#DailyDevotion A Bold Promise From Jesus

#DailyDevotion A Bold Promise From Jesus

Joh 16:23-27  In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.  (24)  Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.  (25)  “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father.  (26)  In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf;  (27)  for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.

Jesus here is teaching us a marvelous explanation of prayer for those who trust Jesus and love Jesus. On the one hand he teaches us to ask the Father of whatever we need in his name. Yet, he does not say he will ask the Father for us. We have this marvelous promise that whatever we ask the Father in Jesus’ name, the Father will give it to us. Just what does it mean to ask in Jesus’ name. One, we ask with faith Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Secondly, John tells us in his first epistle, 1Jn 5:14  “that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.” That is to say we are to pray for things he has promised us in his Word. So whatever Jesus or the Word elsewhere tells u to ask for something, we know the Father hears us and says yes. We have this promise that our joy may be full.

This indeed comes with Jesus’ other teaching about prayer, Mat 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  (8) For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Following this Jesus teaches us the Father will not give something harmful to us. He also tells us to be persistent in prayer like the widow before the judge who doesn’t fear God.

Now comes the most amazing thing Jesus does and says, (26) In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf;  (27)  for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” Jesus elevates us to his place. Jesus doesn’t need to ask on our behalf. We are one with Jesus when we have faith in him and pray in his name. So when the Father hears our prayers it’s just as if Jesus were asking the Father. We are one with Jesus as we are his Bride the Church. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God and we are seated with him in the heavenly places. The Father hears us and answers our prayers because we love Jesus and believe Jesus came from God. The Father loves us. Because the Father loves us we have faith in
Christ and love him.

It is simply an amazing and marvelous, not to mention awesome that we have such standing before the Father because we are in Christ. Yet why don’t we have what we ask? James tells us we pray with doubt. He also says we pray with selfish motives. Perhaps we’re not praying according to the will of God, i.e., we not asking for the things we ought to be asking about. Yet we have these promises from Jesus and Jesus is not a liar. Therefore cast off your doubt, put away your selfishness, and pick up God’s Word. What does he promise us? What does he tell us to ask for? We have one example in the prayer Jesus taught us. Indeed, everything we need physically and spiritually are contained in that simple prayer. What more according to the will of God and in all of Scripture is not contained in that prayer. So pick it up. Pray it confidently, boldly and full of faith you know it is God’s will and promise.

Heavenly Father, even as your Son Jesus taught us to pray, give us your Holy Spirit that we may pray in Jesus’ name, according to your will with all boldness and confidence you will hear us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion The Lord Gives His Glory To Those Who Trust Jesus

#DailyDevotion The Lord Gives His Glory To Those Who Trust Jesus

Rev 21:21-27  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, like transparent 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.

The Church, which is the New Jerusalem, is further described in these verses. What many of these descriptions are doing is not necessarily giving us something to interpret individually, but rather to be taken as a whole. So we have pearls, giant ones being used for gates and gold being used for pavement. Such extravagant uses for such precious items is used here to show the glory of the Church which is the glory of God.

In the Church, the city, there is no need for a temple for God and the Lamb which are in the midst of the city are its temple. The temple being again the body of Christ, each member of Christ being a temple of the Holy Spirit, each member of Christ making up the city New Jerusalem; the whole Trinity dwells in each of us and collectively as a whole. This is meant to be the destiny of all people, but many choose the darkness thinking it is freedom instead of the light where true freedom is found.

The text here does not say there won’t be a sun or moon, but it does say we won’t need them for light. God’s glory gives us light. The light the nations of the world, i.e. the Church in the new heavens and new earth, is the glory of God, i.e. the Word of God. God is light and no darkness dwells in him. Even darkness is light to God. Jesus is the light of the world. Those who believe in Jesus for their salvation walk in his light, his truth. They walk by grace and truth. He alone is their salvation.

Now in this city, the Bride of Christ, there is no unclean person or those who do what is detestable and false. Only God’s children can enter it. Only those who live repentant lives, hating and confessing their sin in this life, who are baptized and trust in the one, Jesus Christ, whose blood covers our sins and washes it away can enter this Church. While hypocrites may be in the Church in this age and even its members, because of the flesh, may sin, after the resurrection, only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life will be in this city. These are those who believed and were baptized into Christ, having his name written upon them in baptism. All who believed on Jesus for their salvation, who confessed his name and persisted until death are those who make up the Church and enter into its eternal glory. Those who continued unrepentant, who loved their lives more than Jesus and rejected his name will not enter it. Pray to God to give you repentant and faithful hearts so you may continue in his grace now and receive his glory on that day.

