Deepening Your Relationship with God

All relationships begin with communication. Your relationship with God commences with prayer.

Until we learn more about who God is and what He wants for our lives, our prayers tend to revolve around ourselves. And sometimes we ask for things that don’t serve our best interests:

You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. Jm. 4:3 NASB

Fortunately, God only answers those prayers that align with His will – a divine mindset that only provides that which promotes our highest and best life:

…if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 Jn. 5:14, 15. NKJV

God loves you so much that He wants your relationship to be a full-time affair. So, this must also be reflected in your prayer:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Th. 5:17, 18. ESV

Coming back to your prayer being in alignment with God’s will, you must pray with a forgiving heart, because He will not hear you if you bear malice towards anyone. (Mk. 11:25) Also, you must first get right with God yourself (through confession and repentance) before He will hear you. (Ps. 4:3) And, you must have faith in God’s ability and desire to answer your prayer. (Heb. 11:6)

God loves you and wants to grant you your heart’s desires. You don’t have to be ‘special.’ God doesn’t work that way. He doesn’t practice partiality. Everyone is special to Him. What He wants, is your authenticity:

The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. Ps. 145:18 NKJV

Even in our weakness, God sends the Holy Spirit to us to strengthen and perfect our prayers for the greatest effect / response. (Rm. 8:26)

The only thing that gets in the way of our praying is when we give into our humanity. Sometimes our prayers are not answered (at least not in the way we imagined), or it seems that God is taking His sweet time in doing so, or we think that He has rejected them altogether. We begin to think that prayer doesn’t work.

It exposes the weakness in our faith. Instead of asking Jesus to strengthen our faith, [because He always will (Heb. 12:12)], we put shame and guilt upon ourselves and pray even less, or not at all. We get more hung up on the ‘proper mechanics’ of prayer rather than keeping our focus on the Father and the Son, to whom we are praying to.

Prayer is your God-connection. Because life happens to us continually and at full-speed, we want to be having that running conversation with Him. Prayer is like any other endeavor; it improves with practice. It’s a part of your spiritual make-up. God placed that channel in you; but you have to start the communication. He’s always right there. (Mt. 28:20)

God is in control of everything. He’s the one you want to talk to. The more that you make your needs and the needs of others known to Him, the more God is going to show up to answer the prayers that bring you closer to Him, which is where you will find your highest and best life.

If some prayers aren’t answered, they didn’t meet that criteria. Doesn’t make Him neglectful; God is looking out for you. The ones that are answered will bolster your faith, increase the efficacy of your prayers and embolden you to pray all the more – simultaneously advancing the Kingdom.

Concurrently, God starts removing the dross laid upon you from your foray into the world; then your true shining self begins to emerge.

God does not expect you to show up as a perfect person or prayer-giver. Your time spent with Him will get you there. Your ‘authentic self’ is who God wants to meet face-to-face. If you ask Him, He will reveal your inauthenticity. And that’s a good thing, because then you can see what you need to step away from – with His help.

Neither does God want you to come to Him in prayer as cool and calculated. You can approach Him wild and weepy. He wants to meet you wherever you’re at because He wants to deliver you from your problems, and then meet and exceed your needs.

“…I am with you [always] to protect you and deliver you,” says the LORD. Jer. 1:19 AMP

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us… Eph. 3:20 AMP

If you could have had that perfect life as a perfect person, you would have done that already. But nobody can. Why? Because our lives cannot be whole until they are lived with God inside of us. Prayer invites Him in, and our continuing use of them is what keeps Him there. It cements our relationship. Thus, you must set aside regular intervals to do that.

And remember, that channel to God can only open and flourish when we invite Christ in our heart. Also keep in mind that there is someone (Satan) who does not want you to pray. He wants your relationship with God to be dead. So, if you’re struggling with prayer or you don’t think it has any value, remember that those thoughts are from the pathetic squawking of that enemy on your left shoulder. But we know that Jesus has overcome that liar (Jn. 16:33)

So, shrug those doubts off, like water from a duck’s back. Take a deep breath and call out again to your Maker. Knowing that you have Jesus at your back will encourage you to be dauntless and audacious in your prayer. Expect answered prayer and be thankful before and after that answer comes.

