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November 28, 2013
By Pastor Charles L. Owens
Shiloh Baptist Church, Somerville
There is no lack of God calling people to His gracious salvation in Scripture. The Holy Spirit inspired Moses in Deuteronomy 4, “If you search for the Lord with all your heart, you will find Him.”
In Proverbs 8: “Those who seek Me diligently will find Me.”
From Isaiah 55: “Incline your ear, and come to Me.”
Jesus said in Matthew 11, “Come to Me, all of you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
In John 6 Jesus declared, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me, I will certainly not cast out.”
James writes in chapter four, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
Our God is a calling, inviting, saving God.
Christ declares in Revelation 22:13–16, “I AM the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are they that do wash their robes, that their right will be to the tree of life and by the gates they should go in to the city. But outside the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the sexually immoral, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices a lie. I, Jesus, sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I AM the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star.”
Christ is all-powerful and declares that there will be a great divide based on whose robes have been washed. Then this last invitation is given, and the methodology by which it is extended is revealed.
The final and great invitation is found in Revelation 22:17: “And he who thirsts let him come; he that wills, let him take water of life without cost.”
People respond — being thirsty and willing — and come, finding the free and boundless Fountain from which abundantly flows the water of life. The way to the water is only found in Christ.
“But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life” (John 4:14).