Revelation 21:18 – “And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.”
John describes the New Jerusalem as “pure gold, like unto clear glass”.
The symbolism that lies behind the gold is very apparent. Biblically, gold is a symbol of:
- greatly valued or desired (Psa 19:1)
- a kingly authority (2 Sam 12:30)
- the true God, and false deities (Exo 20:23, 37:2, Isa 60:6-9)
- indestructibility (Zech 13:9)
Knowing this, it is very easy to see why John saw this eternal city of God symbolized by “pure gold’… It is greatly desired by God’s people; It is ruled over by the Lord, the King of Kings; It is the city of the True God; It will not be destroyed but will exist throughout eternity.
Why would this gold be described as “like unto pure glass”? Pure glass pictures something that can be easily seen through, without cracks, dirt, smoke, or any other material that could obstruct our view. It presents to us the truth that this eternal city is sinless, not touched by the filth of sin, nor will our eyes be spiritually blinded due to sinful flesh.
1 Corinthians 13:12 – “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
May we all praise and honor our Lord the wonderful future that awaits us… we will be able to see Him as He is, because we will no longer be touched by sin. This will all take place in His dwelling place that He reigns over, that will never fade away!
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