The verses all around this passage tell about godliness. Each teaches that theme relying on some aspect of the future to urge men and women on toward good behavior. The next two verses do not diverge from that message.
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. (Revelation 22:14–ESV)
Wash their robes?
When I came to this passage to prepare it for class, I worked through a paragraph or two on people being good. The point I was crafting related to the importance of living well, being righteous. After all, people washing robes was easy to connect to doing good deeds.
Then I came to the second phrase of this verse which added another word: right. The verse says that people who did the washing were given a right to partake of the tree of life. Further, they were able to enter the city by the gates, meaning they were authorized personnel. [Read more…]