Have Life !

New JerusalemThe end of John 20 says that Jesus did many things, not all of which are written. John tells us that some things “have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, you may have life in His name.” The objective of John’s writing is for us to believe that the man Jesus is the Christ, the One anointed by God to carry out His purpose, and that the man Jesus is the Son of God.

By believing, we have eternal life. This life is mentioned in about 40 verses in the gospel of John. Jesus is this life (14:6) and He came that we might have this life abundantly (10:10).

The objective of John’s gospel is not to record every detail, not to answer every question, and not to satisfy our curiosity. The objective of John’s gospel is the same as God’s objective—to be life to us through Jesus Christ.

I believe that John’s writing of Revelation is the same. Revelation gives us only a little information about New Jerusalem and the new creation around it. It does not tell us every detail that we would like to know and it does not satisfy our curiosity. But this is not the goal of Revelation.

Revelation 1:3 says, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy and keep the things written in it, for the time is near.” This verse guides us regarding what to do with Revelation: receive and keep what is written. Since God has chosen not to answer so many potential questions, we should ask Him to wash us from our questioning.

The goal of our receiving and keeping what is written is not answers to satisfy us but life to fulfill God’s purpose. Lord, wash away my curiosity and make me a man of life, growing daily in You. May Revelation because a fountain of life to me to equip me for Your goal.

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  1. Through the anointing of the Spirit this gentle but challenging word becomes light and life for man. Again the Apostle Paul invites us to have confidence, because “our competence is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not in a written code but in the Spirit… The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:5-6, 17-18).

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