Pilate raised a very important question when he sat in judgment against the Messiah and asked Him, “What is truth?” This question actually originated back at the Garden of Eden when Satan challenged God’s truth and as Dennis T. Olson writes, “From Eden on, human truth-seeking would be flawed and corrupt, entwined with secrecy and shame, suspicion and envy, power and violence.” The pluralism believer’s face today, with its tolerance of all confessions of “truth”, needs the words of certainty that only comes from God’s Word. Do we have that authentication? Can we be certain that we are standing on truth?
John identifies 3 absolutes that spans centuries and cultures:
- The conviction of God’s truth – Revelation 22:6-11
- The scope of God’s Word – Revelation 22:6
- The strength of God’s Word – Revelation 22:8-9
- The substance of God’s Word – Revelation 22:10-11
- The consequence of our response to God’s truth – Revelation 22:12-19
- The foundation of our reward – Revelation 22:12-14
- The framework of rejection – Revelation 22:15-16
- The forewarning of response – Revelation 22:17-19
- The certainty of His return – 2Revelation 2:7, 12, 20-21
- The encouragement to endure – Revelation 22:7, 12, 20
- The emphasis of the whole book – Revelation 22:21
The faith we received from our Lord and Savior is enduring faith, but once in awhile, in the challenge against truth, we can become overwhelmed and begin to doubt. Thanks to The Revelation of Jesus Christ, we are now certain that everything Christ made available is secure and our future is guaranteed. Praise the Lord!
Jesus Is Coming
6 And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”
7 “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9 but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
10 And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. 11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”
12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
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.
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, 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.
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.