Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Final Words!

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The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!”

Everyone who hears this should say, “Come!”

If you are thirsty, come! If you want life-giving water, come and take it. It's free!

Here is my warning for everyone who hears the prophecies in this book:

If you add anything to them, God will make you suffer all the terrible troubles written in this book. If you take anything away from these prophecies, God will not let you have part in the life-giving tree and in the holy city described in this book.

The one who has spoken these things says, “I am coming soon!”

So, Lord Jesus, please come soon!

I pray that the Lord Jesus will be kind to all of you.

Revelation 22:17-21

With those Words the Bible ends:  God's invitation to come and drink of the life giving water which is free, and then the warning not to ignore or add to what is written in the Bible.

When it comes to the Words of Scripture I am tempted to say things like, "I know what it says, but what it really means is this," and "that part of the Bible was only for 'first century' Christians. It no longer applies to us!"

According to these last few Words of the Book of Revelation, adding to or taking away from the Bible will have eternal consequences for anyone who does it!

It is this warning that causes some to be criticized for "taking the Bible too literally." God did not simply give us a bunch of "principles to live by." He gave us the Bible which tells the story of Jesus and gives us the history of God's dealing with men from the Creation until now.

The Bible is a Holy Book, but even the Bible is not to be worshipped. It is God who is to be worshipped and Jesus Christ His Son!

"Lord help me to never add to or take away anything from the Bible. May Your Word come alive in me every day. And may You be praised forever. Amen."

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