Revelation 22:14-15 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Blessed means to be happy or fulfilled with life. People who have washed their robes are blessed because they have access to the tree of life. What does “washed their robes” mean? It means a person has repented of his sin and believed the gospel. Repenting of sin and believing the gospel is how a person “washes his robe”. The blood of Christ shed on the cross cleanses a person from all sin and enables him to enter the presence of God and eat of the tree of life or have eternal life. The tree of life takes us back to the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were banned from the tree of life when they sinned by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The consequence of Adam’s sin was death which included death of his physical body and eternal torment of his soul and spirit. Repentance of sins and belief in the gospel pardons our sin and allows us to live eternally with the Lord.
The people who refused to repent of their sins and chose to live according to their sin nature are forbidden to enter into the city of God. They are cast into the Lake of Fire where they will be tormented forever (Matthew 25:46a; Revelation 21:8). Note, these people love and practice falsehood (sin). Sin is the reason the world is a very destructive place to live.
Jesus came to give us abundant and eternal life. He has equipped all who believe with everything needed to live an abundant life in the midst of the sinful people of the world. He has guaranteed that we will live eternally in a sin free new heavens and earth. We live abundantly in a sinful world by faith in the Son of God (Galatians 2:20). We have the assurance of eternal life because we have been given the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). We are blessed!