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Revelation 21:22-22:5 “New Jerusalem, the Presence Of God and The Glory Of Eden Restored To Man”

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THE TEXT:

Revelation 21:22-22:5 KJV 

(22)  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
(23)  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
(24)  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
(25)  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
(26)  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
(27)  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
(1)  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.
(2)  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
(3)  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
(4)  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
(5)  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In Revelation 20: John’s attention was placed upon the first phase of the Christian’s eternity with Christ on the New Earth… the period of one thousand years, which has been set aside by the Lord for the judgment and reward of His people.  This was then followed by the event that closes the 1000 year time period, the judgment of Satan and his kingdom (including lost mankind) for their sins and their consignment to the Lake of Fire.

Now, in Revelation 21:-22:, John begins to share with us a wonderful description of new Jerusalem, the eternal dwelling place of the people of God….

  1. Rev 21:1-11 – New Jerusalem on the New Heavens and Earth
  2. Rev 21:12-21 – The Walls and Gates of New Jerusalem
  3. Rev 21:22-22:5 – New Jerusalem, the Glory of Eden restored
  4. Rev 22:6-20 – The Conclusion to the Book of Revelation

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

 

Revelation 21:22-22:5 KJV 

Previously, John received a vision of New Jerusalem (the eternal dwelling place of the Lord and His people), being symbolized as a beautiful, glorious city of God.  Now as John continues to view New Jerusalem, the symbolism as the city is brought to a close emphasizing the very presence of God among His people (21:22-27).

And then, New Jerusalem as the center of God’s eternal presence,  is presented it to John in a different light.  New Jerusalem is now symbolized as the Garden of Eden restored to mankind (22:1-5)….

 

(22)  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.   (23)  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 

John now sees God’s presence presented in two different ways:

 

  1. The lack of a temple for worship

Keep in mind the OT tabernacle / temple was used by the Israelites as the center for the worship of Jehovah.  Their construction and their furnishings all symbolized the person and work of Christ on behalf of His people.   John sees there is no temple.  Why is there no need for a place of worship that reveals Christ to His people?  It is because, in New Jerusalem, He is physically present with them.  He will be the center of their worship.  They will have no need of human symbolism nor a place of worship to communion with Christ.  He will be physically present communing with His people and revealing Himself to them through His presence, workings, and teachings.

 

  1. The lack of the sun and moon

John also sees there will be no need of external light to enlighten our eternal dwelling.   Again, because Christ, who is God, will be physically present with His people, His glory will enlighten our eternity….

Isaiah 60:19-20 KJV – “The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.   Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.” 

Zec  14:6-7 – “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:  But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.”

1 John 1:5-7 KJV – “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.   If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:   But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 

 

In this passage we also see light symbolizing both holiness and the truths of God’s word.   These both apply to this verse:

  1. light symbolizing holiness

Christ is the true source of holiness, His own, the holiness of His people, and the holiness of the new creation.  There will be no need for any other source of holiness in our new world…. He, alone, is the true origin of all the holiness we will experience.

  1. light symbolizing the truths of His Word that are to be applied to our lives

There will be no need for any other source of truth in eternity.  No need for preachers, no need for missionaries, etc.  He will be the supreme, and only, source of all truth that will be presented to us throughout eternity.  (This is the same reason why there will be no need of a tabernacle or temple.) 

Please note: When this verse speaks of “the Lord God Almighty and The Lamb” it is saying that this is the God that is worshipped in the Old Testament (Lord God Almighty) and the New Testament (The Lamb).  There will not be two different Lords present in eternity.  There will just be one Lord present with us in eternity…  Jehovah, who is the Lamb.

John 10:30 KJV – “I and my Father are one.”

1 Corinthians 15:28 KJV – “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” 

Colossians 1:19 KJV – “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell”

Colossians 2:9 KJV – “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

 

(24)  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.   (25)  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.  (26)  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

Those who enter the presence of God’s glory are those who have been delivered from their sins.  Even the kings who are used to the honor and adoration of their citizens will enter New Jerusalem humbly seeking to glorify the Lord alone.   No longer will their positions of authority be recognized, nor selfishly desired, they all will gladly submit and worship the Lord alone.

Continual, eternal access to God’s presence will be possessed by the saved.  His glory will be present eternally, as will the opportunity for us to enter into His presence as we worship and honor Him.    This will be true of all who are saved, which will come from every nation on earth.  You will have the Lord being praised with representatives of every nation on earth being present.

