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Washing Robes Blessing
(Revelation 22.13-14)
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"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. 'Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.'" (Revelation 22.13-14)✞

City of God

Child in robe"Those who wash their robes" had the right of entry into the city of God. This phrase showed our part in salvation. It was Jesus Christ who on the Cross had provided that grace by which we could be forgiven, but we had to appropriate that sacrifice, to make it our own. To take a simple analogy, we could supply soap and water, but we could not compel a person to wash. We could offer the free gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ but we could not force people to accept.✞

Damascus Gate Jerusalem

Damascus Gate JerusalemThose who "go through the gates into the City" are those who have accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. There followed a list of those who are barred from the city of God. We have already considered a very similar list in Revelation 21.8 of those who were cast into the lake of fire such as the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars. In ancient days, since all books were carefully checked hand-copies by scribes it was a regular custom to insert at the end of a book a solemn warning against applying any change to ones own liking. It was in the light of that custom that we must read John's words to us today. How easy it seemed to change the words of Scripture to suit our own ideas, to be politically correct or even to leave out a few words that don't sit right with us. We need to beware! ✞

"Washing Robes Blessing"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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