- Make a list of all that is said not to be found in the perfected kingdom of God. Over against these, set the positive blessing spoken of here. Comparing these blessings with those of the Garden of Eden (Gen. 1:28, 29; 2:8-25), how do they transcend them, and what is their chief glory? Cf. 1 Cor. 15:46; Eph. 1:3.
- Would a non-Christian be able to enter the city (see 21:27), and if he did enter would he find satisfaction in its blessings (cf. Eph. 2:3; 1 Cor. 2:14)? In the light if this, consider the absolute necessity of ‘the blood of the Lamb’ and of regeneration for every man. Cf. John 3:5; Luke 10:20.
Note. 22:1, 2. Some interpret this to mean that there is one broad street that intersects the city, beside which the river flows, with trees on either bank. Others take ‘street’, ‘river’, and ‘tree of life’ as being collective nouns, and picture many streets an streams of the river flowing by them and many trees bearing fruit every month, all being symbolic of the superabundant character of God’s provision.