…I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Ps. 20:6 AMP

“Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name [in prayer]. Make His deeds known among the peoples [of the earth]; proclaim [to them] that His name is exalted.” Is. 12:4 AMP

God always wants to work with you, but you must bend your will to His. When we come to Him in humility, we can ask and keep on asking, until the answer comes. And remember that Jesus is your conduit to the Father. When we ‘seal’ our prayers in Christ’s name, they are presented to the Father in their proper ‘Holy Spirit wrapper’ – guaranteed to be considered.

God never said that life would be easy. At times, we all suffer. In those sufferings, God is trying to get our attention, to pray to Him because He has something to work out with us. Maybe our character needs a little tweaking, we might need greater clarity as to how we might be contributing to our suffering, or we need to pray for others around us to help with their suffering, both to help them and to keep it from spilling over on us as well.

In all suffering, God delivers us or shows us the way out of it. As a bonus, He molds us to more like His Son in the process.

What is prayer? It’s a gift from God – a communicative channel through Christ to access them both. When we do that, we invite them to live in us, which they are more than happy to do.

They accept you just as you are. The only qualification, (and it is a continuing one), is that you confess and repent when find yourself straying from and or actively being contrary to God’s plan for your highest and best life.

When we stay in continuous conversation with God, humbly laying our will aside and living out His instead, walking in forgiveness for everyone, including ourselves, placing others’ needs above our own, and showing up as our true authentic selves in gratitude, God shows up in a HUGE way.

Your joy will be abundant and your life extraordinary.

That’s the kind of relationship God wants to have with everyone.

There can be more to the depth of your relationship by getting to know God more intimately. It’s not required, because our finite minds can never grasp His magnificent infinite magnitude. Yet it is interesting to explore what we can.

To be continued…

Goodnight and God bless.

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Can You Explain Your Faith – part 2

The center of our faith is Jesus Christ. It is Him – who that He is and what He came to do, that we must convey to others:

He is the exact living image [the essential manifestation] of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible], the firstborn [the preeminent one, the sovereign, and the originator] of all creation. Col. 1:15 AMP

All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. Jn. 1:3 ESV

Christ is part-man and part-God in ways that we can only scratch the surface of in our understanding; and He was with God at the beginning of time, as co-creator of this universe and everything that is in it.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance the is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Pt. 1:3 – 5. ESV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Jn. 3:16 NKJV

God loves us so much that He has given us a chance for a ‘do-over,’ an opportunity to return to God’s grace, by placing our faith in the salvation made available through the death and resurrection of His Son. Jesus took on all of our sins and paid the price, so that we wouldn’t have to.

In order to position ourselves to receive this remarkable gift, we must surrender our will to God’s will. As a Christian, we do that first by confessing our transgressions, and then repenting of these ways that we behaved that run contrary to God’s ways. ‘Repent’ means to express true regret to God for our actions and to turn away from our transgressive behavior to the best of our ability.

God loves us up close and personal. That’s why He sent His Son – to gain the greatest empathy for His children living in the spiritual battlefield that envelops this earth. Jesus was the only sinless man in history, making Him the perfect sacrifice for the saving of all peoples willing to embrace His salvation. After we accept Him as our savior, the faith-building journey begins:

…Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity]… Heb. 12:2 AMP

As we live in godly ways, we became the mouth and arms for Christ, helping others come into the fold to feast on our Father’s love. We do that because we believe that there is a finite point in time, that if you have not accepted Christ before it arrives, your chance to do so will have run out – definitely not a good thing.

In order to be a beacon for Jesus, we must make the daily choices that promote goodness and righteousness. We accomplish that with kindness, fairness, honesty, love, helpfulness, respect and being amiable and reasonable.

A Christian also keeps his or her own house in order by practicing moderation in their desires and passions. They must also be purveyors of charity, truth, forgiveness and fairness:

“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” Lk. 6:31 AMP

God judges our behavior; and there will be an accounting for everyone. God loves us so much. Christians know that if they do their best to work God’s will, He will work with them – setting them up for eternal life:

…we will all be [completely’ changed ‘wondrously transformed], in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the sound of the last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [who believed in Christ] will be raised imperishable, and we will be [completely] changed [wondrously transformed]. 1 Cor. 15:52 AMP

…He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return]. Phil. 1:6 AMP

We can’t go to heaven by ourselves. We can’t earn our way, work our way, or get there by our best efforts to be godly. We’re human, we will always come up short. That’s okay, because Jesus closes that gap. So, we have to set our pride aside and lean on God. (That’s a good thing, because all sin is rooted in pride, i.e. the practice of self-worship.)

