A Short Study of Revelation 7:16-17

“They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”
(Revelation 7:16-17)


He is sufficient for eternity. Our religion, if a real one, has a life through eternity; that is, our souls saved are to live with God for ever and ever.


“Well,” you say, “that is enough.” Yes, dear friends, but what is meant by it? What is meant by heaven? What is meant by being an “heir of God, and a joint-heir with Christ” (Romans 8:17)?

What is meant by being in the presence of God for ever?

Now I will tell you one thing it does not mean; let me just state a negative. It does not mean that we shall be independent of God.

What does it mean?

It means this: that there must be One who is able to supply the needs of an immortal creature; to supply him with light, that he may live in the light; with life, that he may move in the life, and with power that he may stand. And He is sufficient for this. “The Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto the living fountains of waters.” And they shall thirst no more.
It is a beautiful thing, you will see it to be so, if it be opened to you – the dependence of a creature. I have loved the thought of my dependence in heaven. If I get there, as I believe sometimes I shall, I shall be as dependent as I am here.
I shall have no sin to trouble me, but I shall have dependence in my very being. Who is enough for it?


James Popham

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