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Summary: You could not imagine a more clear-cut invitation to receive God’s free gift of eternal life than this final climactic invitation of the Bible. (Outlined from ICR's "Day's of Praise")

Revelation 22:17 (KJV) 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.

It’s at the end of all the history that we have known.

It’s at the end of all things that will happen hereafter.

It’s at the end when, “it is finished” has become realized.

After all that has been written in the word to coerce men to God’s side.

After all the profits, all the preachers,

After all the kings and spokesman for God have uttered their last words.

It is from the beginning to the end, the sum of it all is simply this,

“Whosoever will”, “Come!”

“Whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

“Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (John 11:26).

“Whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43).

“Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God” (1 John 4:15).

The great, “whosoever will” is a call given to all people, all races.

In the “whosoever will” there are no fractions

In the “whosoever will” there are no races

In the “whosoever will” there are no classes of people, rich or poor, black or white, young or old, male or female,

In the “whosoever will” we all have an equal invitation to the greatest call that this universe will ever hear

It is the call of a loving God reaching out to an ungrateful people,

full of sin and desires that could even make the devil blush.

It’s a call for reason, to be reasonable,

to see beyond the darkness of this world and enter into the light of God.

Enter into his holiness

Enter into his mercy that supersedes anything we deserve

Enter into his presence, not with a sad long face, but with exceeding great joy

The psalmist says, Psalms 100:4 (KJV) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Entering into the loving arms of a father that gave us the example of how a mother hen would use the strength of her wings to cover her chicks beneath them

How He would gather them and protect them from this vile and sinful world.

You could not imagine a more clear-cut invitation to receive God’s free gift of eternal life than this final climactic invitation of the Bible.

Anyone who is thirsting for the water of life may come and drink freely,

for Jesus said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” (John 7:37).

Whosoever will, may come!

“There is no respect of persons with God” (Romans 2:11)

1 John 2:1-2 (KJV) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

“Jesus Christ the righteous:...is the propitiation (covering)...for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:1-2).

Romans 5:18 (KJV) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

Promises like these (and many more in the Word of God)

make it very clear that the substitutionary death of Christ is sufficient to

“[take] away the sin of the world” (John 1:29),

Salvation and eternal life are offered as a free gift of God’s grace

to anyone who will accept it,

and that anyone who will, may come!

Again, our text says;

Revelation 22:17 (KJV) 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.

“Whosoever will” - “Come!”

Come to Him

Come as you are!

But you don’t stay as you are!

If you come to Christ in an illicit relationship,

some say Christ will accept you just as you are and sanctify that relationship.

God will never wink at sin!

That may be a popular message today in some churches,

but it directly contradicts Scripture which clearly says

that these things from our past lives should be left behind

1 Peter 4:1-2 (KJV) Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

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