The Curse Cancelled, and the Kingdom Begun
Revelation 22:3-4
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:…

I. THE REMOVAL OF THE CURSE. Many are the curses that have lighted upon earth — the primeval curse, with all the many curses that have flowed out of the first sin. All this is now reversed; the sentence is cancelled; the curse is exchanged for blessing. The atmosphere is purged. The sun scorches not by day, nor the moon by night. Thorns and thistles disappear. Fertility is restored to earth. The wolf lies down with the lamb, and the leopard with the kid; and there is nothing found to hurt nor to destroy in the holy mountain of the Lord. There is the new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.

II. THE ETERNAL THRONE. The new Jerusalem has come down out of heaven from God. The great kingdom has come.

III. THE ETERNAL SERVICE. "His servants shall serve Him." "They serve Him day and night in His temple" (Revelation 7:15).

IV. THE ETERNAL VISION. "They shall see His face (Psalm 41:12).

V. THE ETERNAL INSCRIPTION. "His name shall be in their foreheads."

VI. THE ETERNAL DAY. This is stated negatively. No night, no need of lamp nor of the sun! (Isaiah 9:19). Everlasting day! Everlasting light! Everlasting spring!

VII. THE ETERNAL SUN. "The Lord God giveth them light." The light of heaven and earth, of all things material, and all things spiritual, is to come from the face of Jehovah Himself — the ONE sun of the universe, the ONE SUN of the soul!

VII. The ETERNAL REIGN. "They shall reign for ever and ever." A bright future is this for every one who has received the testimony of the Father to His beloved Son; for on our reception of that testimony does our right to that Kingdom depend. It is so fair a prospect that it cannot fail to influence us now.

1. It purifies us. For all in it is pure and perfect.

2. It invigorates. The prospect of an inheritance like this nerves us for conflict, and makes us invincible.

3. It cheers. The light will soon swallow up the darkness. The glory will be enough to make up for all.

4. It comforts. Our light affliction will soon be swallowed up in eternal joy.

(H. Bonar, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

WEB: There will be no curse any more. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants serve him.

The Curse Abolished
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