"And let him that is athirst come, and whosoever will let him take the water of life freely" (Rev 22:17).
The Spirit and the Bride unite in saying "Come," to the bright and
morning star, referred to in 2Co 11:16, and him that heareth the
promise of His coming, are invited also to say "Come." Then the
invitation goes out to the thirsty ones of earth, that they might come
and drink of this water of life. It is surely very fitting that the
last invitations recorded in the book of inspiration should be to an
absent Saviour, "Come, Lord Jesus" (Luk 11:20); and to the absent
sinner, "Let him that is athirst come."
I. The Blessing Mentioned. "The Water of Life."
1. Its source. "It proceeds out of the throne of God and of the Lamb"
(Luk 11:1). Coming from the throne it comes with all the authority and
dignity of the glory of God. Coming through the Lamb it comes in mercy
and at great sacrifice, for He was slain for us.
2. Its nature. "The Water of Life" in fulness like a "pure river"
(Luk 11:1). Water here may be emblematic of that pure stream of "grace
and truth" that has come to us by Jesus Christ (Joh 1:17). The words,
He said, that I speak unto you, they are spirit and life. Life is the
one thing needed by those who are dead in trespasses and sin
(Joh 4:10). This good news is as cold water to a thirsty soul.
II. The Parties Invited. Two classes are suggested here.
1. Him that is athirst. He that feeleth his need and whose soul eagerly
longs for satisfaction. Not the righteous or the learned, but the
thirsty. The invitation is one of mercy, therefore it is to the needy.
2. Whosoever will. Those thirsty in soul, and those willing in mind.
"If any man willeth to do His will he shall know" (Joh 7:17).
III. The Conditions Stated.
1. They are simple. "Let him take." It is not, Let him make. As the
waters flowed from the smitten rock in the wilderness, so flows this
river of life for all. "As many as receive," etc. (Joh 1:12).
2. They are liberal. "Let him take freely." Take without money and without price as much as ye need (Isa 55:1-2).