In this context there is no need for the gates to be shut.  The lost will be consigned to the Lake of Fire, the only ones who are present to enter this place will be those who are saved…

Isaiah 60:11-12 KJV – “Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.  For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.” 

 

(27)  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

The opposite principle holds true for the lost.  NONE will be given any access to this eternal dwelling place.  Nothing that will touch this holy place with sin, none that do works that are hated by God, none that deceive and mislead others into error.  No one who is lost will be in this city, only those whose names are found written in God’s listing of those He has chosen to save from eternity past.  This is pictured by the OT lepers who were not given entrance into the camp…

Leviticus 13:46 KJV – “All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.”  (Nums 5:3, Num 12:15) 

Please note: In the last verse we see other proofs of the symbolic nature of the walls, gates, those who enter and those who are kept outside the city.  In this verse, we see the gates not giving access to the lost (symbolic of the lost’s presence in the Lake of Fire and inability to enter the city).   However in the previous verse, we see the gates are pictured as being opened giving access to God’s people at all times.  This seeming contradiction is easily understood when we accept the symbolic nature of the teachings. 

 

John now sees this same eternal dwelling place symbolized as a Garden of eden that has been restored for all mankind to enjoy and thrive throughout eternity… 

(1)  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.   

This vision begins by John seeing “a pure river of water of life” flowing from the throne of God.   Prior to this in Rev 21:6, the Lord Himself uses the title “the fountain of the water of life” to describe the source of spiritual life that He offers to any who would partake of it.   He does this same thing later in Rev 22:17, when He tells us “whosoever desires, let him take of the water of life freely”.

These references help us to understand that “the water of life” is a picture of the work of Christ which, when partaken by lost mankind, will secure eternal life and communion with God on the New Earth…

“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.  The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?  Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”  (John 4:10-14 KJV)

The origin of this water is found in God, His counsels and workings (“proceeding out of the throne”) and is holy and sinless (“pure river of water of life”).  The Garden of Eden had a rivers (Gen 2:10) that gave life to everything in the garden.  This river in the restored Eden is the source of eternal life for all who live in it.

 

(2)  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Just like the Garden of Eden which had a tree of life (Gen 2:9), so too, the restored Eden is symbolized as having a tree of life within it as well.   This symbolically teaches us that those who live in this Eden possess eternal life and will always dwell within it.  Just as Adam and Eve would live forever in the presence of the tree of life (Gen 3:22-24), so too in the eternal Eden access to this tree symbolizes the eternal life possessed by the saints of God.

This tree finds its life in the river of life (Christ’s work that brings salvation to mankind).  In other words, the eternal life that we possess throughout eternity flows through the work of Christ… the same work of Christ that secured salvation from sin is the same work of Christ that secures eternal life to His people.

This tree is said to bear 12 types (manner) of fruits which symbolizes complete supplies for eternal life.  When God works in the heart of His people granting them spiritual life, there is nothing else needed by man.  Not their good works, not church membership nor baptism.   Eternal life is entirely a gift of grace.  Everything necessary is supplied by this tree apart from Man.

Also it is said to yield her fruit every month… eternal life is just that ETERNAL, there are no “breaks” in it, no loosing and regaining it, no weakening and strengthening of it.  There is fruit on the tree to eat every month so that the eternal life is consistently sustained  throughout one’ s life on earth and throughout eternity.

 

The leaves are said to be “for the healing of the nations”.  These leaves supply the complete healing for sin and its results in our lives.  In eternity, all sin will be undone, sin will be totally eradicated from the New Earth and its results totally undone.  This salvation is made available to all races (nations – Greek; ethnos) of mankind.

Isaiah 53:4-6 KJV – “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

 

(3)  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:   (4) And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.  

In this restored Eden, the curse that was felt in the earthly Eden (Gen 3:14-19) will be undone.  A part of this curse was removal from the Garden which restrains man’s personal, intimate fellowship with God.  In the new Garden, we have God, the Lamb, physically present, personally served by His people.  No longer will there be a hindrance in our fellowship with Him.  Because of this renewed intimacy we are told that “they shall see His face”…

Job 33:26 KJV – “He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.”

1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV – “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.”

Psalms 16:9-11 KJV – “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.   Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

The Lord will not leave our bodies in the grave but resurrect and glorify them so that we might be able to enjoy His presence and the pleasures of eternity forevermore!

