Monday in the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Revelation 22:12-16

He Brings His Recompense with Him

As Revelation rushes to the end, there are several things which need to be said—encouraging words and words of warning.

First, Jesus himself declares to us, “Behold, I am coming soon.”  Unbelievers will mock at this as the Apostle Peter forewarned: “The will say, ‘Where is the promise of his coming?  For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.’”  Peter sums up their ignorance that the God who created the world is the God who can end it; moreover, time does not exist with God for He is eternal and a thousand years is as a day and a day a thousand years (2 Peter 3:1-10).  Even believers struggle with our Lord’s alleged “delay,” which is why so many scan Revelation (and Daniel) searching for end time roadmaps.  But Jesus tells us he is coming quickly because he might come today, and we must always be ready (Luke 12:41-48). 

Our Lord goes on: Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done.”  Scripture everywhere affirms that we are judged according to our works.  Why is this?  Because our works are the evidence that we have “washed our robes” and so may enter by the gates and have a right to the tree of life.  The “faith alone” by which we are saved is never by itself but always accompanied by the fruit it produces.  Christians prove themselves through the Spirit working through them—but they must still prove themselves.  And why is Christ the one who brings the recompense?  Because he is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end—just as his Father.  He is the Son and shares his Father’s divinity.

And who are those outside the gates?  Unbelievers, of course.  But their works prove them as well.  “Dogs” was a common word among Jews for Sodomites (Deuteronomy 23:17-18) but later became a reference to pagans in general given their ubiquitous immorality in the ancient world.  Sorcerers, murderers, idolaters, and anyone practicing falsehood are also found outside the gates.  In short, idolaters and practitioners of falsehood sum up very well what all sinners are and do, for to sin is to serve a false god (though a real demon) which is to live a false life.  A life of integrity is to worship the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ while living in obedience to God’s word.  No matter what the world says, that is living.  Everything else is derision, disingenuous, dishonest, and a pathetic parody of authentic living.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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