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Friday, July 6, 2012

The Spirit and the Bride

Give me a pure heart, Lord, ready to proclaim Your truth. Amen

"I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches". ...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" (Revelation 22:16-17)

John's vision is coming to a close. But not before Jesus Himself adds a final testament to these things which will soon take place, and not before one of the sweetest invitations in all the Bible of offered. The glories of heaven have just been described, and there is an impassioned plea for any soul who might miss out on these things to simply come and partake of the eternal life the Lamb offers.

Now, every individual who loves Jesus and is filled with the Holy Spirit should care if a sinner goes to hell. Why? Because the Lord Jesus cares. His very purpose in coming was to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10). And here He says that He sent an angel to take His message of salvation to the churches. The Lord Jesus wants people to be saved.

The dear Holy Spirit of God cares. Drawing people to Jesus is the work of the Spirit. And the Spirit is at work today through the church - the Bride of Christ. Now, some of the Bride are already in heaven, and we see them in this passage saying, "Come up here and be with us!" They want people to be saved.

These verses also tell us that everyone who hears the glorious message of the Gospel should care enough to invite people to "Come!" How dare we say we have the message of eternal life and not share it? There are two simple words in the Bible that sum it up. One is "come"; the other is "go". Come to Jesus; go tell! That is the Great Commission to the church (Matthew 28:19-20). We have a solemn obligation to share the Gospel.

There are people who are hungry for hope, thirsty for truth. Someone you know may just be waiting to hear about Jesus. Invite them to come and drink freely of the living water He offers!

~Adrian Rogers~

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