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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Revelation 21:1-8

We have here a more general account of the happiness of the church of God in the future state, by which it seems most safe to understand the heavenly state. I. A new world now opens to our view (Rev. 21:1): I saw a new heaven and a new earth; that is, a new universe; for we suppose the world to be made up of heaven and earth. By the new earth we may understand a new state for the bodies of men, as well as a heaven for their souls. This world is not now newly created, but newly opened, and... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Revelation 21:7-8

21:7-8 "He who overcomes will enter into possession of these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowards, the unbelieving, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all the liars--their part is in the lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." The bliss is not to everyone but only to him who remains faithful when everything seeks to seduce him from his loyalty. To such a man God makes the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Revelation 21:8

But the fearful ,.... Not the timorous sheep and lambs of Christ, the dear children of God, who are sometimes of a fearful heart, on account of sin, temptation, and unbelief; but such who are of cowardly spirits, and are not valiant for the truth, but who, through fear of men, either make no profession of Christ and his Gospel, or having made it, drop it, lest they should be exposed to tribulation and persecution; these are they that are afraid of the beast, and live in servile bondage to... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Revelation 21:8

But the fearful - Δειλοις· Those who, for fear of losing life or their property, either refused to receive the Christian religion, though convinced of its truth and importance; or, having received it, in times of persecution fell away, not being willing to risk their lives. And unbelieving - Those who resist against full evidence. And sinners, και ἁμαρτωλοις , is added here by about thirty excellent MSS., and is found in the Syrian, Arabic, some of the Slavonic, and in Andreas and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Revelation 21:1-8

The spiritual kingdom. Now , to the eye of the weary seer—and in him to the eye of the weary, suffering Church—there appear new scenes. The darkness is past. The judgments of the Lord upon the evil powers, and upon all who take part with them as antagonists of the good, the pure, and the true, are passed away. And to the comfort of the waiting, faithful ones, who endure "as seeing him who is invisible," the vision of the blessedness of the righteous in the kingdom of their Father is... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Revelation 21:5-8

The new moral creation. "And he said unto me, Write, for these words are true and faithful," etc. Some remarks on the new moral creation were offered in our last homily, and were suggested by the last clause of the fifth verse. The subject now is the one matchless Creator. Who is he that brings into existence on our planet a new order of spiritual things, that creates a new moral heavens and earth? The representation here gives us to understand that he is One who is all-truthful,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Revelation 21:8

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death; but for the fearful, etc. The construction is changed in the middle of the verse. The fearful are those who, through cowardice, have not overcome (cf. Revelation 21:7 ). Abominable; those defiled with abominations (cf. Revelation 17:4 ). And murderers,... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Revelation 21:8

But the fearful - Having stated, in general terms, who they were who would be admitted into that blessed world, he now states explicitly who would not. The “fearful” denote those who had not firmness boldly to maintain their professed principles, or who were afraid to avow themselves as the friends of God in a wicked world. They stand in contrast with those who “overcome,” Revelation 21:7.And unbelieving - Those who have not true faith; avowed infidels; infidels at heart; and all who have not... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Revelation 21:6-8

Revelation 21:6-8. And he “that sat upon the throne” said to me, It is done All that the prophets have spoken is fulfilled. This is the consummation of all things: and now all the promises of God, and the desires of his faithful servants, shall be fully accomplished I am Alpha, &c. Greek, το αλφα , και το ωμεγα , the Alpha and the Omega; the beginning and the end The latter clause explains the former; the everlasting. I will give unto him that is athirst That sincerely and... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Revelation 21:1-8

21:1-22:5 A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTHIn describing the state of things as it will be in eternity, John has to use the language of this world, for he has no other. He has to liken what he sees in the vision to things that his readers can see in the present world, for this is the only world they know. He has to use whatever language and illustrations he can find in an attempt to describe the spiritual quality of life in the eternal state.John’s visions symbolize spiritual realities. They are not... read more

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