We are also told that “His name shall be on our foreheads” symbolic of His ownership of us and our position as His servants and worshippers!

 

(5)  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Because the Lord will be personally present in the renewed Garden of Eden (just as He was prior to the casting out of mankind – Gen 3:8), the glory of the Lord will enlighten the entire garden.  Just as the Lord will give His people much greater enlightened spiritual understanding, He will also enlighten His people with the light of His glory both day and night.

Throughout eternity, man will rule over this new creation.  One aspect of the fall of man, was man losing perfect dominion over God’s creation (Gen 1:26-31, 2:19-20, 3:17-19).  In this restored garden, the saints will once again enjoy a complete dominion over creation .  Every creature will perfectly obey him, there will be no weeds, nor the need to labor in this renewed creation of God.

This renewed Garden of Eden is all a part of the undoing of sin and its results upon mankind.  This will all be one of the aspects of our eternity with the Lord…. Truly, all the results of sin will be undone as the Lord graciously remakes this sinful world into a world that is untouched by sin, just like the original Garden of Eden before the fall.

 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this section of Scripture, we come face to face with the undoing of sin through the work of Christ.

1 John 2:16-17 KJV – “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Through Christ and his gracious work on our behalf we can know that, although this world (that is filled with sin and its results) will pass away, we are assured of an wonderful eternity with Him.  How wonderful it is to know that our Lord is so great He was able to defeat sin and all of the results that sin has brought into our world (Col 2:13-15).

 

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

What was once a world filled with sins and reeling from the results of sin, will someday be renovated and made perfect once again…

Romans 8:21-25 KJV – “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?   But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

2 Peter 3:10-13 KJV – “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.   Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?   Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

 

May we all use these truths to encourage our hearts and seek to remain faithful to Him as we eagerly await our eternal abode with Him…

Hebrews 11:13-16 KJV – “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.   But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “pure gold, as it were transparent glass”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 21:21

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.

 

The street of this symbolic New Jerusalem is said to be made of “pure gold, as it were transparent glass”.  There is no earthly gold that can be purified to the point of becoming as clear as transparent glass, however, symbolically, this holds for us some great truths…

 

  1. The one “street” found in this glorious city pictures for us the way that leads to eternal communion with Christ. in other words, this street is the way to salvation, forgiveness and eternal life.

There is only ONE way to eternal life (the gospel message), and that way leads to Christ.  That is why this city is said to have only one street in it.

 

  1. This street is said to be of ‘pure gold”. The gospel message is a divine message which is precious.  It originates with God and leads us to Him.  This is why it is said to be of gold.

The gospel message is free from deceit, error or sin.  This is why it is described as being pure.

 

  1. The purity of this street’s gold is emphasized as “it were transparent glass.” It is said to be without any dirt or contamination, it is like glass that is absolutely clear.  It has no dirt, chips, cracks, waves or any other defect which would obstruct our view of Christ and His work.

Folks, when we see others who do not see the value of the gospel, when they misunderstand its intent, or ridicule its priceless message, it is not the fault of the gospel.  The reason why the gospel is misunderstood and rejected by men is because of man’s sinfulness and spiritual blindness.

The gospel does nothing to hinder our view of Christ and His work on our behalf, however, man’s sin hardened heart rejects the truth and mocks Christ and all He has done on behalf of His people.

 

Folks, we need to always remember that, apart from the Lord’s gracious intervention, sharing the gospel with the lost is much like ‘talking to a brick wall”.  Without Christ’s working, one hundred percent of the time, the gospel message will be rejected by the lost.

So as we minster to them don’t’ be surprised if they reject our message and misinterpret our motives.  They are blinded by sin and truly unable to see the truth….

John 5:39-40 KJV – “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.   And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”

 

However, through Christ’s intervention in the life of a lost person, the spiritually blind can receive sight, and those who were running from Christ can be drawn to Him…

John 6:44-45 KJV – No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.   It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

 

So, as Christians, who love the lost and seek to see them saved, what are we to do?  Share the gospel message with them and PRAY FOR THEM… before, during, and after our witness to them.   We should never rely upon our own abilities to bring them to Christ, because we all have NO ABILITY to bring them to our Savior.   The only One who can bring the lost to Christ is the Lord Himself, as He intervenes in their lives through His ministry as the Holy Spirit.

He alone can bring them to salvation…. this is why we are to look to Him in faith, seek His face through prayer, and give Him all the praise and honor when we see a lost person come to faith.

