Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Revelation 22:7 – July26, 2018

Revelation 22:1-21

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And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

12 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.

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.

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 freely.

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Revelation 22:1-21King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

 
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THE CHURCH AT EPHESUS

THE CHURCH AT EPHESUS
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
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The Christians at Ephesus walked closely with the Lord. As I read through
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, I am amazed at the gospel these people heard
and lived. In fact, Paul compliments them at length. He addresses them as, “The
faithful in Christ Jesus . . . blessed . . . with all spiritual blessings in
heavenly places in Christ . . . chosen . . . before the foundation of the world
. . . predestinated . . . unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to
himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” (Ephesians 1:1-5).

What a description of a blessed, holy people! Jesus also compliments the
Ephesian Christians in the book of Revelation: “I know thy works, and thy
labour, and thy patience” (Revelation 2:2). In other words: “I know all the
good things going on in your lives. You patiently labor for Me without
complaining and you will do anything for others. You’re diligent in your good
works and that is very commendable.”

Jesus points out something else in the hearts of these Ephesians, something He
notes is deeply wrong. He says, “I see all your works—your hatred for sin,
your love for truth, your righteous courage. And yet somehow in all your
labors, you’ve allowed your first love to wither. Your affection for Me is
dying.”

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first
love” (verse 4). Beloved, I have read and reread this verse and have concluded
that its seriousness cannot be overlooked. The word somewhat here—indicating
something that might be taken lightly—does not appear in the original Greek
text. Instead, the original phrase is translated, literally, “I have something
against you!”

I would like to think I am an Ephesian-type Christian, a faithful laborer. I
want to believe that my suffering is for Jesus’ sake, that my good works
glorify Him, that I practice righteous living, that I am seated with Him in
heavenly places. But when I read of Jesus walking among such well-taught
believers as the Ephesians and telling them, “I have something against you,”
it grips my soul. I have to ask my Lord, “Jesus, do You have something against
me? Have I also lost my affection for You?”

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