The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness
a collaborative work by Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington

Chapter 20 

Revelation

 

1.  How is it that justification and sanctification are described as freedoms?

 

2.  Whether viewing the movie or reading the book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis, I think of the Pevensie children ruling and reigning at Cair Paravel as a picture of redeemed sinners ruling and reigning with Christ.  The Apostle John writes of redeemed sinners becoming part of God’s kingdom.  Who else spoke of the Kingdom of God?  What did He say about it?  When is it? Where is it?  Can I experience it right here, right now?  Is the kingdom of God only for when we are Heaven?

 

3.  Again, with respect to the Kingdom of God, with whom do we enjoy it?  Consider that not only has God set eternity in the heart of man, but He also has set community in it.  When a loved one of yours has died, doesn’t your heart just yearn to see him or her again?

 

4.  Another thing that God has set in the heart of man is to rule.  Note that just like the Pevensie children, we will rule with Christ.  If we are rulers with Him, what do you expect He will have us doing?  Does it involve flying around with wings and playing a harp?

 

5.  According to Revelation 5:1-6, 9-10 how many different kinds of people are there in Heaven?  Regardless of your attitude about world missions, the Kingdom of God will reach into every nook and cranny of the world.  What part are you playing in the advance of the Kingdom?

 

6.  Consider again that God has set community in the heart of man.  How does God bring us into community with Him?  Could we consider what God has done for us as His call to us to “come into unity” with Him?

 

7.  If you are willing to do your own Bible study, I challenge you to read the seven letters to the churches in Revelation 2:1 – 3:21.  Highlight all the times you read the word, “overcome” or words similar to it.  What is promised to those who overcome?  What is declared about those who overcome?  How do they overcome?  Are you one who overcomes?  Would the same promises and declarations be said about those who do not overcome?  Why/why not?  Again, are you one who overcomes?  If not, what do you lack?

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