Eternal Church 4

The aim of this devotional study is to grow in the knowledge and appreciation of the church.

Scripture

Revelation 19:5-8

5  And from the throne came a voice saying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.” 6  Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7  Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 8  it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”– for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

Observations and reflections

Note: The context of this Scripture is within the prophesy which John wrote about the future judgment of the whole world, where Satan and his followers will be judged by God, and Jesus’ faithful followers will be rewarded by Him.  See also Revelations 21:2,9

  1. What is the metaphor John uses describe the reunion between Jesus and his church in this prophesy?
  2. What is the atmosphere of this reunion?
  3. What is the church of Jesus likened to in this prophesy?
    1. What do you understand Jesus wanted to communicate by using this metaphor / imagery for the church?
    2. What are the required response of the church implied in this imagery? [hint: verse 8]

Personal reflections and prayers

Consider each of the following questions, and then talk to the Lord about each of these points:

  1. How often does your local congregation speak about, pray about or sing about the return of Jesus?
  2. How much and how often do you long for Jesus’ return to come and fetch you to himself?
  3. In considering your daily conduct: would you say your “garments are white” – i.e. do you live a righteous life or are you involved in things that the Bible or your conscience condemn?
  4. If Jesus would speak to you today, would he be jealous of your affections for earthly things?