So, I was pondering again one of those doctrine shattering verses. Revelation 22:14,
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (KJV)
Admittedly, some manuscripts say, ‘wash their robes,’ but this is pretty clear! DO the commandments to have full access to the City and to the Tree of Life. It is also interesting to note that even with the difference in manuscript, the ‘washing of robes’ is equated with ‘doing the commandments.’
Will you have access to the Tree of Life? Are you doing the commandments?
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I believe you can see a direct tie in to Isaiah 61 (the whole chapter) with the robes (salvation and righteousness (once again faith AND works required) seen in verse 10) and even the reference to “a bride adorned for her husband” as we see in Rev. 21:2 (maybe not just a physical place?).
I almost forgot one of the most important things about the Tree of Life. Notice disobedience to YHVH’s commandments got us barred from it in the beginning of the book (Gen 3:22-24)? Doing the commandments get’s us access to it once again!! Obedience from a heart of love has it’s benefits!!
I love Travis’ comments. Trouble is that being trained in church we were trained if we kept the 10 and led a reasonably ‘good’ life then we are keeping the commands…ignoring the rest of the Torah instructions, and even the correct Sabbath day. But hey, if we changed that command, we can change them all right?
You make a great point. I’ve been pondering writing a piece asking when the definition of ‘commandments’ changed. Seriously, the definition in the Tanakh is ‘all of them.’ See Psalm 119!!! The church assumes the definition in the NT is some abbreviated version, but nowhere is the ‘new definition’ given or defined! The church’s modified definition based on the mythical ‘three-fold division’ is a total non-starter… another ‘tradition of men.’
Just as Yeshua came to straighten out the Pharisees on their traditions in His first visitation, He’s coming to straighten out the theologians in His second. We best get it right because He isn’t coming as a Lamb. He’ll be a LION with a rod of iron!!
As I pondered this verse further, and particularly the difference in wording between manuscripts it occurred to me that the tense of the ‘washing’ of the robes is significant, too. Consider: We are washed (past tense) in the blood of Messiah, but this verse calls us, in the ‘washing’ versions, to ‘wash’ or ‘be washing’ robes… i.e. an ongoing event identical to the present keeping of or doing commandments. More of that faith demonstrated by works…
Here is a note that is interesting too. Borrowed it from esword: (The Scriptures 1998+ translation) “Blessed are those1 doing His commands,2 so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life, and to enter through the gates into the city. Footnotes: 1See Mt. 19:17. 2Long before the books were compiled to form “The New Testament,” Rev. 22:14 was quoted, as it is here given, by Tertullian (CE 208), and by Cyprian (CE 251) – see the well-known Antenicene Fathers.”