Blessings today! I just completed a study of the Book of Revelation. God was so loving and gracious to reveal His love, truth, holiness, righteousness, judgement, wrath, soon return and the list continues on and on.
One of the images in The Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ that captured my heart from the beginning and still lingers is the contrast between the “children of God” and the “inhabitants of the earth”as revealed in Revelation 3:10, 8:13, 11:10, 12:12, 13:8, 13:12, 13:14, 17:2, and 17:8.
God was so good to reveal His love, grace, mercy, patience, long-suffering and His desire that none would perish. 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
The Lord also revealed that when a man refuses to repent of sin, believe and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and worship the True and Living God, He will honor man’s choice. He gave us all we need for salvation in the finished work of Jesus!
Revelation 20:13-15 (NIV)
13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
The Book of Revelation gives the children of God an joyful anticipation and expectation that Jesus is coming soon for His bride as we hear Him declare in Revelation 22:20, “Yes, I Am coming soon.” Hallelujah and Amen!
While we rejoice in His return, our hearts still break for those whose eyes have been blinded by the enemy, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:4). Today, there are many blinded whose names are not written in the book of life and still face the possibility of eternity in the lake of fire…separated from God..forever!
This should motivate us with an urgency to be faithful to be our God. We pray for His continued transformation of our lives and that we continually die to self and allow His Word and Spirit to develop in us a heart like the Lord’s, desiring that none should perish. So much so that no matter the day or the hour of His return or our departure, we will be found living out His Word as revealed and commanded. Such as:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
2 Corinthains 5:20
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life.“
2 Corinthians 3
“Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.“
…”and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.“
4 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? 17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.
“37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
“You are the salt of the earth….”
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
“11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”
We realize that this list could go on and on. The Lord is coming! Do you have a sense of urgency to join Jesus in His mission to seek and save the lost by sharing His Word with others in word, attitude, beliefs and action. What do you need to talk to God about as you seek His face for His glory and your benefit…and the benefit of “the inhabitants of the earth?”
I know, I know, this blog is too long…but it’s about His glory, right? There’s an urgency, right? How much time we would spend to save our neighbor if their house was on fire? There are people all around us whose house is on fire…may God work through us and privilege us to join in His work of coming to their rescue.
Revelation also revealed our God’s great splendor and brilliance and majesty, the glorious worship around His throne. Let’s sing and worship our King of kings and Lord of lords: