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Regarding Rev.22:1 "pure river of life"

Who or What is the pure river of life

Heart work will reveal itself in actions. Those who appreciate truth and righteousness will show their zeal by their efforts to give the light to others. Paul said to Timothy, “Take heed to thyself and to the doctrine.” [1 Timothy 4:16.] Those who are chosen vessels must reflect the character of Christ. Through these THE GRACE of CHRIST FLOWS in rich, pure streams FROM the river of the water of life, enabling them to bless all with whom they come in contact. 12 Lt Ms 89, 1897.10

Some seem to feel that they must be on probation, and must prove to the Lord that they are reformed, before they can claim His blessing. But they may claim the blessing of God even now. They must have HIS GRACE, the SPIRIT of CHRIST, to help their infirmities, or they cannot resist evil. (SC 52.2)

Let us continue to consider the "pure river of life" from the following Scriptures:

{Psa 36:8 KJV} They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

{Psa 36:9 KJV} For with thee [is] the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

{Jhn 4:14 KJV} But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

{Jhn 7:38 KJV} "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."

All who believe on Him will have their own needs supplied and will receive rivers of spiritual blessing that will flow out from them to others. All through the OT it was taught that those who accepted the Messiah would be helped themselves and would be channels of blessing to others (e.g. Isa. 55:1-2;10-13). The expression “out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” means out of the person’s inward parts or inner life would flow streams of help to others. “No one can be indwelt by the Spirit of God and keep that Spirit to himself. Where the Spirit is, He flows forth; if there is no flowing forth, He is not there.”

{Rev 7:13 KJV} And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

{Rev 7:14 KJV} And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

{Rev 7:15 KJV} Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

{Rev 7:16 KJV} They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

{Rev 7:17 KJV} For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

{Rev 22:2 KJV} In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.

From the above Scriptures, we are now ready to give an answer to the opening question:

A "pure river of water of life" represents God's grace and gift of everlasting life and God's ceaseless provision to enjoying perpetual health and His storehouse of blessings.

The following are bonus SOP references that help identify and enhance phrases like the one in the beginning of this study, "His Grace, the Spirit of Christ."

"All who consecrate body, soul, and spirit to His service will be constantly receiving a new endowment of physical, mental, and spiritual power. The inexhaustible supplies of heaven are at their command. CHRIST GIVES them THE BREATH of HIS OWN SPIRIT, THE LIFE of HIS OWN LIFE." (MH 159.4)

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (2Cor. 3:17)

“The HOLY SPIRIT is the SPIRIT of CHRIST; it is His representative.” — (Ellen G. White, 13MR 313.3, 1895)

“CHRIST has left HIS HOLY SPIRIT to be HIS representative in the world,” — (Ellen G. White, Lt84, October 22, 1895)

“The HOLY SPIRIT is the SPIRIT of CHRIST, which is sent to all men to give them sufficiency,” — (E.G. White, 14MR 84.3)

“We want the HOLY SPIRIT, which is JESUS CHRIST.” — (Ellen G. White, Lt66, April 10, 1894)

This Scripture has been given me for you. Read it carefully, as you never read it before. It is full of instruction. Christ dwelling in our hearts by faith means the contemplation of Christ, beholding Christ, ever cherishing the dear Saviour as our very best and honored Friend, so that we would not in any action grieve and offend Him. We have always this promise to comfort and help us, “For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” [Verse 8.] (11Lt Ms 40, 1896.1)

"Finally, we know the Divine unity of the Father and the Son from the fact that both have the same Spirit". Paul, after saying that they are in the flesh cannot please God, continues: “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you, now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” Romans 8:9. Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ. Christ “is in the bosom of the Father;” being by nature of the very substance of God, and having life in Himself, He is properly called Jehovah, the self-existent One, and is thus styled in Jeremiah 23:56, where it is said that the righteous Branch, who shall execute judgment and justice in the earth, shall be known by the name of Jehovah-tsidkenu-THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
(PTUK -Jan.9, 1896. p.19.1) Vol.12

Since the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father and Son, who do we have in us by the Holy Spirit? The Father and Son!

“BY the SPIRIT the FATHER and the SON will come and make their abode with you.” — (Ellen G. White, The Bible Echo, January 15, 1893)

So why is the Holy Spirit both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ?

Because Christ inherited everything from His Father including His life. “For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself.” John 5:26

As Ellen White said, “All things Christ received from God, but He took to give.” — (Ellen G. White, Desire of Ages, p. 21)

And so God gave not only His self-existent LIFE but also HIS SPIRIT as the Father gave “all things” to His Son.

“The Father gave HIS Spirit without measure to HIS Son,” — (Ellen G. White, RH, November 5, 1908)

“They have ONE God and ONE Saviour; and ONE Spirit--the Spirit of Christ--is to bring unity into their ranks.” — (Ellen G. White, 9T 189.3, 1909)

And so the Father and Son are one in Spirit and share the same Spirit.

“They were two, yet little short of being identical; two in individuality, yet one in spirit, and heart, and character.” — (Ellen G. White, Youth's Instructor, December 16, 1897)

The Holy Spirit is therefore not another being but the very presence of God Himself coming to us through His Son.

{Mat 10:20 KJV} For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

“In giving us HIS Spirit, God gives us HIMSELF,” — (Ellen G. White, 7T 273.1, 1902)

So as Ellen White said, the Spirit of God comes to us through His only begotten Son and why the Holy Spirit can rightfully be called the Spirit of Christ.

“The Holy Spirit, which proceeds from the only begotten Son of God,” — (Ellen G. White, RH, April 5, 1906)

And since the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God coming to us through His Son, this means that the Comforter is also Christ by His Spirit as Ellen White states many times. Below is one of many examples proving this.

“This refers to the omnipresence of the SPIRIT of CHRIST, called the COMFORTER.” — (Ellen G. White, 14MR 179.2)

Speaking of the Comforter, Jesus said, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:18

The Trinitarians and anyone else that twist the Scriptures and add to or take away from the Scriptures, perfectly fits what ELLEN G. WHITE, Messenger to the Remnant, said about how the Bible gets fiddled with:
“I saw that God had especially guarded the Bible; YET when copies of it WERE FEW, learned men had in some instances CHANGED THE WORDS, thinking that they were making it more plain, WHEN IN REALITY THEY WERE MYSTIFYING THAT WHICH WAS PLAIN, BY CAUSING IT TO LEAN TO THEIR ESTABLISHED VIEWS, WHICH WERE GOVERNED BY TRADITION.” - Early Writings, 220.2 (1882).

I entreat every one to be clear and firm regarding the certain truths that we have received and heard and advocated. The statements of God’s Word are plain. Plant your feet firmly on the platform of eternal truth. Reject every phase of error, even though it be covered with a semblance of reality, which denies the personality of God or of Christ. (Lt Ms 124, 1905.12)

Revelation 22:19 KJVS

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

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