Rev 22:12-15 "And,
behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as
his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end,
the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments,
that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates
into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers,
and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie."
behold, I come quickly." It would not appear that Jesus was talking about
the resurrection from the dead in this verse. It has been nearly two thousand
years since this was spoken. Furthermore, the resurrection from the dead is not
a reward for good works. The resurrection and heaven's glory world are solely
and totally by the grace of God and not according to our works. Thus, Jesus'
coming quickly does not have reference to the resurrection, but to his coming
quickly here in time to reward his servants. If we had a natural master who
only paid us many years after that we had performed the service, we would be
greatly discouraged from diligently serving that master. Jesus' promise to come
quickly is encouragement to us to serve Him diligently as we know that "our
labor is not in vain in the Lord." He quickly rewards us according as our
work shall be.
is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." God is
faithful to reward his servants for their faithful work:
Matt. 6:1 "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them:
otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the
hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of
men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest
alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine
alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward
thee openly. 5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites
are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the
streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their
reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when
thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father
which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."
Matt. 6:16 "Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad
countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to
fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 17 But thou, when
thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18 That thou appear
not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father,
which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly."
Matt. 10:41 "He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall
receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of
a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. 42 And whosoever
shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in
the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his
4. Lk. 6:22 "Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall
separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name
as evil, for the Son of man's sake. 23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap
for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did
their fathers unto the prophets."
1 Cor. 3:8 "Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man
shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9 For we are
labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building."
1 Cor. 3:14 "If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall
receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer
loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."
1 Cor. 9:17 "For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if
against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. 18
What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the
gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel."
Col. 3:23 "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto
men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the
inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong
shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of
2 Tim. 4:14 "Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him
according to his works: 15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly
withstood our words."
Heb. 10:35 "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great
recompense of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye
have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a
little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry."
2 John 1:8 "Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have
wrought, but that we receive a full reward."
"I am Alpha
and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." As was
stated in chapter 1, once again our attention is called to the great person and
work of Jesus Christ. He is the Alpha and Omega, or the beginning and the end
of the word of God. He is the beginning and end of every great work including
the creation, new birth, resurrection, justification, Kingdom of God, etc. He
is the first great cause and the last great end. He is our all in all.
they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and
may enter in through the gates into the city." Keeping the commandments of
God does not give us a right to eternal life or to heaven's glory world. We
have previously abundantly proved by the scriptures that salvation from sin, the
new birth, and glorification are by the grace of God. However, keeping the
commandments of God does give us the privilege to enter into the church Kingdom
of God here in time and to eat of the spiritual fruit of that Kingdom and to
enjoy the benefits of that Kingdom.
are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and
whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." The scriptures say in 1 Cor. 6:9
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not
deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate,
nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor
drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but
ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."
Now that we have been washed, sanctified, and justified we are to walk as
children of light and not desire to go back and live outside the kingdom as we
did in our former walk of life.
Rev 22:16 "I
Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I
am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”
"angel," literally means messenger and is used in the book of Revelations to
indicate heavenly messengers, gospel ministers, and the Holy Spirit. The term,
"mine angel," indicates one of a kind or unique. This is in harmony with
the sending of the Holy Comforter in the book of John:
John 14:16 "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another
Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of
truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth
him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you."
John 14:26 "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will
send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
John 15:26 "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from
the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall
testify of me:"
John 16:7 "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I
go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I
depart, I will send him unto you."
The Lord sent
the Holy Spirit to testify the things of God in the churches. A common phrase
in the letters to the seven churches of Asia was: "He that hath an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." The Holy Spirit
testifies unto us in the churches through the preaching of the gospel, through
the studying of God's word, and through the experiences of God's children.
"I am the
root and the offspring of David." A plant comes forth from the root and is
nourished from the root. The Lord said that he is the root of David. Thus,
David came forth from Christ and was nourished by Christ. Christ is the cause
of the new or spiritual birth for all of God's children. David said that he was
made to hope while upon his mother's breast. Thus, David was born of the Spirit
while very young in years. Furthermore, the Lord appointed David to be King
over Israel. This was the Lord's choice and not the choice of his natural
father, or of the prophet, Samuel, or of the people, or of David. The Lord also
provided for David throughout David's reign over Israel. He was the root of
Next, the Lord
was the offspring of David. While this may seem like a contradiction in terms,
yet it speaks to the Divinity and the humanity of Christ. As the second person
in the Godhead, Christ had no beginning, nor was the offspring of any. He is
eternal. David had his beginning in Christ, as he was one that God chose in
Christ before the foundation of the world. In the humanity of Christ, he was
born of the virgin and was conceived of the Holy Ghost. He was the promised
seed of David that was to reign on the throne of David forever. Thus, Christ is
both the Creator God and the promised King who reigns on the everlasting throne
in the Kingdom of God.
