A really good book will always leave you looking for another page, just one more please! A really good book will either take you up or take you down, there will be no middle ground. Good books will run the range of your emotions and you will be in agreement or disagreement with the story or subject and there will always be something you take away and tuck in the recesses of your mind. Sometimes you go back and read the book again after some time has passed. While the ending of most books are important there is always certain chapters, characters or subjects that stand out in your mind. The Bible is one book that should be read many times. It has sold or been given away more than any other book in the world, period. (According to Guinness World Records, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with over 5 billion copies sold and distributed.) This information published in 2015. My wife has read through the bible at least three times. We all know of people that follow a “through the bible in a year program” and have done it many times. Why do they do it? For some it is a commitment of faith, others it is a discipline thing. One thing is for sure no matter how many times you read it you will always find something new, something to bring you comfort in times of distress. Many things are there but the best is yet to come. Woven throughout its pages you will find the history of God’s people and the one thing that will keep you going back. Hope and the Promise of what is to come. At the end of this blog you will find a URL that will take you to a list of gospel promises.
In Revelation 22:3–5 we have this promise.There will be none of those things that make life difficult or keep us from living a Christian life. WE will see his face. The promise will come true that the pure in heart will see God (Matthew 5:8). We are promised a privilege which was denied even to Moses. (Exodus 33:20). It is in Christ alone that we can see God. We are also promised that the people of God will reign forever and ever. Because we summit ourselves to Him only, we will find perfect freedom. There are many promises throughout the gospels but here in chapter 22 we find what John knows to be true. John is sure of the grace of the lord Jesus Christ having personally experienced it in his own ministry. I quote Barclay because I don’t think I could express it any better. The last chapter of the bible, the end of the book and Barclay sums it up in this way.
“Then comes the glory. Come what may, John was sure of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and equally sure that it was sufficient for all things. It is surely symbolic, and it is surely fitting, that the last word of the Bible should be GRACE.”
Revelation 22:21 (KJV)
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
The book of Revelation is such that it should be read with an attitude of prayerful discernment, for it is our inheritance, promised to all who believe. I know of no book whose ending is the readers beginning. I hope you enjoy your time here in the pew and will come back often. Remember the URL below for a List of bible promises. jk
References: William Barclay’s DBS