No Longer Any Curse

THE CURSE IS REMOVEDNo longer will there be any curse. (Revelation 22:3a)

As if to remind the reader that healing will no longer be necessary, John adds, “no longer will there be any curse.(1) When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they lost the peace and happiness of the Garden of Eden. God drove them out of the garden and into the world, where they became subject to sickness, pain, and eventual death.

Paradise Lost – From obedience, they fell to disobedience. From innocence, they fell to the knowledge of good and evil. From happiness and peace, they fell to sorrow and pain. From effortless enjoyment of the fruits of the Garden, they fell to eating what they could produce from the ground by their own work and sweat. From life, they fell to death.(2) From enjoying perfect fellowship with God, they fell into separation from and enmity with God.(3) All of these were the consequences of falling from God’s grace (Genesis 3:16–19).(4) All these were the result of one act of disobedience.

Paradise Restored –The future removal or reversal of the curse that originated in Eden was previously revealed to Zechariah (Zechariah14:11) and is repeated here in Revelation 22.(5) If God is to dwell with men, the curse must be reversed. For God can only dwell where the curse and its cause (sin – Joshua 7:12) are removed.(6) The Old Testament closes with the statement, “lest I come and smite the earth with a curse” (Malachi 4:6). In contrast the New Testament’s concluding thoughts announce that there shall be no more curse! Satan has been consigned to Hell forever, all of creation has been made new forever, and the curse of sin will be gone forever.(7)

Up Next – Benefits of the removal of the curse.

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References

  1. Walvoord, John F. (1985). Revelation. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, pp. 987–988). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
  2. Freeman, J. M., & Chadwick, H. J. (1998). Manners & customs of the Bible (p. 4). North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos Publishers.
  3. Ross, A. P. (1985). Genesis. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 32). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
  4. Freeman, J. M., & Chadwick, H. J. (1998). Manners & customs of the Bible (p. 4). North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos Publishers.
  5. Keener, C. S. (1993). The IVP Bible background commentary: New Testament (Re 22:3). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  6. Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 603). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
  7. Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, p. 624). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

Fresh Fruit

Galatians 5:22, 23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Who would not want these? The problem is we seek for them in all the wrong places. The truth is, they are ours simply by living by the Spirit.

My Advice – Let these qualities be your legacy in life. Pursue them rather than wealth and status. Wealth and status may be a by-product that you will only be able to truly enjoy if you have these qualities. You cannot gain these qualities any other way than by living by the Spirit.

You Know His Voice

Galatians 5:16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – A battle is being waged within us. A skirmish that is not necessary, because the war has already been won.

My Advice – The Spirit lives within you. Listen to Him. You know His voice. He is the feeling of uneasiness you feel when faced with certain choices, the sense of unrest when you’ve made the wrong choice and the feeling of peace when you know that you have.

In the Beginning God.

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Genesis 1:1, 31In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Why is it that so many people refuse to believe that something with such a massive and magnificent design as the cosmos and with such a minute and meticulous design as the microscopic world  is not attributable to a master designer? Why do they choose to believe something so complex and with such intricacy and order sprang from disorder through random chance?  That all that is, came from nothing that was?  This hardly seems like science to me.

The reality is, the science behind all of creation, what is seen and unseen, the underlying code, if you will, was also designed by the creator.  So you see, real science is inextricably linked to the Creator.  How things came to be was an act of creation (God said…and it was so).  How they are governed once created, the science (order) behind it all, is also by God’s design.

My Advice – In the beginning God.  That is all the explanation that is necessary.  It is the only explanation that is plausible.

The Tree of Life

TREE OF LIFEOn each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:2b)

History of the Tree – The Tree of Life, with all its healing properties, is there. It is no longer guarded by an angel with a flaming sword, but is open to all who have overcome (Revelation 2:7).(1) Genesis 3:22 said that “man had not yet taken of the tree.” If he had done so he would have Continue reading “The Tree of Life”

Provided the Purpose is Good

Galatians 4:18It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We are zealous for so many things in life, sports teams, social causes, political causes, to name just a few. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could be just as zealous for the things of God?

My Advice – Be zealous for the things of God.

In Memory Of Dad

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In Memory Of Dad

This is a re-post from September 15, 2017, the one year anniversary of my dad’s death.  Today, he would have celebrated his 87th birthday.

Proverbs 23:22Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. (NIV 1984)

My Musing – Each weekday, I’ve been focusing on some devotions and advice that I gave my son Joel upon his college graduation.  Today I am going to switch it up a bit, as today is the first anniversary of my Dad’s death.  Today, my devotional musing goes out in memory of my Dad.

Apart from the work of the Holy Spirit in my life, the greatest impact on my spiritual development has been my Dad and Mom.  To these I owe whatever spiritual legacy I have.

Over the past year, I often found myself thinking, “What would Dad have thought about it?”  Today, one year after his passing, I find myself thinking, “I wish I could talk it over with Dad one more time.”

Dad and Me

Below is a video that my brothers and I collaborated on and that my son Joel produced.  It is a tribute to my Dad’s life.  If you watch until the very end you’ll hear a recording of my Dad saying, “I love you guys very, very much.”  Well Dad, we all miss you very, very much!

 My Advice – Joel, as you read from “A Father’s Devotions,” remember the example of your Grandfather.