A Christian is thankful for his or her life yet places their greatest hope on the Day of the Lord, when heaven and the new earth awaits. Until then, they walk by faith and gather with other Christians to strengthen that faith. That’s why they attend church, study the Bible, do good works, and pray – all of which are faith-builders.

Even when we fall, we use that faith to talk to God and be reconciled with Him through confession and repentance. He promises to take us back. Faith-building faith.

A Christian knows that God lives within them, as well as surrounding them, which also includes the persons of the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ. It is a great source of strength, comfort and hope; and it helps keep us accountable. At that point, you are already poised for eternity – sons and daughters of God.

God is waiting for those who do not know Him, to invite Him in. It’s our job to inform those people who are willing to hear, about this invitation and why it’s so important. They need to know that Jesus lives, and is ready to take them into His arms and seal them in His love.

The Christian life is not an easy one. You have to continually sublimate your old worldly self that still cries out for wanton self-satisfaction; and you have this ‘devil’ on your left shoulder, who is always berating and enticing you, so that he can berate you even more. He wants you dead.

However, God never asks anything of us that we could not accomplish (with His help). When we step up to obey God, we are demonstrating our love for Him, and He pays that back in limitless abundance, readying you for a future that is indescribable.

Are there poor examples of Christianity out there? Of course. They just haven’t fully embraced their transformation. We all have potential. When we fully put on the mind of Christ, it will be the moment when we finally realize who God made us to be.

We know we walk a wondrous road even now, whose terminus will be breathtaking. That’s why we have and confess our faith…

Goodnight and God bless.

Can You Explain Your Faith?

After accepting Christ as our Savior and doing our best to live a godly life, the most important directive Christ gave us, was to spread the gospel to as many people as we possibly can. (Mt. 28:19, 20.)

The only way to be the most effective in that endeavor, is to have faith in what it is that you are preaching / teaching. Moreover, you must also be able explain to the hearer (layman, agnostic, atheist, follower of false religion, etc.), why you have embraced your faith.

The gospel is no different than mathematics, physics, or any other kind of study, with regards to relating it to others; i.e. you must begin with the ‘basics.’ Look to teach and invite, not to make wrong and divide. You’re helping facilitate a possible love-relationship between them and God, by relating how you got one, what that has meant for you and what it can bring to them.

We can begin this conversation towards salvation by talking about cause-and-effect. For example, there are universal laws that we cannot break. Oh, we can try, but calamity usually follows. If we leap from a plane without a parachute, the law of gravity is merciless. SPLAT!

Physics tells us that a force is created when a mass is accelerated. Thus, if we stand in the face of an oncoming train, we are going to have an intimate exposure to its force. MORE SPLAT!

The same holds true when we violate the laws of God. He implanted the law of right and wrong within each and every one of us so that we could avoid transgressing them:

“For this commandment which I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach. It is not [a secret hidden] in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us and bring it to us, so that we may hear it and obey it?’…But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may obey it.” Dt. 30:11, 12 & 14. AMP

Thus, in our discussion with an unsaved individual, we can point out that everyone has an innate knowledge of right and wrong, and that bad things happen when we make the wrong choices. In fact, we are sure of it, because everyone makes the wrong choices at times – some more than others.

If this innate law of right and wrong transcends our behavior, who set the standard and why do we feel remorse when we transgress it?

We can interject at this time, that as a Christian, we believe there is a God who both created and directs this universe, and who also takes a great and loving interest in the behavior of the people that He put here. He left us a plan for getting the most out of our lives:

“…I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding closely to Him; for He is your life [your good life, your abundant life, your fulfillment] and the length of your days…” Dt. 30:19, 20. AMP

We make the choice for life or death on a daily basis. And so, as a Christian, we believe that it is imperative to choose life, by obeying that power (God), through doing the things that He deems as right. It is our desire to be living in His favor rather than being in enmity with Him.

Some people don’t believe in a ‘god.’ If that’s the case then, they must believe that the universe and everything in it occurred by happenstance. In that scenario, life really has no meaning, and this short span of years that we have on this planet is all we’ve got.

However, a great majority do believe in a God (e.g. Jews, Christians, Muslims), who is righteous, loving and long-suffering with regards to the inhabitants of this planet, and is concerned when they go astray.

