Revelation of John 22* A description of the heavenly state, under the figures of thewater and the tree of life, and of the throne of God and theLamb. (1-5) The truth and certain fulfilling of all theprophetic visions, The Holy Spirit, and the bride, the church,invite, and say, Come. (6-19) The closing blessing. (20,21)1-5 All streams of earthly comfort are muddy; but these areclear, and refreshing. They give life, and preserve life, tothose who drink of them, and thus they will flow for evermore.These point to the quickening and sanctifying influences of theHoly Spirit, as given to sinners through Christ. The HolySpirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son, applies thissalvation to our souls by his new-creating love and power. Thetrees of life are fed by the pure waters of the river that comesfrom the throne of God. The presence of God in heaven, is thehealth and happiness of the saints. This tree was an emblem ofChrist, and of all the blessings of his salvation; and theleaves for the healing of the nations, mean that his favour andpresence supply all good to the inhabitants of that blessedworld. The devil has no power there; he cannot draw the saintsfrom serving God, nor can he disturb them in the service of God.God and the Lamb are here spoken of as one. Service there shallbe not only freedom, but honour and dominion. There will be nonight; no affliction or dejection, no pause in service orenjoyment: no diversions or pleasures or man's inventing willthere be wanted. How different all this from gross and merelyhuman views of heavenly happiness, even those which refer topleasures of the mind! 6-19 The Lord Jesus spake by the angel, solemnly confirming thecontents of this book, particularly of this last vision. He isthe Lord God faithful and true. Also by his messengers; the holyangels showed them to holy men of God. They are things that mustshortly be done; Christ will come quickly, and put all thingsout of doubt. And by the integrity of that angel who had beenthe apostle's interpreter. He refused to accept religiousworship from John, and reproved him for offering it. Thispresents another testimony against idolatrous worship of saintsand angels. God calls every one to witness to the declarationshere made. This book, thus kept open, will have effect upon men;the filthy and unjust will be more so, but it will confirm,strengthen, and further sanctify those who are upright with God.Never let us think that a dead or disobedient faith will saveus, for the First and the Last has declared that those alone areblessed who do his commandments. It is a book that shuts outform heaven all wicked and unrighteous persons, particularlythose who love and make lies, therefore cannot itself be a lie.There is no middle place or condition. Jesus, who is the Spiritof prophecy, has given his churches this morning-light ofprophecy, to assure them of the light of the perfect dayapproaching. All is confirmed by an open and general invitationto mankind, to come and partake freely of the promises and ofthe privileges of the gospel. The Spirit, by the sacred word,and by convictions and influence in the sinner's conscience,says, Come to Christ for salvation; and the bride, or the wholechurch, on earth and in heaven, says, Come and share ourhappiness. Lest any should hesitate, it is added, Let whosoeverwill, or, is willing, come and take of the water of life freely.May every one who hears or reads these words, desire at once toaccept the gracious invitation. All are condemned who shoulddare to corrupt or change the word of God, either by adding toit, or taking from it. 20,21 After discovering these things to his people on earth,Christ seems to take leave of them, and return to heaven; but heassures them it shall not be long before he comes again. Andwhile we are busy in the duties of our different stations oflife; whatever labours may try us, whatever difficulties maysurround us, whatever sorrows may press us down, let us withpleasure hear our Lord proclaiming, Behold, I come quickly; Icome to put an end to the labour and suffering of my servants. Icome, and my reward of grace is with me, to recompense, withroyal bounty, every work of faith and labour of love. I come toreceive my faithful, persevering people to myself, to dwell forever in that blissful world. Amen, even so, come, Lord Jesus. Ablessing closes the whole. By the grace of Christ we must bekept in joyful expectation of his glory, fitted for it, andpreserved to it; and his glorious appearance will be joyful tothose who partake of his grace and favour here. Let all add,Amen. Let us earnestly thirst after greater measures of thegracious influences of the blessed Jesus in our souls, and hisgracious presence with us, till glory has made perfect his gracetoward us. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to theHoly Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shallbe, world without end. Amen.
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