22:17 The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come."
And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let
the one who desires take the water of life without price.
Rev 22:18 I warn everyone who hears
the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the
plagues described in this book,
Rev 22:19 and if anyone takes away
from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of
life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
Rev 22:20 He who testifies to
these things says, "Surely I am coming
soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
Rev 22:21 The grace of the Lord
Jesus be with all. Amen.
At the very end of the Bible we hear the
invitation to "come". When the Holy Spirit speaks we must obey with trembling.
Never resist what He says. Without Him we cannot be drawn to the Lord (as Jesus said in
the Gospels). Notice that the Holy Spirit and the Bride (Christ's church) have become so
totally united that they say the same thing. Both say, "come". The Bride is
possessed by the Holy Spirit. She has been bought by Jesus. The full "dowry" for
the bride has been paid (in African tradition a dowry is paid for a bride). His payment is
His precious Blood. His suffering, death and resurrection have bought the Bride, his
Church, to Himself. Now, she and the Spirit say the same thing - "come". Are you
part of the Bride? Are you so possessed by the Spirit that you say the same thing that He
The invitation to "come" implies
1. Come to the Lord to drink His water. His water of life is free and you can
drink it now. It removes all your thirst for the world. His water fully satisfies.
2. It is also a prayer for Jesus to come quickly. The return of Jesus is precious
to the Spirit and the Bride. Is Christ's return precious to you? When He comes all sorrow,
sin and death will be finished. Will you enjoy the great feast with Him or is your part in
the lake of fire?
Let the Bible be. Don't add to it. Never
adjust it. The Word of God must remain as it is. Verses 18 and 19 have grave threats for
the one who tampers with God's Word.
Notice that Jesus responds to the Spirit and
the Bride, in verse 20 by saying: "Surely
I am coming soon." He promises
to return soon.
On the first day of
the New Year of 2013 make sure that you heed this invitation. If you are not part of the
Bride then accept His invitation in vs 17: "And
let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without