And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
In the city of New Jerusalem, the wall has twelve gates which control access to this glorious city. In Revelation, this city is symbolic of the place where God’s people can live eternally in the very presence of God. The gates, therefore, represent the way to gain access to this wonderful eternity with God.
We are told that each gate is made of one pearl. Christ used the picture of pearls to represent the precious truths of God’s Word:
- The truths of God should not be waste upon those who willfully, consistently mock, ridicule and scorn the God’s Word and people of God….
Matthew 7:6 – “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”
- The truths of God’s Word are of greater value than anything this world has to offer. We are to sacrifice anything of this world to come to an understanding and application of these truths into his life…
Matthew 13:45-46 – “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”
Why would each gate to the city be made of a pearl? It is through the Word of God (the gospel message of Christ and His work) that we can gain access to the glorious eternity with God.
Romans 10:12-18 – “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.”
It is only fitting that the gates to this city be symbolized by a precious, beautiful pearl that is greatly sought by men and held in high esteem by those who understand its great value.
May we all take the message of God’s Word, seriously by applying it to our lives and sharing this precious gift with others around us!
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