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The pure river of the Word

From the August 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal

One of the most beautiful illustrations in Scripture appears in the last chapter of Revelation: “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb” ( 22:1 ). Water is referred to numerous times in the Bible as a symbol for the Word of God (see, for example, Isaiah 55:10, 11 ), so this “pure river” is evidently pouring forth from the throne (a representation of God’s all-power) to cleanse and heal us, and further still, to teach us knowledge of the living God and His Christ—and of our inseparable relationship to God as His loved sons and daughters.