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Washing Robes Blessing (Revelation 22.13-14)

"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" have the right of entry into the city of God. This phrase shows our part in salvation. It is Jesus Christ who on the Cross has provided that grace by which we can be forgiven, but we have to appropriate that sacrifice, to make it our own. To take a simple analogy, we can supply soap and water, but we cannot compel a person to wash. We can offer the free gift of eternal life in Jesus Chrisat but we cannot 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 follows 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 as the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars. We need to beware! 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 is in the light of that custom that we must read John's words to us today. How easy it seems 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. ✞

"Washing Robes Blessing"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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