Heavenly Father, no man may take your glory for himself, but you gladly share it with those who live repentantly and faithfully in your Son Jesus Christ. Grant us the endurance of faith that we may always hate and confess our sin in this life, being faithful to the name of Jesus now, so we may enter into the Holy City on the day of Jesus’ revelation. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion The Church Is The New Jerusalem

#DailyDevotion The Church Is The New Jerusalem

Rev 21:9-14  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.

So just to remind you of a certain principle of interpreting a vision, everything thing is symbolic unless there is overriding evidence that says, “you should take this literally.” In fact verse nine here tells us to take this vision of the city symbolically. It is the Bride of Christ, the wife of the Lamb. We know from other non-visions in Scripture particularly Ephesians 5:22ff that the Church is the Bride of Christ.

As to the city coming down from heaven we are told, 1Th 4:17  Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.” So we are raised with Christ from the dead or changed in a moment an caught up to him in the air. But we do come down to live upon the new earth, that is the earth resurrected.

It has been God’s intent to share his glory and the glory of Christ with us as even this text tells us, the Church, “has the glory of God.” Paul has written in 2 Corinthians four that our tribulations are preparing us to bear the glory of God. John wrote in his second epistles that through the promises we participate in the divine nature. The city’s description tries to convey that glory to us. It has a radiance like a jewel, like clear jasper. It has high walls and angels guarding the gates. It’s conveying to us that in this new world God’s people will be safe and protected. The twelve names of Israel on the gates and the twelve foundations of the apostles is telling us this is whole church, both Old Testament believers and New Testament believers.

Paul more clearly describes it here: Eph 2:19-22  So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,  (20)  built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,  (21)  in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.  (22)  In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

The city of God is the Church, his people, in whom he dwells. He dwells in us through his Holy Spirit. You are the living stones of this temple. You are the pillars of the temple. All who have put their faith in the promise of the sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, for their salvation, both Jew and Gentile are its building material and its citizens. Repent of your sins, be baptized into Christ, and trust in Jesus for your salvation and your inclusion in this city is guaranteed by Jesus himself, the Holy Spirit given in baptism being your surety.

Heavenly Father, it is your great desire to clothe humanity with your glory and the glory of your Son Jesus. Grant to us your Holy Spirit that we may truly be repentant and have faith in Christ that we may inherit the kingdom you have prepared for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion The Message About Jesus Saves

#DailyDevotion The Message About Jesus Saves

Act 16:13-15  And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together.  (14)  One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.  (15)  And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.

There apparently was not a synagogue there in Philippi, as that is where Paul normally would have went to preach at on a Sabbath. It is guessed that Paul thought that Jews may have been by the river for prayer because that is where they would have been performing any purity rites that needed to be done.

There happened to be some women there who had come together. Paul began to speak to them about the Lord Jesus Christ and how he had fulfilled the prophecies about the Messiah in the Scripture. As he was doing so the Lord had opened her heart to listen to Paul and to believe. She apparently was the head of the household without a husband for having been baptized she also had her whole household baptized as well, her children, elderly relatives, and servants. People were not so much individuals in those days. What the head of the household was and did, so too all that belonged to it. She was a seller of purple, which was an expensive product and would have been a woman of means. Having been baptized into Christ she pressed Paul to have him and his company stay with her while they evangelized the city.

So what may we gather from this? The Lord uses our conversations about him to bring people to faith. He just doesn’t zap people out of nowhere to become his disciples (with the exception of Paul and even then, he sent Ananias to heal and baptize him.) Secondly, as we speak about Jesus, it is the Lord himself who converts people and opens their hearts to hear and to believe. We should not think it is our great persuasive speaking that converts, our great arguments that overcome people’s objections, or even our getting everything just exactly right which converts people’s hearts to Jesus. No, it is the Holy Spirit working through the simple sharing of our faith that coverts people to Jesus.

