Text: Revelation 22:18-21 (KJV)
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Key Verse: “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” – (Revelation 22:19)
Distortion of official documents to achieve fraudulent purposes has become the order of the day. But such behaviour offends God, let alone when it involves His own Book. In this concluding chapter of the New Testament and the entire Bible, God, through His messenger, decided to sound a note of warning to all.
The angel of God who was speaking with John was about to end the message when he emphasised the importance of all that had been revealed in the book of the prophecy and warned that nobody should tamper with the message either by adding or subtracting from it. He disclosed that people who fall short of God’s expectations in this wise will face the wrath of God.
The practice of Christianity today is characterised by lots of distorted views. In attempts to silence their conscience, many people have decided to either expunge some portions of the Bible or distort the meanings of some passages. Many have been deceived to believe that such distorted version of the word of God is the whole truth. But no excuse is tenable before the infallible God.
Ministers of the gospel should make it a duty to teach their congregations the entire word of God, irrespective of their personal views on any subject matter in the Scripture. Any attempt to do otherwise will bring God’s judgment upon the perpetrators.
As believers, the word of God has been given to us; we should respect everything written in it without doubting. Since we believe that all “scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16), then, no part of it should be discarded or distorted.
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