Christ also is
"the bright and morning star.” Stars are useful in different ways.
Travelers throughout the world have fixed their location upon a star and been
guided in their journeys by the location of the North Star. The wise men were
guided by a star to where the Christ child was located. Stars also give light
by night and thus help us navigate in a dark world and see the path before us.
The bright and morning star arises to drive away the dark and usher in the day.
The following verses speak of Christ as the star that gives light and drives
away the night:
2 Cor. 4:6 "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath
shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in
the face of Jesus Christ."
2 Pet. 1:19 "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well
that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day
dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:"
Christ is the
light that shineth brighter than the noon day sun.
Rev 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
The word "come"
is an invitation. When we say come to someone, we usually are inviting them to
visit. There is a threefold invitation in the above scripture in which the
Spirit, the bride, and him that heareth say come. We will look later to see to
whom the invitation is given.
The place the
guests are invited to visit is the Kingdom of God. They are given right to the
tree of life and to enter in through the gate and to drink of the fountain of
the water of life. These and many other things are found in the church Kingdom
here on earth.
The Spirit says
come. The Spirit works in the heart of the elect to regenerate them into
spiritual life, and to lead them to cry out "Abba Father." The Spirit works in
the ministry to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in power and demonstration of
Spirit and to call upon the elect spiritual born children of God to repent and
press into the Kingdom. The Spirit works in the hearts of His children causing
them to desire the things of God and to be able to hear the things of the
Spirit. The Spirit has caused holy men of God to speak as they were led of the
Spirit of God and to inspire men to write the scriptures. Through the work of
the Spirit we have been thoroughly furnished in the scriptures of all good
works. The Spirit guides us unto all truth. The Spirit encourages men to seek,
to ask, and to knock for truth. Then we are promised that when we seek that we
will find. We are promised that when we ask, it shall be given to us. We are
promised that when we knock that it shall be opened unto us.
The bride says
come. The ministry of the bride preach the gospel of Jesus Christ which
encourages God's people to take up their cross and enter into the kingdom of
God. The lives of the members of the church are as lights that are set upon a
hill that allows men to see their good works and glorify the Father, which is in
heaven. The ordinances of the church show forth the glory of God and point us
to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, thus encouraging God's people
to come into the kingdom. The gospel feeds the souls of God's hungry people and
encourages them to become a part of the gospel kingdom.
Let him that heareth say come. Not every one can hear the things of the Spirit of God: "The
natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are
foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, for they are spiritually
discerned." Eight times we read in the four gospels, "He
that hath ears to
hear, let him hear." Likewise, in the second and third chapters of
Revelations we read, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith
unto the churches." This shows the necessity that someone have been born of
the Spirit in order to have spiritual ears and be able to hear Spiritual
things. However, just because a person has been born of the Spirit, and has a
spiritual ear, it does not mean that he has heard the things of the Spirit of
God. It means that they are capable of hearing spiritual things. Once a person
has heard and believed the things of the Spirit of God, then he now has a
responsibility to tell others of the wonderful things that he has heard and
experienced. He is to say, "come," to others.
"And let him
that is athirst come." A dead person cannot thirst. Thirst is an
indication of life. The only ones that can thirst are living people. Likewise,
a person cannot thirst after spiritual things unless he has been born of the
Spirit of God. Once he has been born of the Spirit of God, and begins to thirst
after spiritual things, then he is to be invited into the Kingdom of God and
drink of the fountain of the water of life.
whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." The only ones that
can choose to do something are those who have a choice. The natural man cannot
choose to seek after spiritual things. He cannot seek after God nor understand
spiritual things. The spiritual inner man cannot seek after wicked things for
his seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin because he is born of the Spirit of
God. The only ones that can choose are those who are born of the Spirit of God
and thus have both an outer man of the flesh and an inner man. Thus the
"whosoever will" can only apply to born again children of God. They are the
ones who are free to choose to take of the water of life freely. There is no
charge (works) for them to take of the water of life. This water of life does
not give life, but nourishes and refreshes and strengthens the life they