And what is that message that we share? You know it from the Apostle’s creed. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary. He suffered and was crucified under Pontus Pilate. On the third day, he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. On the Last Day, he will come to judge the living and the dead. All who repent of their sins, believe Christ did this for them and are baptized for the forgiveness of sins will be justified, declared not guilty, and will be raised from the dead to eternal life. Those who refuse this gift of life and do not believe will we cast into everlasting hell fire. It’s a simple message. It is the message that saves and is used by the Lord to gather his elect from every people, tribe, nation and language upon the earth. Thanks be to God when we heard it, he opened our heart to believe and to be baptized into Jesus so we may we raised to eternal life and escaped to judgment to eternal death.

Heavenly Father, when given the opportunity, open our mouths that we may speak of Jesus and through that message open the hearts of those who hear that they too may escape the judgment of death and enter into the judgment of life eternal with you, your Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Come Over Here & Help Us

#DailyDevotion Come Over Here & Help Us

Act 16:9-12  And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”  (10)  And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.  (11)  So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis,  (12)  and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days.

Now the Lord would now and then show something to the apostles to guide them in their ministry. He showed Peter the vision of the unclean and common animals to get him to drop custom of the Jews not associating with Gentiles (which was never God’s will in the Mosaic Law). Now he is moving Paul from Asia Minor into the Greece peninsula. Of course, Paul had seen the risen Lord in a vision before he came to faith in him.

Now we all often wish that God would speak to us in a vision and give guidance to us. Well it isn’t the normal way he guides our lives. He may however give us desires and talents and even put people in our lives that can see better than us a direction and a vocation we may take. If you do see a vision or a dream and thinks it’s from God, you may want to ask yourself a couple of questions. You may ask yourself if it is teaching you some new teaching the Church has never taught or it has already condemned as false or denies something clearly taught in the scriptures. If it did, it isn’t from God. Is the vision asking you to do something clearly forbidden in the Scriptures? If it did, it’s not from God. However if the vision, dream or feeling doesn’t go against the Scriptures, teach something new or is not telling you to do something opposed to God’s revealed will, well you can certainly try it if you want.

Now Paul, being an apostle, has a discerning spirit to guide him. He concluded God had called him to preach the gospel to the Macedonians. So he left Asia Minor. He was guided to go to Philippi which as a leading city there and a Roman colony. It was an interesting choice. It was a Roman colony settled by retired Roman soldiers. As a Roman colony, Paul’s Roman citizenship would have a lot of pull there. As a leading city, it would have lots of people to preach the gospel to.

Now what is the gospel that Paul would preach there? Well it would be the same gospel he preached everywhere else, Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, dead, buried and risen from the dead. He has ascended to the right hand of the Father. What does this mean? It means our sins, though many, have been atoned for by Jesus’ death. His resurrection from the dead proclaims we have been justified by God the Father. He promises the resurrection to eternal life to all who believe this good news no matter what language, tribe, nation and people they are from. God the Father has reconciled himself to them, no longer counting their trespasses against them for the sake of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. He calls us to be reconciled to God through Jesus’ work. Jesus has taken our guilt and shame and clothed us with his righteousness, holiness and glory. It is this message he proclaimed in the Philippi jailer’s house and brought them to faith. It is the message he wants you to hear and believe as well. God has reconciled himself to for Christ’s sake. Be reconciled to him today and believe the good news.

Heavenly Father, so change our hearts that we may hear the good news of Jesus Christ, believe on him, receive the gift of eternal life and be raised with him on the day of his revelation. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion We Will Walk In The Land Of The Living

#DailyDevotion We Will Walk In The Land Of The Living

Introit  (Psalm 116:3–5, 8–9; Antiphon: John 16:22)

Now is your | time of grief,*

      but I will see you again and no one will take a- | way your joy.

The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came up- | on me;*

      I was overcome by trouble and | sorrow.

Then I called on the name | of the Lord:*

      “O Lord, | save me!”

The Lord is gracious and | righteous;*

      our God is full of com- | passion.

For You, O Lord, have delivered my | soul from death,*

      my eyes from tears, my feet from | stumbling,

That I may walk be- | fore the Lord*

      in the land of the | living.

Glory be to the Father and | to the Son

      and to the Holy | Spirit;

as it was in the be- | ginning,

      is now and will be forever. | Amen.

