Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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The incomparable revelation that John received concerning the end of time was given to him while John was "in the Spirit". This was certainly not the first time that John had ever been "in the Spirit". He probably prayed in the Spirit often, and God just chose this day to give this vision to John while he was in the Spirit. John was probably in the Spirit the day before this "Lord's day", and probably was in the Spirit in the days that followed.
How often are you "in the Spirit"? How many times have we prayed in the Spirit so that not only are our words "in the Spirit" but our spirits are caught up "in the Spirit"? What wonders and answers to prayer await those who will take time from the cares of this life to be "in the Spirit"? Just suppose that on the particular Lord's day when John was "in the Spirit" and was caught up in a vision to heaven, John had decided to work in his garden instead of spending time with God in prayer. What we all would have missed!
May God draw us to Himself so that we draw aside from our mundane duties and offer ourselves as living sacrifices on His altar. . . in the Spirit.