It is truly a miracle of God when He softens the sin hardened heart of lost mankind and opens their eyes to the need of salvation and the wondrous work He has done on their behalf.

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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The Pearly Gates…. The Preciousness Of The Gospel Message!

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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.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the twelve gates were twelve pearls”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 21:21

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:

 

  1. 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.”

 

  1. 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!

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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The Beauty of Our Eternal Home….

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“And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;”

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “garnished with all manner of precious stones.”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 21:19

“And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;”

 

John now describes the foundations of the walls of New Jerusalem as being “garnished with all manner of precious stones.”    He then gives a listing of all the differing stones that decorate the foundation.

When we study the stones in detail we see two main teachings:

  1. The faithfulness of the Lord to keep His promises to His people…

The colors of the stones vary greatly reminding us of a rainbow.  The rainbow, was God’s gift to Noah and all mankind as a type of assurance that He would keep His promise to never destroy the world by water again.

Genesis 9:13-16 – “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”

 

 

  1. This glorious city has its foundations in the intercessory work of Christ and is the place of communion and fellowship with Him…

These stones are the same as found in the breastplate worn by the OT priests.  The role of the OT priesthood was intercessory in nature, standing between God and sinful man offering sacrifices that typified the sacrifice of Christ for the sins of His people.    The typical result of the ministry of the priesthood was to bring peace and communion between God and His people.

Hebrews 7:24-27 – “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.” 

Hebrews 9:24 – “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:”

 

As John describes the beautiful symbolism of the precious stones that decorate the foundation of the eternal city of God, may we all understand a far beautiful truth… our eternal dwelling place is given to His people based upon Christ’s faithfulness to His promises and His never-ending intercession for His people.

May we all praise and honor Christ with our lives as we remember his faithfulness to us and the wonderful eternity that awaits us.

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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Our Sinless Eternity Where We See Our Lord Clearly!

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Revelation 21:18 – “And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “pure gold, like unto clear glass.”

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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:

  1. greatly valued or desired (Psa 19:1)
  2. a kingly authority (2 Sam 12:30)
  3. the true God, and false deities (Exo 20:23, 37:2, Isa 60:6-9)
  4. 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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Share The Word Of God With Others On Labor Day!

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The SIH Labor Day Devotionals:

 

The Christian’s Labor Day (Text & Video)

Laboring For Eternity (Text & Video)

 

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Share the need of faithful service for the Christian…

Our Eternity With The Lord… The Gospel Gives Access To A Sinless Eternity!

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Revelation 21:12 – And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

 

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“Laboring For Eternity”

SIH STSTA ICONThe US holiday we commonly call “Labor Day” was “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”   (The History of Labor Day”, US Gvt DOL website – http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm)

 

In times past, Labor Day was commonly referred to as the “working man’s holiday”.  Specifically set aside in appreciation for the hard work of the American citizen (especially members of the Labor Unions).

When we look back at our lives, we can see our lives are filled with labor.  We find ourselves laboring both at the workplace and at home to meet the needs of our families and to be productive citizens in our society.

But this morning I would like us to look at another type of labor that is absolutely necessary for each one of us…. laboring for eternity.   For the next few minutes, we will try to take a quick look at this type of labor and why it is so important for each and every one of us.

 

 

THE SCRIPTURE:

John 6:26-27 KJV…

“Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.”

 

 

THE STUDY:

In our text, the Lord clearly compares two different types of labor… labor for “the meat that perisheth” and labor for “the meat which endureth unto everlasting life”.

The Lord is speaking to those who had expended great effort to accompany him during his earthly ministry.  Perhaps, they had walked many miles just to be with Him as He traveled from city to city.

This sounds like a great thing, right?  To expend great effort to follow our Lord!

 

However, the Lord looked beyond their outward actions and looked at the reason why they were laboring to follow Him.   When the motives in their heart were examined, the nature and value of their outward labors was greatly diminished.

You see, the motives behind their labors were entirely earthly in nature.  The Lord explained to them that “Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.”   In other words, they were going to such great lengths to follow the Lord solely to meet the earthly needs of their flesh.

They were NOT following the Lord because they saw His great miracles, recognized Him as the Messiah (the One sent from God) and then desired to be taught and learn of Him.  No, they simply saw His miracles, recognized He could meet the needs of their flesh, and followed Him for fleshly satisfaction.  All of their effort was expended to simply meet the needs of their flesh…. How sad indeed!

