst for God, a fear of hell.  We live today for our self.  We need a revival, we need to be endued with power from on High.  We need a hunger and thirst for righteousness.

If you are to have a home in Heaven you must take of Christ as your Saviour.  If you are to be an overcomer you must take up your cross and serve Him. Listen to Him Rev. 22:3 "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:"

2.  There is a promise to the over comer, Rev 21:"  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son." Who is an overcomer?

A. One who seeks to suffer for Him, 2Ti 2:11  "It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 2Ti 2:12  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:  2Ti 2:13  If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself".

B. One who seeks to serve Him, Rev. 22:3.  If you are not serving Him now you don't suddenly change and start serving Him in eternity.

C. One who seeks His face.  If you seek His face you walk in the Light,1Jn 1:7  "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  1Jn 1:8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

D. One who seeks to be ready for the JSOC.

1. leave all and take up your cross and follow Him. Luk_14:27 " And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple."

2. Walk in the Spirit. Gal_5:16  "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh."

3.  Do all for Him. 1Co_10:31  "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."

4.  Have respect for the recompense of the reward. Heb 11:26  "Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward."

Rev 19:9  "And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God." Since this call is issued after the JSOC you must conclude that not all, from the JSOC, are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

It is a wise person that takes to heart the matter of living for Christ.

3.  His Words concerning the Lake of fire. Rev 21:8  " But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

The Lake of fire is the second death,  which is the end of all the unsaved.  The question is what will be your end?  Where will you spend eternity?


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