Thursday, November 21, 2013

And Whosoever Will, Let Him Take the Water of Life Freely

I've been reading through the book of Revelation with Jayden and what really struck me when we neared the end were these two verses: 

Revelations 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely., 
and Revelation 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. 

How merciful, how gracious, how loving, and long suffering is our God who right up to the end offers the water of life freely to 'whosoever'. 

As I meditated on those words other Bible verses came to mind as well. In Ezekiel 33:11, God speaks these words, Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 

John 3:17 says For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 

Peter tell us in 2 Peter 3:9 that Jesus has not yet returned because he is longsuffering and giving us time to repent, believe and live.  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 

In Exodus 34:6-7a God says this of himself. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, 

 In Psalm 86:15 David says, But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. 

But what do we do with this knowledge of God? In Romans 2:4 Paul writes Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 

Do we believe or are we like the people described in Isaiah 6:9? And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.  Or like those Jesus described in Matthew 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

The Bible tells us in Romans 1:20 that there is no excuse for anyone to be eternally lost. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 

Instead, let these words be true for us:
Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 

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