For after all, we ourselves are Christ-ians those who belong to Jesus! We are the baptized followers of the Triune God, from Whom and through Whom and to Whom are all things as explained even in our very first study in this book. We are they who have been redeemed by the Triune God.
We are they whom God has justified through imputating Christ's Own righteousness to us so as to make it our very own. We are they whom He is still sanctifying.1033 Hence we keep His Commandments out of gratitude to Him Who has given us the right to the tree of life.1033
1050 Col. 2:9. 1051 II Cor. 4:6. 1052 Rev. 21:23f cf. 22:16. 1053 Rev. 21:6 & 22:17cd. 1054 Cf. n. 1043f. 1055 Rev. 22:17def.
Revelation 22 December 31
Indeed, we are those who have the "Father's Name written upon our foreheads;1056 who serve the Lamb alias God the Son;1057 and to whom the Spirit and the bride keep on saying 'Come!'1058 For we are they whom our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ enjoins: "You must therefore keep on going and keep on making all Nations into disciples baptizing them into the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And look, I am with you always even till the end of the age!"1059
It is Jesus Who has given us all of the precious promises in the Bible by now translated into more than a thousand languages, and still continuing to carry its victorious message throughout the World.1060 It is Jesus Who warns us never to add to (or to subtract from) the words of His prophecy.1060 And it is Jesus Who keeps on testifying about "these things saying: 'Yes, I am coming quickly!'"1061
When Christ ultimately comes again at His Final Return He will indeed then come quickly. That means swiftly which is quite distinct from "soon" and especially distinct from "imminently" alias "at any second."1061
Christ assures us He will come again. Indeed, when He does, He will do so quickly. Meantime, may we for our part always enjoy His blessings (as we study and believe and obey His Word)!1033 May we, every day, always praise His Holy Name! And may we ourselves always gladly pray to Him: "Amen, even so, come, Lord Jesus!"1062
Until He comes may we also always encourage one another. There is no better way to do so, than to urge all of our many brethren: 'Onward, Christian soldiers! Onward, to victory!'
1056 Rev. 14:1 & 22:6. 1057 Rev. 22:3f,16. 1058 Rev. 22:17ab. 1059 Mt. 28:19f. 1060 Rev. 1:9-19; 10:2,8-11; 11:2-15; 19:10; 22:16,18f. Cf. too our argument at nn. 347 & 391-405 in our study for Dec. 12. 1061 Rev. 22:20ab cf. n. 30. See too, on the word "quickly" (as distinct from "soon" and especially as distinct from "imminently"): Dt. 32:35; Isa.40:10; 47:11; 48:3; 49:8; 60:22; Jer. 6:26; Ezek. 7:7,12; Dan. 7:22; Zech. 2:10; Mal.3:1; Rev. 1:1; 2:5,16; 3:11; 11:14,18 & 22:7,10-12,17,20. 1062 Rev. 22:20c cf. v. 17b & n. 30.