We as Christians believe that God gave us a ‘good’ world, but that some people in it have chosen bad paths, contrary to His will. We attest that God is good and all that He creates is good. Furthermore, we hold it to be true that some people rebel against Him because the have fallen prey to an evil influence. This influence is a good angel gone bad – Satan. So, God did not create evil; it is a perversion of HIs goodness.

“He was a murder from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him When he lies, he speaks out of his own character; for his is s liar and the father of lies.” Jn. 8:44 ESV

We believe that all the chaos in this world stems from that angelic rebel and his followers, and that this condition will persist until God puts an end to time.

Why does the all-powerful Jehovah God that we profess, allow such a state to persist? Because the world’s condition is a result of a gift that He gave us – free will. We have the ability to choose between good and evil.

Given that God knows evil is persisting, why did He give us free will? Because God loves us; He created us and the only thing He asks of us is to love Him back. Of course, real love must be expressed voluntarily.

We love, because He first loved us. 1 Jn. 4:19 AMP

The problems occur because of those who choose not to love God, but instead to deify themselves – a lesson that they learned from the devil himself. There is no peace or happiness in the end for them.

We were created to consist and coexist with God:

“I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.” Jn. 15:5 AMP

God spent centuries driving these messages home to His children, but evil persisted and many people were (and are) headed for death with no escape. Because He loves us so much, He sent a part of Himself, dressed up as a human, to deliver His children from themselves.

To be continued…

Goodnight and God bless.

  

The Book of Revelation Revisited 11: Eternal Bliss

The Millennium:

Last time, we saw that Jesus was triumphant in the battle of Armageddon, and that Satan was bound in a bottomless pit for 1000 years. (Rv. 20:1 – 3.)

As you would expect, there are varying biblical scholarly interpretations of the meaning to this last interval before the end of time.

Some see the Millennium as a symbolic time span, representing the space between the first and the second coming of Christ. I disagree with this viewpoint, as it would invalidate the entire book of Revelation up to this point.

Others believe this will be a literal 1000 years – a time of great peace as Christ comes back to preach the gospel again.

Still others subscribe to a more literal application of the scriptures, (what a concept), maintaining that Jesus physically returns to the earth and rules over it, along with the resurrected saints. We have seen that the devil is taken out of the earth realm for 1000 years, so his influence can no longer hold sway over the inhabitants of this new realm.

Nations are still existing on this earth, so we can also infer that they would be populated by some unbelievers who were not part of Satan’s army and who managed not to get killed in the second half of the tribulations. It is here where the apostle John’s vision continues:

Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image ad had not received its mark on their foreheads or on their hands. The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him for a thousand years. Rv. 20:4 – 6. ESV

Thus, Jesus reigns with the elders, (Mt. 29:28; Lk. 22:30); and the saints (the church and the martyrs who came to accept Christ during the tribulations (Dan. 7:22; 1 Cor. 6:2) for 1000 years. The ‘first resurrection would include the dead saints (1 Thess. 4:16), the raptured of the living church (1 Thess. 4:17), the 144,000 Jewish converts (Rv. 14:1 – 5), the great multitude (Rv. 15:1 – 3), and the ‘two witnesses.’ (Rv. 11:12)

The rest of the dead consist of the wicked that rebelled against God until the very end.

During the Millennium, the world is a changed place. (Is. 65:17- 25; Ezek. 40:1 – 48:35.) It has to be because it was not fit to live on after the final seven judgments of God were released.

Earth is now the physical kingdom of Christ – a place where all of the troubles of the saints will be removed and forgotten, a realm of perpetual joy. They will also have direct communication with the Father and the Son, like returning to the Garden of Eden, where even the animals revert to their original vegetarian state.

There will also be people present who are not saints, still having children, still growing old and dying, and still persisting in sin – even though Christ is in their midst and the devil is not…

The devil takes his last shot:

John’s vision remains focused earthward, but now shifts forward in time to the ‘post-millennial period:

When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the the four corners of the earth, God and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. And they come up on the broad plain of the earth and surround the camp of the earth and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Rv. 20:7 – 10. NASB

Think about this! Christ Himself is present reigning upon the earth. It’s a paradise where the saints are still doing God’s work – trying to bring unbelievers to salvation, those who still persist in rebellion. That is one merciful God! (2 Pt. 3:9)

