Daily Readings & Thought for July 1st. “THE ONE WHO CONQUERS WILL … “
Today we completed reading the book of Revelation – and how awesome are many of the verses – some are also inspiring – as are our 2 chapters (56 & 57) in Isaiah, while 1 Samuel 13 is a lesson of faulty faith in the actions of Saul, now made king of Israel.
It is v. 7 of Rev. 21 that it is valuable to have uppermost in our minds, “The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” (or daughter) What is the sense of “conquers”? Some Bible versions translate this as ‘overcomes.’ We are engaged in spiritual warfare – will the spirit in the world that surrounds us conquer or overcome us!? Or will we conquer them so that God will welcome us as sons and daughters, genuine brethren and sisters of His Son?
The next verse (8) describes those who fail to conquer! ” But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral … and all liars, their portion will be … the second death” We note the inclusion of “all liars” – how many are genuinely honest today? How many are ambiguous in what they say – especially politicians? The experience of utter despair in “the second death” implies that these have experienced the resurrection – but find themselves, perhaps to their surprise, among the “goats” and tares.”
The final emphasis on God’s particular hatred of all who distort truth – making it in effect – a lie is in v.15 of the final chapter. In contrast to those who ” have the right to the tree of life” [v.14] ” Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” [v.15] We do not have pagan “idols” but many appear to worship human “idols.” What a true picture of our world is ‘painted’ in these words.
Finally we note the invitation in v.17 ” …. let the one who hears (reads) say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” Yes, “without price”! Eternal life is the gift of God for “the one who conquers.”