And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
In our previous devotional, we saw that those who are without Christ (pictured by Gentiles in our text), when left to themselves, are rebellious, rejecting His worship, separated from Him, unacceptable in His sight and unable to please Him in anyway. What a horrible condition to be in!
So what are they to do? Is there no hope for the lost person? In this devotional, we will see that there is hope for those who recognize their need of Christ…
Paul wrote about the hope of all mankind in Ephesians 2:4-10…
Eph 2:4-10 KJV
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Although, lost mankind has no hope when left to themselves, we find in this text that based upon the Lord’s merciful love, there is hope for the lost. Although the lost person is found to be dead in sins, they can receive spiritual life through Christ.
The giving of spiritual life is an act that is based upon God’s grace. This means that although lost mankind does not deserve deliverance from spiritual death (salvation), because of God’s love, it is available to them. The salvation that is made available is an eternal salvation that results in permanent acceptance into the Lord’s presence throughout the ages and into eternity.
So how can the lost individual be delivered from their rebellion and spiritual death? It comes through God’s grace, as He intervenes in the life of the lost person, drawing him to Christ and granting to him the gifts of repentance from sin and faith in Christ as Lord and Savior.
The Lord’s intervenes in the life of the lost person when the lost person recognizes his spiritually dead condition, his rebellious attitude against the things of God, and his inability to save himself. This causes the lost person to come before Christ humbly, realizing Christ alone can deliver him from his wretched condition… he cannot save himself, nor can he demand salvation to be given to him based upon his merit. Apart from the gracious intervention of Christ he is helpless, hopeless and without God in this world. This is the attitude of the one that Christ will graciously bring to repentance and belief, which will result in his eternal deliverance for his sin and the wrath that abides upon him.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation