TEXT: Revelation 22:1-7
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
The Free State of Glory (Part 27): A Place Where We Will Reign With the Lord
The Book of Revelation is often thought of as a book full of terror, judgment, and messages of doom for those of us upon whom, as Paul said, “the ends of the world have come.” But John the Revelator was equally compelled to wax poetic on the joys, beauties, and rewards of the State of Glory where we will live after the end of this world. A multitude of themes about Heaven are expressed and revisited — each one deep enough that it could spawn a book of its own. The myriad of Heaven’s joys include the removal of the sin curse, the privilege of seeing God’s face, the Heavenly Father placing His name in our foreheads, and the absence of darkness.
Now, as John moves toward the close of his book, he mentions another aspect of Heaven that inspires awe and humility. He writes, “and they [the saints] shall reign for ever and ever.” The Greek word translated as reign means “to exercise kingly power, influence, or control.” This word is used several times in the New Testament. We read in one place that “sin reigned.” And, in another place, that “death reigned.” But, in Heaven, God will reign, Christ will reign, and we will reign with them. Of course, we will not be equal to God or Christ, but we, as Christ’s servants, will have duties and responsibilities in the free State of Glory.
Philip Schaff writes, “John’s transition to reigning is sudden, almost startling, for we have been reading only of ‘service’ thus far. Yet it is eminently characteristic of John, who constantly delights at the close of a passage to return to his earlier steps, and to close as he had begun. He has reached the consummation of the happiness of the saints of God, and it can only remind him of his very earliest words, an echo of which has run through the whole of the Apocalypse: ‘And he made us to be a kingdom, to be priests unto God the Father.'”
For the believer, reigning with Christ is not just about having administrative authority in His kingdom. It also signifies our final triumph over sin and death. No longer will we be weighed down by the struggles and trials of mortal life. In the State of Glory, we will truly be those who have “overcome the world.” As Revelation 3:21 reminds us, we will ‘sit with the Lord in His throne, even as He also overcame, and sat down with His Father in His throne.’ Sitting not only signifies being at rest, but it also signifies authority. Presidents stand to speak, kings sit to speak. When Jesus finished His ministry on Earth and His passion on the cross, He “sat down at the right hand of the Father.” What a privilege it will be for us to one day sit with Him!
You and I both know the pleasure of sitting down to a good meal and a little TV time at the end of a long, hard day. Imagine that feeling for an eternity. No more trouble. No more hurrying to and fro. No more painful labor in fruitless, mortal endeavours. We will sit down with Christ and reign with Him!
Isaac Watts wrote:
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Doth his successive journeys run;
His Kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
To Him shall endless prayer be made.
And princes throng to crown His head,
His name like sweet perfume shall rise
With every morning sacrifice.
Blessings abound where’er He reigns:
The prisoner leaps to lose his chains,
The weary find eternal rest,
And all the sons of want are blest.
Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honors to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud Amen.
If you want to reign in Heaven with Christ and God, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.