1. Revelation 22:1–3 (ESV)
  2. Application

The beginning of an existence without the curse

Revelation 22:1–3 (ESV)

1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb

Mankind’s fall into sin had prompted the Lord to pronounce curses on the serpent and the soil (Genesis 3:14, Genesis 3:17). Ever since that tragic day, humanity has tasted the presence of what is accursed, be it the deceiver himself, or the struggle with uncooperative ground. The New Jerusalem retains no trace of anything accursed; that is, there is no possibility for further devilish temptation (Revelation 20:10) and there is no trace of unproductive soil. The church of Jesus Christ enjoys the beginnings of this curseless existence inasmuch as the church focuses on the triumph and truth of Christ and so resists the lie and excommunicates those who embrace the lie in doctrine or life (1 Corinthians 5:13; 2 Thessalonians 3:6–9). More, the church distributes its abundance so that no one has need (Acts 2:41–45), and makes a point of extending this goodness and abundance to those outside (Galatians 6:10).