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Discover the original intent of Scripture. Make good application to our everyday lives.
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Read His Words Before Ours!

Revelation 21:5-6

5 Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” 

6 Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will freely give to the thirsty from the spring of the water of life.

The Original Intent

1) Who is speaking in these verses?

In the book of Revelation, John shares with readers the vision God gave him of what was to come. These verses are not simply a vision, but the very words of God being spoken. The God of the universe is both the author and speaker. 

Matthew Henry says, “The subject-matter of this vision is so great, and of such great importance to the church and people of God, that they have need of the fullest assurances of it; and God therefore, from heaven, repeats and ratifies the truth”.

God reminds readers of the truth of who 
He is and what He has promised, both fulfilled and yet to come.

The Everyday Application

1) Who is speaking in these verses?

Since God is the Author and Speaker of these words we must assume there was great importance in preserving them for all time. They had a purpose when God first spoke them to John to share with the original audience, but they have a purpose for us too.

We live in a generation extremely far removed 
historically from those who walked with Jesus and witnessed His life, death, and resurrection. We only have words to tell us of His greatness. These verses do just that.

God uses them to bring to mind both what He has 
already fulfilled and what He still has planned to do. God is not done and these verses remind us of what is yet to come when He ushers in the New Heaven and the New Earth in all its perfection and glory. 

The Original Intent

2) What does “it is done” mean?

“It is done” brings to mind other times in Scripture where a similar phrase was uttered. In Genesis 2:1-3, God declared His work to be finished or completed. God had spent 6 days creating earth and now Creation was complete and God rested.

In 
John 19:30, Jesus utters a similar phrase about His work being complete. Here Jesus hangs on the cross paying the penalty for the sins of the world and with His last breath he utters, “it is finished”.  

Likewise, in this Revelation verse, God declares how all of the work is complete. The entire plan of salvation has been accomplished. Creation has been redeemed back to God and now the New Heaven and the New Earth are done. 

He has made all things new just as He promised! He will not leave things imperfect, but restore them to perfection that is waiting!  

The Everyday Application

2) What does “it is done” mean?

Before God ever created His Creation, He knew Adam and Eve would choose to sin. He knew there would be separation between Himself and those He loved.

However, 
also from the beginning, God had a plan to redeem us. His plan was Jesus.

We see God finish the work of Creation in the Garden and 
finish the work of redemption on the Cross and we rest assured that His work is indeed complete. This phrase is the culmination of all of Scripture and all of God’s plan. When Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father, it was with the promise to go and prepare a place for believers.

While the price for redemption had been paid in full
, there was still work to be done. That work is what is done in this verse. All that God has promised is complete. His followers are now living with the Father in His perfect Creation! We can rest assured He is coming back and His plan will be complete! We will forever be with Him just as He promised! 

The Original Intent

3) What is “the spring of the water of life”?

When Jesus was walking on earth He had a conversation with woman at a well recorded in John 4:7-14 During this conversation, Jesus refers to “living water” and tells the woman any who drink from this water will “never be thirsty again”. 

This phrase reminds me of that promise and likely John remembered this statement from Jesus as well.  It was a promise of all Jesus offered and 
glimpse into who He is and what He came to do. In Revelation, we see the complete final picture. The spring of the water of life is now available to all who believe in Jesus and it is now offered freely and forever to all.

God kept His promise and Jesus is who He said He is. He alone can provide this “spring of living water”.

The Everyday Application

3) What is “the spring of the water of life”?

When I think of the words of Jesus to the woman at the well regarding this permanently quenching water, it excites me for all that is to come. When I see this phrase in Revelation, I can’t help but anticipate that One Day when I will see this promise fulfilled with my own eyes.

I love what Matthew Henry says regarding this phrase, “
He will give them of the fountain of the water of life freely. The greatness of this future felicity is declared and illustrated by the freeness of it—it is the free gift of God:He gives of the water of life freely;this will not make it less but more grateful to his people. It’s also illustrated by the fullness of it. The people of God then lie at the fountain-head of all blessedness”. 

In the Garden of Eden there was a
tree of life (Genesis 2:9), but after Adam and Eve sinned, access was taken away and death entered into the world. Nothing was perfect anymore. However, because of Jesus’ payment on the cross we once again have access to this eternal life. Jesus’ gift is free to all who are willing to receive it and by it, there is more blessing than we can ever imagine

The Samaritan woman at the well believed Jesus to be who He said He was and her life was never the same. Likewise, Jesus extends the same offer to each of us; when we accept His gift, there will come a day when we will have permanent access to the “spring of the water of life” and His blessings will never end! 

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