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Saturday, June 07, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Revelation 19:6-9(NASB)
6 Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. 7 "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready." 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'" And he said to me, "These are true words of God."
That was the passage we looked at in home group last night; the first think that struck me was the question-"What does it mean for God Almighty to reign?" Often, a nation is only as good as its ruler; a bad ruler and bad underlings can create a bad nation. The Kingdom of God is ruled by the ultimate benevolent dictator, and is a very good place to be. That's why the news is preceded with a cry of "Hallelujah!", for that news is work being silly-happy with joy over. The second thing that hit us was in verse 8, where we're (as the bride of Christ) dressed in our righteous acts; we're clothed in our own righteousness. If I can do a slight tweak to the exegesis and have each of us clothed in our own personal righteous acts (rather than the Church as a whole), it's going to be "Tarzan Time," as Darrel put it last night, for a lot of us won't have much clothing to cover us up. That shouldn't be taken to be a works-orientation, but I'd like to have more good stuff to bring with me when I go than just a bare minimum loincloth of salvation; my envisioned wedding attire is skimpier than I'd like. The ticket to that marriage supper is a hot commodity; you can't crash the party or scalp a ticket, it's by invitation only. Verse 9 points somewhat towards a Calvinist view on salvation, for if everyone got an invitation, no one in particular would be more blessed than others. What is left off is whether God the Father is the Godfather-is the invitation an offer you can't refuse?

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