In August of 2022, I published a commentary on Revelation 22:16. Here I use the Good News Bible, as it conveys that Jesus wanted John to share this information to the church bodies that existed and to future Christ followers; that includes you and me.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to announce these things to you in the churches. I am descended from the family of David; I am the bright morning star.”
(Revelation 22:16 GNB)
You can find that post here – https://omharris.com/2022/08/20/to-witness-and-to-give-you-assurance-of-these-things-revelation-2216/
In that post, I focused on the idea that Jesus reminded the Apostle John that it was not just Jesus bearing witness to the hope of a future life with the Father, but John too was to bear witness. Primarily because we are human and have the ability to forget that we have a hope and why; and, in the case of John, who is now an old man exiled to the island of Patmos; a place that for all John knew, it was Rome’s hope that he died there. As you can see God had other plans.
Having covered verse 16 we move on to Revelation 22:17.
Revelation 22:17 NASB “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.”
So, knowing that we have Biblical witnesses testifying to the rapture of the church before the wrath of God is to be poured out and that our hope is in a life with the Father and an eternity of peace with Him.
Who is He talking to?
“The one who hears.”
This idea of the one who hears does not necessarily hold to those looking for salvation, as it can also apply to those, such as myself, who are hungry and want to find answers.
“The one who is thirsty.”
Thirst is the Greek word dipsaō, and surprise, it means to thirst. But what if my thirst is for more of the Lord and a deeper understanding of what is coming and when?
Playing off the idea of thirst, He says, “the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.”
Jesus used the term take. This is the Greek word lambánō, and, according to the Word Study Dictionary, can mean to take in whatever manner. Almost syn. with déchomai (G1209), to accept or receive, and yet distinct from it in that lambánō sometimes means to receive as merely a self-prompted action.
A question, was our salvation truly without cost?
No, as Jesus gave up His place next to the Father, His royalty, and His life to purchase our salvation. On our part, it costs us nothing (well, perhaps a touch of humility.)
But note how once the Spirit and the bride say come, the directive is for those who hear to say come. Come is the Greek word érchomai and also infers “to appear, make one’s appearance, come before the public; arise, come forth, show yourself, or influence; and, to be established, or become known.” Thayer’s Greek Definitions.
“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
Who is the Spirit?
If I were to guess, I would have to say the Holy Spirit, but we don’t want to guess; we want direct, accountable answers.
And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:19-20 NASB)
This Holy Spirit is the same Spirit that baptizes in fire.
“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11 NASB)
Hold up here a second. John the baptizer told this crowd that the one who is coming after me is:
- Mightier than I,
Having a grasp that He is, with His pinky finger, mightier in every way is wisdom.
- I am not fit to remove His sandals;
Whether you are dealing with the Father, who is thankfully full of mercy, Jesus – the Son, who gave His life for us, or the Holy Spirit – the comforter who leads us and guides us into all knowledge; they are all Holy. Lacking that kind of submission and humility is dangerous.
- And, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
For the last several days, merely reading the Word fills my eyes with tears. There is power in the name of Jesus.
I will move on with this.
“The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.”
(Genesis 1:2 NASB)
So, even in the creation, we can see the Holy Spirit working.
The last thing I want to point out from Revelation 22:17 is the usage of the phrase “the water of life.”
“For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” (Psalms 36:9 NASB)
So the question is, out of whom is this fountain of life?
Many, of you, without thinking, would quickly say Jesus or God. Both would be correct.
King David, in Psalm 36:5, refers to Him as yehōwāh (this is the name by which He revealed Himself to Moses); while in Psalm 36:7 David refers to God as ĕlôhı̂ym; this is the Hebrew word ‘meaning God, gods, judges, angels. Occurring more than 2,600 times in the Old Testament, this word commonly designates the one true God (Gen_1:1) and is often paired with God’s unique name yehōwāh (H3068). Word Study Dictionary
If David is calling Him God and the water of life is flowing out of Him, then how do we get to Jesus as being the river of life?
Because Jesus said this of Himself and one of those examples was the Samaritan woman.
“Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”” (John 4:10 NASB)
Jesus later explained how this works to a bunch of Jews who wanted to kill Him, as He had made Himself (their words) to be God by claiming to be the Son of God.
““Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and now is when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. “For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;”
(John 5:25-26 NASB)
The Apostle Paul describes how we are washed with the Word of God, which is that water.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.”
(Ephesians 5:25-27 NASB)
So, not only do the Father and the Son, being one and the same, have life in them and flowing out of them, but are also the Word of God, which we see in Paul’s writings to the church in Ephesus above. The Apostle John opened his gospel by telling us that Jesus is the Word, the life, and the creative force in creation.
And finally, it does flow out from under both the throne of God and of the Lamb. Now there is something that I never noticed before.
“Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,”
(Revelation 22:1 NASB)
If you do not know if you have this water of life inside of you, then I suggest you acknowledge the ABCs – of salvation.