Ralph's Daily Devotional - Monday, October 14 2018

“What will Heaven be like?”  
Part 1: “Washed in the blood of the Lamb”
Revelation 22:14 

I love the invitation, “Come!” and the symbolic words of Revelation 22:17, referring to Jesus Himself.  All in Heaven share one common identity: they are washed in the blood of the lamb, a symbol made real through our Lords substitutionary and reconciling death for our sins.

In Revelation 7:9-14, John sees a multitude no one could number from all tribes, people and nations, yet they are all washed in the blood of the lamb.  Here the church is composed of many cultures, yet there is only one Savior and Lord.  Some turn this good news into bad, teaching that those who lived before Christ are lost as well as all who had never heard the gospel.  But the cross transcends time and space, extending backwards as well as forward (Revelation 13:9).

This tells us people can be saved outside of the church, but never outside of Christ!  Heaven will see God’s promise to Abraham come to pass when “all nations will be blessed” (Revelation 21:24) and where people considered “hopeless,” such as the thief on the cross, will rejoice forever.  For with God nothing is impossible!

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