“‘I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.’ 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“
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches.
Jesus personally revealed the book of Revelation to give an eternal guarantee to the churches.
I am the Root and the Offspring of David,
Jesus states His claim to David’s throne with the phrase “Root and the Offspring of David.” The Davidic Covenant promised that someone in the line of David would inherit David’s throne over Israel (2 Samuel 7; Matthew 1:1; cf. Isaiah 11:1, 10,11; Revelation 5:5).
the Bright and Morning Star.”
Jesus also describes Himself as “the Bright and Morning Star.” Christ’s coming is like a morning star. A morning star announces a new day. His coming is a brilliant new era (2 Peter 1:19).
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!”
The Holy Spirit joins the bride to encourage the coming of Christ. This is a special joint invitation by both God and believers to become Christians. Three times the word “come” occurs in this verse.
“And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: “of sin, because they do not believe in Me; “of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; “of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged” (John 16:8-11).
And let him who hears say, “Come!”
The person who listens to the message of Revelation will say, “Come!” to the Lord Jesus.
And let him who thirsts come.
Notice the words “thirsts” and “desires.” These are words of our will. Those who have a taste for salvation by Christ are to “come.” The word “come” occurs three times in this verse (Isaiah 11:28).
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price” (Isaiah 55:1).
Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
Those who thirst need to “take of the water of life freely.” Eternal life is free (John 7:37-39). This verse is an invitation to the church of all ages.
Eternal life is free of charge.
God gives us eternal life free of charge. Notice in Ephesians that salvation is by grace through faith. We receive grace by faith, not works.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).
Paul declares in Romans that not only is salvation not by works, but we must stop working for God to impute righteousness to us.
“But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works….” (Romans 4:5,6).
Have you been making attempts at pleasing God by your works? For you to become a Christian, you must stop relying on your good works. Good works follow salvation. It is not a part of it. If a person truly comes to God, he will demonstrate his salvation by works. The only way we can come to God is by faith.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ….” (Romans 5:1)
Will you make that decision right now? Here are the factors of becoming a Christian:
1) Recognize that you require salvation because you sinned against an absolutely holy God.
2) Understand that only Jesus can pay for your sins by His death on the cross.
3) Personally rely [put faith in] on His death for your sins to give you eternal life.
To clarify…In Revelation 22:17 is God and the church asking Jesus to return in the first “Come” and inviting others to accept salvation in the 2nd and 3rd “Comes”?
Beverly, the first uses of “come” are prayers for Christ to return by the Holy Spirit and the church. The following invitations are to those without Christ to come to faith in Him.