11 May 2015 devotion
Revelation 21:5-8 And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." 6 And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death”
God, the Lord Jesus Christ, declares He is making all things new. When any person repents of his sin and believes the gospel, he becomes a new creation. The old passes away and the new comes (2 Corinthians 5:17). The completion of the new occurs when Jesus creates the new heavens and earth that is free from the presence of sin and Satan. The water of life has been paid for by Jesus’ death on the cross and is offered freely to those thirsting for righteousness, the state of being free from the penalty, power and presence of sin. A person who conquers or overcomes does so by faith in the Son of God (1 John 5:5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:20). The heritage of the overcomer is dwelling with the Lord in the new heavens and earth forever.
However, the heritage of the unbeliever, the person who did not repent of his sin and believe the gospel is the Lake of fire, the second death. The pain of eternal torment is beyond comprehension. The penalty for sin reveals how terrible and destructive sin is. God desires no one to experience such torment and has sent His people to proclaim the good news of salvation to all people (Ezekiel 33:11; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; Matthew 28:19-20). May every believer be emboldened to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all who will listen.
12 May 2015 devotion
Revelation 21:9-27 Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, "Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb." 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed- 13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. 16 The city lies foursquare; its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal. 17 He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel's measurement. 18 The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, clear as glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass. 22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25 and its gates will never be shut by day- and there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.”
Jesus gives us knowledge of what eternity will be like for Jewish and Gentile believers. God’s plan was to save all the people of the world. He first revealed Himself through His people Israel and then brought in the Gentile believers, the Church. The Jews and Gentiles became one in Christ (Ephesians 2:11-22) and are the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.
Our passage today reveals the splendor of the dwelling place of God. The world will be filled with nations and kings, but all righteous. Never again will sin wreak havoc among the people God created in His image. God and creation will live together forever in the abundance of life only God can provide. This is great news of world peace that only Jesus Christ can bring about. Let each of us who believes, take the good news to the present sinful nations as ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20-21).