Now is your | time of grief,*

      but I will see you again and no one will take a- | way your joy.

Now this psalm is fulfilled in our Lord Jesus Christ. The antiphon (Now is your | time of grief, but I will see you again and no one will take away your joy.) is taken from the Gospel but if aptly chosen because it speaks the truth of this psalm. Indeed, the cords of death entangled Jesus upon the cross and the grave. He allowed this to happen and gave himself into it. Yet, he experienced the pain and suffering of death as the due payment for our sins.

As Jesus cries out Psalm 22, he fulfills the verse, “Then I called on the name of the Lord: ‘O Lord, save me!’” For while the verses in that psalm start off with “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” they also speak, Psa 22:27 “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.” Jesus believes the words in this psalm, the Lord will deliver him from death even as he accepts death into his soul. And so, on the third day Jesus is risen from the dead, walking in the land of  the living. His three day trip to the grave caused them grief but he saw them again and gave them joy.

Now this applies to you as well. Even as we are grieved because we do not see Jesus now, we shall see him again in the land of the living and be filled with joy. Though we still die, this psalm also says, Psa 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” All of you who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, this means you. If our Father would not leave Jesus in the grave, you who followed him and carried your cross, he will not leave you in the grave either. We may cry out the same words of Christ, but we do so with the same faith of Christ. This psalm is the promise of your resurrection also. He will raise you up from the dead. You will see Jesus again. You will be filled with the joy the apostles were when they saw the Lord. You will walk before the Lord forever in the land of the living.

Heavenly Father, even as you have raised your son from the dead, so too, grant us faith in Jesus that we may be raise to life eternal, to walk in the land of the living and may this promise give us the strength as we walk today through the shadow of death. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion What Jesus Says Will Happens, Happens

#DailyDevotion What Jesus Says Will Happens, Happens

Joh 16:16-22  “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.”  (17)  So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?”  (18)  So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.”  (19)  Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’?  (20)  Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.  (21)  When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.  (22)  So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

Jesus here is predicting his upcoming death and resurrection. In the other Gospels, Jesus tells his disciples from just before the mount of Transfiguration until he gets to Jerusalem that he is going to be betrayed into the hands of sinners, that they will crucify him and on the third day rise again. So here in John, Jesus is letting his disciples know what is about to happen. It is not so much for their comfort now, they still don’t understand him though he is speaking clearly, but for when he is risen from the dead, they many know Jesus had predicted it.

Jesus is betrayed. Jesus is crucified, dead and buried. Jesus does rise from the dead never to die again. He showed himself to the apostles, the women, and five hundred other disciples. He ascended to the right hand of the Father. Psa 47:5 “God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.” Psa 110:1 “The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” Psa 2:6-7  “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”  (7)  I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.” Even after his ascension to the right hand of God, Jesus shows himself risen from the dead to the apostle Paul. So the apostles do rejoice when they see Jesus again. Their joy can never be taken from them.

It is also for us who are reading this. John is a witness to these things. He witnessed Jesus prophesying these things. When they came to pass, it shows us Jesus is indeed a true prophet. What he taught is true because what he said plainly what was to come to pass also showed to be true. You can believe and trust that his words are not his own but the Father’s words, even as Jesus has told us numerous times in the Gospel of John.

Because Jesus is risen from the dead and ascended to the right hand of the Father, his sacrifice for our sins has been accepted. The debt we incurred upon our souls because of our transgression of God’s laws has redeemed by Jesus. He sits at the right hand of God interceding for us, that we might persevere in the faith and to put away sin in our lives. He puts forth his blood as our advocate before the Father so he is at peace with us and we can live at peace with him. In this, like the apostles, we can rejoice and this joy cannot be taken from us.

Heavenly Father, grant that we may always rejoice in the work of your Son Jesus Christ for our salvation and live out this joy in our everyday lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion He Will Glorify Jesus

#DailyDevotion He Will Glorify Jesus

Joh 16:12-15  “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  (13)  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.  (14)  He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.  (15)  All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

During his visible, earthly ministry Jesus taught the disciples many things. Some things they understood, other things they did not. He wanted to tell them more, but they could bear it at the moment. He was about to be taken from them. Jesus would tell them many more things after his resurrection.

