The Spirit and the Bride Say, “Come”

I love the simple beauty of the Scriptures. Today I was struck by this simple phrase, “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come,’ ” (Revelation 22:17).

Just a few amazing things about this little passage:

  1. Call: After all the judgments, warnings, exhortations, proddings, visions, terror, and joy of the Revelation of Jesus Christ (aka, “Revelation”), the Holy Spirit and the Bride speak together. They say, “Come. Come get some living water. It’s free. Come on, come now, come all.”

    Not to make the Bible out to be merely a book of God’s pleadings, as though (like J.I. Packer so deftly put it in his excellent essay-introduction to John Owen’s Death of Death in the Death of Christ) God were pathetic and wringing His hands at how sinners reject Him, but God’s Spirit and His church here close the entire Bible by pleading with sinners! “Come!”

  2. Church and Spirit: The church and the Spirit speak in agreement here. The church and the Spirit are on mission together. The church and the Spirit speak the judgments and the joy of God, then they call, “Come. Come to Jesus. Come take His free water. Come.”

    This must give great hope to missionaries the world over. Wherever we work and whatever we do, we are called to call others to Jesus. It can be as simple as explaining the end of the world and commanding, “Come. Come to Jesus.” His Spirit is speaking with us!

  3. Word: The church says what the Word says, the Spirit says what the Word says, the Spirit says what the church says. The local church is meant to be in full agreement with God’s Spirit and His Word. There is no division. United are the three.

    Hope must spring from knowing that God’s Word, Spirit, and church cannot fail. His Word won’t return empty, His Spirit moves and saves wherever He wishes, and His church even stands against the gates of hell!

So say it with the Spirit and the Word. “Come. Come, take the water of life, without cost.”

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

4 Responses to The Spirit and the Bride Say, “Come”

  1. tamarknochel says:

    What a breathtaking scripture! Thank you so much for sharing it with us today!!! 🙂

    • B Treece says:

      Amen. It struck me, too. I’ll try to keep them coming, but they’re always in the Word.

      Britt
      crossonmyback

      • Nancy Readus says:

        At 7:03 this morning, the Spirit said, “Come, Come, Come”. I thank Him for the continued invitation to come closer to Him for the evil days are drawing nigh. So, the invitation is reminding me that I need to draw closer to Him at this hour. I felt that I shoud search, His words, and yours was the one I decided to view Thank you for sharing!

        Blessings in the name of Yeshua!

        Nancy

      • B Treece says:

        Nancy,

        That’s a great story, and I’m thankful that, when God does speak, He leads us straight to His Word. How great and gracious is the Living God!

        Britt
        crossonmyback

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