W4- Sunday School
So far, we have learned about how we are to be assured of our victory in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Can anyone tell us what we learned from Revelation 12?
The blood of the Lamb
The testimony we give toward the blood of the Lamb
This is how we see the defeat of Satan; when we speak up to what the blood accomplishes, Satan is constantly destroyed.
What did we learn from Colossians 2:13-15? Be assured of what God has accomplished, not yourself. He was triumphant, we were not. Therefore, we rest our life in His hand.
This morning we want to discuss the result of what is accomplished in the victory of Jesus Christ.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 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.”
- Revelation 21:1-8
Using the apocalyptic literature to give us a glimpse into the eternal gift that we receive due to the grace of Jesus Christ, we look into this vision’s implications.
As noted before John really isn't writing about a dualistic vision.
What does dualism mean?
John’s book shows no sign of evil winning. God’s victory is inevitable. If God’s victory is inevitable then what are we supposed to do? Constantly John tries to probe us with the question of “Whose side are you on?” Defeat awaits Satan but he is bringing as many as possible with him. Likewise, God is holding his hand out with the victory in it and all we need is to believe in this victory that He has graciously given us.
Heaven and earth colliding: this is the imagery we receive from this revelation. Often times we simply view that eternal life is in the clouds but this does not seem to be the case. What imagery suggest that we will live a new life on a new earth similar to how we are now, just purified? God is dwelling with men, John understood the relation that man had with God before sin. We worked and enjoyed life in the presence of God. He was our all in all. God does not want to take us to an imaginary fancy land but instead he desires to purify how we live. The glimpses of joy that we get in this life will be magnified in the next. It will be pure and all that is not pure will be laid to waste.
So, what we are reading about is the reward to those who have held on to the faith. The faith that they have in the Lamb.
List out what rewards we have in the New Life:
What imagery is used here to show the reader how we inherit these blessings of eternal life?
This type of teaching follows along the line of Paul when he teaches about what?
All we need to be is thirsty and receive the water and in the same way we need to understand our need for God and place our faith in what he has accomplished for us.
What type of people are thrown into the eternal death mentioned in the lake of fire?
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
- Romans 8:13-14
Living according to the flesh proves what?
This eternal death should concern us, but the breathtaking ability to drink from the cool water for eternal life should excite us to know that the way out of eternal death does not require us to do anything. It requires that we only have faith in the gracious gift of the sacrifice of Jesus and in turn live in view of the magnificent God that has purchased us.
This passage greatly shows us the riches and hope that the saints can be assured of. Today we must ask, are you thirsty for this water and will you drink?
Pray to dismiss.