But the devil does his dirty work all over again – even in paradise! ‘God and Magog’ are symbolic for Satan’s armies (new ones, because all the others the devil pre-millennially amassed, are dead). He and his armies surround the saints, who are living in a ‘restored’ millennial city of Jerusalem. Yet just as Satan was about to strike, God devours his armies with fire, and rids us of the devil forever. (2 Pt. 3:10)

Judgment Day:

The apostle John’s vision shifts heavenward and to the end of time:

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place for them. Rv. 20:11 NKJV

And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. this is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Rv. 20:12 – 15. ESV

This is the ‘Day of the Lord,’ the end of history and time. The earth and the heavens above it are poised for a radical change. Christ is on the throne. The saints’ names are present in the book of life because they embraced His salvation. Their time in front of Christ’s judgment seat is only for determining the nature of their rewards in heaven, which reflect amount of their godly deeds on earth.

The unbelievers had a multitude of chances over many millennia to get straight with God, but they chose not to. They will be condemned at the judgment seat to the ‘second death,’ waiting for them alone…

A peek at eternity:

John’s vision now straddles both heaven and earth at the gates of eternity:

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also, there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for their husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Rv. 21:1 – 4. NKJV

The earth, and the cosmos in which it is suspended, are completely transformed into an idyllic home for the saints. (Ps. 102:25 – 27; Is. 65:17 – 19; 2 Pt. 3:12, 13.) Some interpret the loss of the seas as literal; others view it as symbolic for the removal of evil (similar to the ‘symbolic sea’ that the satanic ‘beast’ arose from).

The ‘holy city’ is a city constructed in heaven – a place for the saints to dwell with God, in an environment free of sin and its collateral damage. God is finally completing His covenant with His children, communing with them in complete love, and blotting out all memories of pain, as He restores the immortal life of joy that He foresaw for them before they were physically created.

Now, for the first time in John’s stream of visions, God Himself speaks:

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be His God and he will be My son.” Rv. 21:5 – 7. NASB

God is telling us that His great plan is finished! It is His right to declare it so, because He is the Creative Author of the beginning and end of all things. In His plan’s culmination, He and His Son offer themselves (the ‘spring of the water of life’) freely to those who seek Their presence. Those who do, are the people that rose above the ways of the world to the best of their ability, through the strength imparted to them by their faith in God and His door to salvation (Jesus). Eternity is theirs for the taking. (Eph. 1:2 – 11.)

Not so for those who stubbornly stayed mired in the world:

“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters, and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Rv. 21:8 NASB

A great selling point to reveal to anyone who will hear your telling of the gospel. Note that the word ‘cowardly’ is not referring to one who was just fearful, but to one who did not take the risk of following Jesus in a hostile world.

At this point, John’s vision expands upon our heavenly outcome, adding to the previous description of the holy city of New Jerusalem. It will house the church. It’s enveloped by 20-story high walls with a total of 12 gates, each named for a tribe of Israel. The walls will rest upon 12 foundational stones named for each of the 12 apostles. Thus, the children of Israel and the Gentile church are now unified as one people of God.

The city is a 1500-mile cube with jewel-encrusted walls, gates formed of pearls, and streets paved with gold. There is no temple within the city because the entire city is the temple; and the saints all live there with God and Jesus, whose glory illuminates it.

The thrones of God and Jesus are in it, and the water of life flows from them. Also present is the Tree of Life, telling us that Man has come full circle – come home to a new Garden of Eden where the curse of Adam’s original sin is finally blotted out.

At this point, John’s vision of eschatological events come to an end…

It’s up to you:

Now, Jesus speaks directly to us through John:

“Behold, I (Jesus) am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each one according to the merit of his deeds (earthly works, faithfulness). I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End {the Eternal One]” Rv. 22:12, 12. AMP

A divine reminder to continually be on the alert and ready for Jesus’ arrival. He’s bringing ‘rewards,’ (not salvation: He’s already provided that for His saints for their service to Him while they lived on earth). Jesus also reminds us of the ultimate authority in which He speaks, as the Alpha and the Omega, the deified Son of God – His Father’s very essence.

Finally, we hear an evangelic appeal from the Holy Spirit and the church, asking for Jesus to come, as well as making a plea to all who desire to come to Christ to claim their salvation:

The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, believers) say “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take and drink the water of life without cost. Rv. 22:17 AMP

Amen.

Goodnight and God bless.