Themes in Revelation: Patient Endurance
Week 12, Sunday: Our Resting-place, Now and Forever
Jesus has overcome the world. He goes forth every day conquering and to conquer. He is coming again to vanquish all His enemies and take us home to the new heaven and new earth, where there will be no more sorrow and no more tears, and where the righteousness, peace, and joy of the Kingdom of God will be our daily, uninterrupted experience.
And all that glorious rest and bounty is already ours!
Read Revelation 21 and 22
Meditate on the following passages from Revelation
1. John says that “in Christ” we are companions together in the Kingdom, tribulation, and patient endurance. What does it mean to be “in Christ”? Meditate on Ephesians 2.6 and Psalm 16.11. Are we “in Christ” now? In what ways?
2. “In Christ” there’s plenty of room for us to “stretch out” and grow (2 Pet. 3.18). What are some new directions for growth which you have come to consider as a result of these studies in Revelation?
3. Jesus Christ is the Light of His people – each believer and every church. He sheds His light in us, upon us, and through us to the world as a refraction of Himself. What’s the difference between saying Jesus refracts His light through us rather than reflects His life off us? How do you experience this?
4. How do the unseen things of Christ and His exaltation encourage you as one who is “in” Christ?
5. Meditate on Revelation 22.17. Why is this an important prayer? What does it say about believers for whom this prayer has little place in their prayers?
Paul wrote, “For me to live is Christ” (Phil. 1.21). In what ways do you want this to be more real in your own life?
The Glory of God
What have you learned about the glory of God from our studies in Revelation?
Glory to Glory
How would you explain the idea of “glory to glory” to one who was just beginning his life “in Christ”?
Review John 16.33. Give thanks and praise to our overcoming and conquering King.
Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
For the LORD Most High is awesome;
He is a great King over all the earth.
He will subdue the peoples under us,
And the nations under our feet.
He will choose our inheritance for us,
The excellence of Jacob whom He loves. Selah
God has gone up with a shout,
The LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
Sing praises with understanding.
God reigns over the nations;
God sits on His holy throne.
The princes of the people have gathered together,
The people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
He is greatly exalted.
T. M. Moore
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.