And I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from now on: Yes, said the Spirit…
If the threatenings of judgment upon the worshippers of the false are motives to patience and fidelity, how much more is the promise of a blessed reward! Between these two the tried and persecuted Christian disciple is hedged in. This blessedness is
(1) assured by the heavenly proclamation: "a voice from heaven." It is
(2) confirmed by the Spirit's testimony: "Yea, saith the Spirit." It is
(3) promised to them who are spiritual: "in the Lord." It is
(4) the reward of fidelity maintained to the end of life: they "die in the Lord."
The reward is
(1) a state of felicity: "blessed" are they.
(2) It consists in a state of repose after toil, danger, and exposure: "They rest from their labours."
(3) It is exhibited as the consequence of and acknowledgment of their diligent, obedient labour: "Their works follow with them." Here is the encouragement to
(1) self denial;
(2) patient labour;
(3) undying devotion. - R.G.
Parallel VersesKJV: And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
WEB: I heard the voice from heaven saying, "Write, 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors; for their works follow with them."