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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

March 31, 2023

The Bible Edge

Everyone needs an Edge, Believers can have the Bible Edge

Revelation 22:17

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

In the 66th book of the 66 books of the Bible, the 1,189th chapter of 1,189 chapters, in the 31,169th verse of 31,173 verses found in the Bible there is recorded the last invitation of God to sinners. The last few words of God’s Word give the last invitation of God’s Word. In it the Lord uses the word “let” three times. Each addressed to a unique group.

And let him that heareth say, Come. Those who have heard, and while it’s unwritten, it is understood that they have “come” to the Lord, should say come. This is the great commission in a nutshell. That those who have come to the Lord would invite others to come unto Him is the great work of the Holy Spirit and the Bride. It is found throughout the New Testament in action. From John the Baptist, to Peter, Paul, John, and throughout the last two plus millennia those that have heard have been inviting others to simply come unto God through Jesus Christ.

And let him that is athirst come. If any person is thirsty, they have this clear cut invitation to come unto Him. But thirsty for what? For eternal life for one. For peace in the soul, power in prayer, wisdom from God in dealing with life’s issues, on and on we could go. When Jesus spoke to the woman at the well in John 4, He gave her this promise: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (John 4:14) If any person is thirsty let them come unto God through Jesus Christ.

And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. It is just that simple. Whosoever is anyone, anywhere, at any time, in any situation, and guilty of any sin. If they are thirsty, they have it within their power to take of the water of life freely. God has given them the power to let this take place. He gives them permission, and also empowers them to do so. It is the action of the free will of each human being to let themselves come to God through Jesus Christ.

The word “let” is so powerful that it is directly tied to eternal life. Any person can let, or not let, themselves come to God through faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is more than a Bible Edge, much more. It is the Gospel. It is the ultimate decision affecting the heart, soul, and mind. It is the portal of eternal life, and the key to unlock the door of victorious Christian living. It is God’s simple invitation that echoes through the tunnel of time. Jesus gave this simple invitation in Matthew 11:28: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

William Howe, Ph.D.

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