â€œAnd the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.â€ (Revelation 22:17)
By Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
ne could not imagine a more clearcut invitation to receive Godâ€™s free gift of eternal life than this final climactic invitation of the Bible. Anyone who is thirsting for the water of life may come and drink freely, for Jesus said, â€œIf any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drinkâ€ (John 7:37). Whosoever will may come! â€œThere is no respect of persons with Godâ€ (Romans 2:11, plus about seven other references), and the Scriptures abound with â€œwhosoeverâ€ assurances.
â€œWhosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting lifeâ€ (John 3:16). â€œWhosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be savedâ€ (Romans 10:13). â€œWhosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never dieâ€ (John 11:26). â€œWhosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sinsâ€ (Acts 10:43). â€œWhosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in Godâ€ (1 John 4:15).
â€œJesus Christ the righteous: . . . is the propitiation . . . for the sins of the whole worldâ€ (1 John 2:1-2). Therefore, â€œby the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of lifeâ€ (Romans 5:18).
Such promises as these (and many more in the Word of God) make it very clear that the substitutionary death of Christ is sufficient to â€œ[take] away the sin of the worldâ€ (John 1:29), that salvation and eternal life are offered as a free gift of Godâ€™s grace to anyone who will accept it, and that anyone who will may come! It is only the voluntary act of our own wills that is required, but there are many of whom Jesus must say: â€œYe will not come to me, that ye might have lifeâ€ (John 5:40). HMM