Once Jesus departed, ten days later, he would send the Holy Spirit upon them. Then they would know; then they would understand. During his earthly ministry Jesus often told them and the Pharisees that he did nothing of his own or spoke of his own. He did what the Father was doing and spoke what the Father had given him to speak. Now the Holy Spirit would teach them, remind them of what Jesus had said, give them understanding concerning all his teachings. The Holy Spirit would glorify Jesus for that is what the Father had done. If you hear something or read something declaring itself to be from God and it doesn’t glorify Jesus and what Jesus has done it is not from the Father or the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit takes from what belongs to Jesus and declared it through the apostles unto the Church. That which glorified Jesus was written down. Those are the books we have in the New Testament. If the writing did not glorify Jesus aright, then those writings were not approved by the Church to become part of the true collection of the teaching of Jesus. Everything Jesus and the Father taught to us during his ministry was taught to the apostles by the Holy Spirit after Pentecost. These apostles from Jesus or their close associates wrote those things down for our salvation, to convey to us the Word of Life. Peter says, 2Pe 1:19-21 “And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,  (20)  knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.  (21)  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” Even after seeing Jesus’ glory on the mountain and hearing the voice of the Father, we have a more fully confirmed, trusty, steadfast, sure prophetic word in the Scriptures. We need nothing else than the Holy Spirit to open our minds to the word he spoke through the prophets to hear, understand, believe and know.

We need only have to ask ourselves when reading the Scriptures about any interpretation or understand we think we may have, does it glorify Jesus or does it take from his glory. Does it glorify his person and natures; does it glorify his work; does it glorify Jesus’ teaching of eternal life? If it doesn’t, it isn’t the understanding the Holy Spirit is conveying in that text which he moved his prophets and apostles write down which is always the most sure and certain teachings of Jesus.

Heavenly Father, always give us your Holy Spirit, that we may believe the word you have given us in the Scriptures through your Church and to truly understand and to trust it, that we may have eternal life and glorify your Son Jesus Christ in all we think, say and do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Promise Fulfilled By Him Who Is Faithful & True

#DailyDevotion Promise Fulfilled By Him Who Is Faithful & True

Rev 21:4-7  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  (5)  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.

It is written, Isa 25:6-8 “On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.  (7)  And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.  (8)  He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.” So now in this seventh time the Last Day takes place in Revelation this prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, even as it was also described in chapter seven.

As the Lord renews all things we stand upon before the new heavens upon the new earth on the mountain of the Lord and begin in earnest the wedding feast of the Lamb as we are his Bride, the Church, the Israel of God.  Here he wipes away every tear from our eyes because death is no more and our reproach because of our sins has been taken away. We will realize to the fullest our freedom from the slavery of the fear of death and enter the freedom of our God and our Christ. While the sorrows of our tears over our sins may last for a moment his merciful finger quickly wipes them away so we may enjoy his gifts.

Some people who deceive themselves into thinking they’d rather be partying in hell with Satan than sit on some cloud praising God. However, the only party will be in the new heavens and new earth at the wedding banquet of the Lord Jesus and his people. “A feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.” This is the destiny of those who repent of their sins and trust in the sacrifice made for them by Jesus on the cross. A never ending feasts of the Lord Jesus Christ and all who follow him.

The One who makes this promise identifies himself. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He is our God and Lord Jesus Christ who is faithful and true. We can bet our lives, our eternity on it. His promise is as good as done.

He gives us of the river of the water of life, which is his Holy Spirit. Even now we have the down payment of the Spirit, but at that time we shall experience the free gift of the Spirit in all his fullness as we will no longer have the constraints of this body of sin, but will have a new glorified body. This he promises to all those who conquer. 1Jn 5:5 “Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” Overcome, conquers, it’s the same word, Nike, yes like the shoe company. By the Word of the Lamb, by the blood of the Lamb, trusting Jesus’ words and works we overcome the world and the devil. With this conquering we are the people of God and we receive this heritage. Even as the Lamb has conquered so too those who belong to the Lamb. In Christ we are more than conquerors, we are the children of God.

Heavenly Father, ever give us your Holy Spirit that we may conquer the world and Satan and inherit the kingdom prepared for us from the beginning of the world and live and dwell with you and Son and the Holy Spirit in whose name we pray. Amen.