 

Please do not misunderstand, there is nothing wrong with working to meet the needs of our flesh, in actuality, the Lord commands us to do so…

2 Thessalonians 3:12 KJV – “Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.”

1 Timothy 5:8 KJV – “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

 

The issue at hand is one of PRIORITY.  Although it is important, and good, for one to labor to meet the needs of their physical flesh, there is a MUCH MORE important type of labor that is to be done…. Labor that is done to meet our eternal and spiritual needs.

This is what Christ meant when He said, “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life”.  He was not minimizing the need to labor for our fleshly needs, He was simply emphasizing the much greater importance of laboring for our spiritual needs.

The multitudes following Him would have benefited in a much greater way if they were expending the effort to follow Christ with the motive of having their spiritual needs fulfilled.  If they had done this, they would find themselves concentrating on His teachings and lifestyle.  They would have understood that through His teachings and life they could have come to an understanding of their sinful condition, their need of a Savior and the way of salvation through this same Christ.

The same Jesus that supplied their physical needs, was the One that could supply their spiritual needs as well.  Christ revealed the source of their greatly needed spiritual meat when He said “that meat which endureth unto everlasting life which the Son of man shall give unto you:”   This was the reason they should have been following Christ… to receive the spiritual food that would give them everlasting life with Christ.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Why do we follow Christ?

Is it because we know that claiming the name of Christ makes us more popular in our neighborhood?  Do we own a business and know we can increase our volume of customers by claiming we are a Christian?

Are we claiming Christ to please a spouse, other family member, or one we are currently dating?  Perhaps, we are running for a public office and we are hoping to gain the “Christian vote” by outwardly following Christ?

All of these motives, and many others, are ways we can follow Christ to meet our fleshly wants and needs.  Are these the central motives that strengthen us to follow Christ?

 

Or do we see the great need for expending our efforts towards securing everlasting life with Christ above all else?

Are we following Him because we recognize who He is and what He has done for us?

Do we see Him as the One sent by God to be the Saviour of the world?

Are we giving our full attention to Christ, so we can learn of Him, seek His face, recognize our sinful ways, and find deliverance from those sins through repentance and faith in Him and His work on the cross of Calvary?

And then, will we place our energies into sharing this same Christ with others, so that they may find forgiveness of their sins through Him?

 

This is the great choice that Christ has placed before us this Labor Day…

Going forward into the rest of this year and in the years to come, are we going to give first priority in our lives to seeking Christ for our spiritual needs?

Or, will we find ourselves following Christ to simply meet the physical needs of our lives while ignoring the great spiritual, eternal needs that we have?

The decision we make holds eternal consequences for each one of us… may the Lord grant us grace to put first things first and be laboring for “that meat which endureth unto everlasting life which the Son of man shall give unto you:”

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates”

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“And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:”

John, in his vision of the New Jerusalem, sees the dwelling place of God on the New Earth, has a wall with gates in it. Why would this wondrous city have a wall? We are told that it is used to keep out sin (21:27), its effects (21:4), and those who are enslaved by it (21:8).

Why does this city have gates? To give entrance to those whose names are written in the Book of Life (21:27).

Folks, stop and think about the amazing symbolism that is set before us… in these symbols of the wall with gates we find the truth that those who are the People of God will gain entrance to a sinless, eternal existence in the very presence of God Himself. The sinless eternity awaiting the people of God is promised throughout the Holy Word…

Isaiah 35:8 – “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.”

Joel 3:17 – “So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.”

Zechariah 14:20-21 – “In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’S house shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.”

2 Peter 3:13 – “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

What a blessing that will be! To no longer have bodies touched by sin, no longer feel any effects of sin in our lives, no longer be tempted nor be struggling with our sinful desires, no longer being mistreated by those who hate our Lord and all He stands for!

May we all keep our eyes on this glorious future that is awaiting the people of God and know that no matter what we may face in this life, and no matter what effects of sin we might feel, there is coming a day when we all truly be liberated from sin and its effects and jejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Romans 5:1-2 – “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

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Does the glory of God shine from your words and works?

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Revelation 21:10-11

And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

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Revelation 21:12-21 “The Walls And Gates Of New Jerusalem”

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THE TEXT:

 

 

Revelation 21:12-21

 

(12)  And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
(13)  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
(14)  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
(15)  And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
(16)  And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
(17)  And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
(18)  And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
(19)  And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
(20)  The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
(21)  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.

