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Discover the original intent of Scripture. Make good application to our everyday lives.
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Revelation 22:7-8

7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

The Original Intent

1) Who is speaking in this passage?

Identifying the speaker of a passage is quite important when studying Scripture, so take your time to see who is talking.

Here, God the Father is speaking as He is seated on His throne in glory. But this is coming from a vision given to the disciple John who was exiled to an island (Patmos) for preaching Christ.

While in exile, John received many visions, he wrote them down, and these letters were sent out to churches.

The Everyday Application

1) How does knowing the author affect my everyday life?

All of Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16), meaning that His Spirit ensured that what was being written down was exactly what God intended and purposed. His Spirit “carried along the human authors” (2 Peter 1:21) so they would convey God’s message using their own talents, personalities, and human perspectives.

Knowing who is speaking is important for contextual understanding, but remembering that God’s Spirit is ultimately the Author of everything in Scripture, gives us confidence that what we are reading is reliable, authoritatively truth, and beneficial for every aspect of our everyday life!

The Original Intent

2) Who are the ones who “conquer” and how does one “conquer”?

The “conqueror” is anyone who has persisted steadfastly in their faith until the end of either their life or the return of Christ.

One becomes this conqueror by realizing their own utter insufficiency to come into a right relationship with God based on their own merit, and then surrenders themselves entirely to the safekeeping of Christ based upon His merit instead of our own.

This surrender to Christ is the reason Paul so victoriously declares,”…we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Not because we have done well in life by our own good deeds, but because, through Jesus, we have conquered over sin and death.

After giving our everything truly to Christ, it is He who guards and sustains and keeps our souls safe until His return! See Matthew 24:13 and 1 Corinthians 1:8.

The Everyday Application

2) Who are the ones who “conquer” and how does one “conquer”?

How often do you feel like a conqueror in your everyday life? This morning as I’m writing this, I’ve already comforted several “owies” from my kids, fought hard for a quiet time to meet with my Jesus, taught school, and cleaned up so many messes that should have already been picked up.

So much is out of my control…pretty much everything really. But the chaotic demands of life do not dictate my status as conqueror. Because of Jesus’s love for me and inside me I am declared victorious from beginning to end of each and every day.

The Original Intent

3) Who are the cowardly and what is their “portion”?

“Cowardly” is the start of a list that depicts everyone who remains separated from an intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Their lives are characterized by fear because they have no secure love relationship to ground them in life. These are the unbelievers, refusing to see and accept God and His gift of eternal security through Jesus. Lives characterized by brokenness, emptiness, with no solid footing of truth, these are the ones inheriting Death.

In Romans, Paul reminds us “the wages of sin is death”. Death is our wage, our portion, our earnings for being sinful. And each and every human is sinful.

The Everyday Application

3) Who are the cowardly and what is their “portion”?

Let’s be real, okay? All our good stuff aside, all the ways we’ve worked at being a better human, all human relationships aside, no kids, no spouse, no parents, no church, no trappings whatsoever to cover for us or make us feel better about ourselves, what’s really left? Here we are standing alone, naked, with nothing to cover us before a righteous and holy God of the Universe because nothing can.

We know we are unworthy of being in His presence, utterly unworthy. But for Jesus! Oh beautiful, lovely soul, but for Jesus who stands in the gap between us and the Holy. His robe covers our shame, His righteousness healing our brokenness.

Is He YOURS, Sister? Are you HIS? Want to know more about this divine relationship that is a flooding fountain for real life? Reach out to someone who loves Jesus, friend (you can email us too!) Eternity rests on what you will do with Jesus Christ. Don’t miss out on being His Beloved!

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