Final Word • Where Do You Stand?
We have come to the end of our Guide. If you have read and studied this guide you will have a good understanding of what is going to happen in the future—and what God’s purposes are for humanity. Undoubtedly some of what you have read might scare you. You can be assured that it is God’s desire for all human beings to be in a loving relationship with Himself (1 Timothy 2:3, 4; Ezekiel 18:23, 32). On the other hand, people who rebel against God and those who reject the Saviour, Jesus Christ, will have a dreadful end. My desire is that you may find the FOUNTAIN of Life (Jeremiah 2:13). If you want to know more about God and His purposes for you, I encourage and urge you to take up the Bible for yourself and read and study it carefully, believingly and obediently. In it you will find more wonders, gems and treasures (Psalm 19:10; Proverbs 2:1-4).
From my side I have told you all you need to know in order to make a commitment to God and to become a believer and disciple of Jesus Christ. In the final analysis it’s not up to anyone else but you to accept God’s offer of salvation and become a follower of Jesus Christ. God is not going to make the decision for you—and you will not be able to make it in your own strength. You need God’s sovereign power and sovereign electing grace to commit yourself to Him. Only in Jesus Christ will you be safe from the wrath to come (1 Thessalonians 1:10). What I have tried to do is to bring you to the Water of Life, to show you the majesty, glory and rewards of diving into it and drinking from it. I have shown you the consequences of drinking deeply of this water and of the joys that will accompany you—and the sufferings you will endure for not drinking it. Your satisfaction and your enjoyment of drinking deeply of this living water will secure your future (Psalm 36:8; 63:1-3; Matthew 5:6).
Jesus said in John 6:34: ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and He who believes in Me shall never thirst.’ Jesus presents Himself as meeting our deepest longing and as the Source of soul-satisfaction. Jesus also said in John 7:37-38: ‘If anyone thirsts let him come to Me and drink. He who has believed in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ These living waters refer to the Holy Spirit’s indwelling in the believer’s heart. The whole human race is in desperate need of quenching their spiritual thirst like someone who has walked for days in a wilderness hoping to find water (Isaiah 55:1, 2; Jeremiah 2:13).
However, the tragic story of humanity is that most people have attempted and attempt to quench their spiritual thirst at the polluted fountains of sin by worshipping the idols of the world. These fountains cannot bring lasting satisfaction. In the end it is up to you to drink or not to drink. You can step away from the River of Life and Fountain of Living Water and decide you’re going your own way. The world and all its glory are merely a fool’s paradise and fool’s gold, false gold that does not glitter in all its glory. As God told the Israelites before they entered the Promised Land:
I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, THEREFORE CHOOSE LIFE, that you and your descendants may live. That you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice and cling to Him, for He is your LIFE and the LENGTH of YOUR DAYS (Deuteronomy 30:19).
In the last book and chapter in the Bible, God is calling out to all of us with this invitation:
……..And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come, whoever desires, let him take of the water of life freely (Revelation 22:17).