WHOSOEVER Andy Hollifield 2-24-17
Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And WHOSOEVER WILL, let him take the water of life freely.
“Whosoever will” is a phrase that is used 13 times in scripture including twice in the Old Testament. The word “whosoever” is used 183 times. The dictionary.com definition is real deep. It says; whoever and whatever person. That’s real theological and profound ain’t it? It doesn’t take a bible scholar or a rocket scientist to figure that one out does it? Most of the times the word whosoever appears, it is referring to some type of judgement. There are a few where it is used with promise of blessing.
Matthew 10:32 “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” Another one is in verse 42; “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” Matthew 18:4 “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Mark 3:35 “For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.” Mark 8:34 “…Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” John 3:15-16 “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 4:14 “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst…” John 11:26 “And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die…” John 12:46 “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.” Acts 2:21 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 10:43 “…That through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” Acts 13:26 “…whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.” Romans 10:11 “…Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Revelation 22:17 “…whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
I know that is a lot of scripture and I don’t normally like to use so much but I felt it needful to show that “whosoever” has access to in Jesus. There were a lot more scriptures that I didn’t write but these were extra special. They all come with a promise of blessings. I am glad that God is liberal in his love and mercy and longsuffering, but conservative in his anger, wrath, and judgment. He even said in James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” The thing I really want to point out is not so much all the promises but just the fact that there are no pre- qualifications. To sum it up I think the main things are; you have to be alive. That discounts any theology of anyone praying us out of hell doesn’t it? You have to come and humble yourself. You can ask others to pray for you all you want to but unless you pray, you can never be saved. You have to call on him. No one else can call on him for you. It is a personal salvation. And the really big thing is that you have to believe. If you don’t believe in him, there is no use to humble yourself and call on him.
I know I am probably doing a lousy job at getting my point across. Whosoever! It doesn’t matter who you are or who your family is. Doesn’t matter if you have been in church all your life or have never been. You can be the biggest sinner ever known and that doesn’t exclude you from God’s love. You can be the best person around but if you have never accepted Christ as your personal Savior, you will not go to heaven. There is nothing you can do; no great works, financial contributions, or anything else that will merit you God’s divine mercy. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, God will still forgive. It doesn’t matter who you know or how important you are. If you are alive, you are eligible for God’s love. You could be mean like the demonic of Gadara in Mark chapter 5 or as rich as Nicodemus in John chapter 3. You could live as loose as the woman at the well in John 4 who had five ex husbands and was shacked up when she met Jesus. You don’t have to live in the darkness of your life according to John 12.
My point is you are eligible and qualified. Regardless of your lot in life or the situations you might find yourself in, God still loves you. He gave all the promises I listed in the scripture for you. All you have to do is believe in him and repent of your sins and accept him as your Savior and all of this will be yours. If you are reading this and you have been saved, just look at all the promises you get by being a “whosoever”. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!