FLOWING FROM THE THRONE
Rev. 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
One of the great pictures of the Holy Spirit is given by John in today’s verse. John said that this “river” was proceeding from the Father and the Son. That is a mouthful. The very love that is shared between the Father and the Son is actually a person. This person is the Holy Spirit. To John the Baptist, He appeared as the heavenly dove. To the Apostle John, He appeared as a beautiful river of life proceeding from the Father and the Son. Jesus said that if anyone was thirsty they could come to Him and drink. We are able to actually drink from his river of life living water that will effect every part of our lives in ways that are past our ability to comprehend or express. He literally makes all things new. Jonathan Edwards spoke about the effect this River has on everyone and everything it touches. Here is a short excerpt from Edwards’ comments on this verse.
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. This river is the river of God’s pleasures, as it is elsewhere called, and is the Holy Spirit, and therefore proceeds both from the Father and the Son, from the throne of God and the Lamb. The fountain of all good flows out in this stream. Christ himself has told us what the living water is, or which is the same thing, the water of life, that is, the Spirit of God. ‘Tis called “a pure river, clear as crystal,” to denote the holiness of it, for God’s Spirit is the Holy Spirit. ‘Tis the holiness of God in abstract; and therefore when a river is made use of as an emblem of it, ’tis meet that it should be a river of extraordinary pure and clear water, clear as crystal. “Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit.” Firstly and chiefly, ’tis meant that the water had life in it. Common water is mere passive, dead matter, but this water is alive. ‘Tis a living divine person. This water is not only something living, but ’tis life itself. ‘Tis that Spirit that is the very life of God, and so is divine and infinitely perfect life, and act, and energy; for which cause partly the Spirit of God is called “water of life”, because divine life is the very matter of this water.
This River is more than an experience. This River is a person, the wonderful third person of the trinity, the blessed Holy Spirit. So today, Jesus is still crying out, “If anyone is thirsty let him come to Me and drink. Out of your innermost being will begin to flow this beautiful river of the Holy Spirit.