And the Spirit and the bride say, “come!” And let him who hears say, “come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:17)
John is prophesying to the generation that the Lord returns. This passage has relevance to every generation. The Lord is building up a momentum as each generation presses into His word. We will see a culmination in the generation that transitions this age into the age to come. In this verse, we get a glimpse of what the church will look like on that day. We will know our identity as a bride and Jesus as our bridegroom. We will be living in the reality of union with God. His delight is in the sons of men; we were made to be with him. We will know His unending jealous love for His beloved. He declared His commitment to us in coming to the earth as a man; forever He will be fully God fully man. Knowing his commitment to us will propel us into radical obedience. It will strengthen us to know the love of God. If we really knew who it is that desires us, we would gladly walk through the fire to be with Him.
John also highlights that the bride will be crying out in unity with the Holy Spirit.* We will be walking in step with the spirit. This Holy Spirit is the very spirit of the living God, of Jesus Christ. He is the 3rd person of the trinity. Jesus spoke much about him. He said that it was better that he left because when He gets to the father in heaven, he would send us the Holy Spirit. It is by His spirit that we are convicted of sin. He unveils Jesus to our hearts. And once we give our lives to Jesus, we are filled with his Spirit.
In John 4, Jesus calls the Holy Spirit a wellspring of life on the inside of our hearts. Every moment we have access to this well. John, in rev. 22:17, encourages us to drink. Daily, to take time to receive the Holy Spirit, to acknowledge His presence. We must learn to walk in step with the Holy Spirit. We can’t do anything by might, but only by His Spirit. He reveals the glory of Jesus to our hearts. When we see Jesus, we see the Father. Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing. How much more must we look to and follow what the lord is doing?
Written by Zack Roberts
ember prayer room | norman, oklahoma