What the Bible Teaches - Truth #8
(a) An appreciation of the agape of Christ delivers from egocentric motivation (2 Corinthians 5:14, 15).
(b) God longs to see His people "grow up" out of immature, childish motivation (Ephesians 4:13-15).
(c) A spiritual "babe" is "unskilful in the word of righteousness" (Hebrews 5:12-6:3).
(d) The climax of the plan of salvation is the "marriage of the Lamb" (Revelation 19:7).
(e) It has been delayed only because "His wife [has not yet] made herself ready" (verse 7).
(f) The making "ready" is the experience of righteousness by faith (dikaiosune) which culminates in "the righteousness of saints" (dikaiomata). Imputed righteousness is at last lived out in imparted righteousness (verse 8; Romans 8:4). It is all by faith.
(g) This glorious triumph is parallel to the sealing work as the culmination of the cleansing of the sanctuary (Daniel 8:14; Revelation 7:1-4; 14:1-5, 12).
(h) Satan maintains that it is impossible for fallen man to obey God's law; a people who keep God's law demonstrate the falsehood of his claim (Romans 13:10; Revelation 15:1-4).