Have you considered the beautiful description of the city of God in Revelation 22? Crystal river of life flowing from the throne of God with the trees that bear fruit for the healing of the nations, the children of God can see His face and need no sun because He is their light…
The chapter goes on to describe the unfortunate dogs and idolaters outside the gates who are immoral and live a lie. Then suddenly we have Jesus standing there, proclaiming Himself the root of Jesse and the bright and morning star, and then verse 17:
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ Let him who hears say, ‘Come.’ Let him who is thirsty come. Let him who desires take the water of life freely.
The Holy Spirit is apparently calling those dogs and idolaters to come and drink freely from the river of life! And who is joining their voice to the Spirit’s in this invitation? The Bride! The Bride of Christ, which is the Church, is also calling to the hopeless folks outside: Come!
But who’s that standing with the Spirit and the bride, apparently saying nothing? John the Revelator says, “Let him who hears say Come!” At whom is this directed?
There’s someone there being encouraged to invite the dogs and idolaters in — someone who is not, apparently, in need of saving himself, someone who knows he is already saved by the blood of the Lamb, but who is, for some reason, not joined with the Spirit and the Bride in calling the hopeless souls outside to come in.
Who could that be? Yikes — do you think that standing there beside the Spirit and the Bride, but refusing to invite the dogs outside to come in, are Christians like us, who want to keep LGBTQ Christians out, who don’t want a mosque or a Muslim cemetery or refugee in our town?
We’re there with the Spirit and the Bride but apparently we’re not opening our mouths to say, “Come!” along with them — but we’re being commanded to do so. Let him who hears say, “Come!” Ball’s in our court, I think.