 

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In Revelation 20: John’s attention was placed upon the first phase of the Christian’s eternity with Christ on the New Earth… the period of one thousand years, which has been set aside by the Lord for the judgment and reward of His people.  This was then followed by the event that closes the 1000 year time period, the judgment of Satan and his kingdom (including lost mankind) for their sins and their consignment to the Lake of Fire.

Now, in Revelation 21:-22:, John begins to share with us a wonderful description of new Jerusalem, the eternal dwelling place of the people of God….

  1. Rev 21:1-11 – New Jerusalem on the New Heavens and Earth
  2. Rev 21:12-21 – The Walls and Gates of New Jerusalem
  3. Rev 21:22-22:5 – New Jerusalem, the Glory of Eden restored
  4. Rev 22:6-20 – The Conclusion to the Book of Revelation

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

 

Revelation 21:12-21 

John now begins to share with us a description of the gates and the walls of New Jerusalem… 

(12)  And had a wall great and high, 

John sees a wall large, strong and tall.  They are not used to keep men inside but they are used to control who is given access to the city (Rev 21:27).   These walls separate God’s people from those who are yet in their sins and condemned for an eternity.   They symbolize the security, and sanctity that the Lord’s people will enjoy throughout eternity.

These walls are taken from several passages in the OT, one of which is Isaiah 60:18-21…

Isaiah 60:18-20 – “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.  The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.  Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.” 

In this passage, we see the walls given the name of “salvation” (or deliverance) and their gates given the name “praise” (or to give tribute, to honor).  Why is this?

For the Christian these walls represent the ultimate deliverance that the Lord will grant His people throughout eternity.  it will be not only deliverance from the penalty of sin, but also deliverance from the results and presence of sin.  This wonderful eternal dwelling for God’s people is the place of ultimate security, peace and holiness for the people of God prepared and kept by the power of God.

For the Christian the gates represent the Christian’s praise and tribute of the Lord.  The Christians understand that by His workings and grace alone they are given entrance to their wonderful, eternal home, He is the One that receives all the credit for their entrance into this city…. He alone deserves all their praise.

 

 

and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 

John now begins to describe these gates named “praise”.  In this section of John’s description the number twelve is very prevalent.  The number 12 is the number of eternal perfection. And is representative of God’s people set apart for His use and will share eternity with Him (12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles).   In this vision, 12 helps us to understand that these gates are reserved for the use of the people of God, the complete number of them, that will make up the citizenship of this eternal city (John 6:39):

  1. There are 12 gates which give God’s people access to the city. These gates give access to all of the people of God.
  1. At each gate an angel is present, guarding the door from intruders… much like the cherubim placed at the entrance to Eden to keep it (Gen 3:24).
  1. Each of the 12 gates had one of the names of the 12 tribes of Israel. God’s spiritual nation of Israel, the Israel of God, (those who have believed in Christ) is represented in its entirety by these twelve names…. This shows us that the citizenship of spiritual Israel is given access to this city.  No one who is a spiritual descendant of Abraham (Gals 3:29) will be left out, nor excluded from entrance into these gates.

 

(13)  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 

The twelve gates are evenly distributed… 3 gates on each of the 4 sides of the walls (N,S,E,W).   This helps us to understand that the Lord saves and gives access to this eternal city to people from all parts of the globe.  No nation, race, language or family is excluded.   There can be found saved individuals from every division of mankind.

Keep in mind, Revelation 5:9-10 described the redeemed as being “out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”

 

(14)  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 

The wall had 12 foundations, each one having the names of one the twelve apostles.  The complete number of New Testament saints is represented by the names of the twelve apostles.

Remember each gate had the name of one of the 12 tribes.  When we see this together, we can see that the inhabitants of this city will include all the saints from both the times of the Old Testament and the times of the New Testament.  Also we can see that the ministry of the OT prophets and NT apostles formed the foundation of the gospel message and opened salvation to all of God’s people…

Through the teachings of the apostles, we find the foundation of the new covenant and the gospel message through which all of God’s people gain access to this city.   Through the ministry of the OT saints, we have the many promises of Christ, the OT symbols of Christ recorded and handed down through the generations.  They both worked in harmony to bring God’s people into His spiritual nation of Israel.

This same principle is brought out in Ephesians 2:19-22…

“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” 

 

(15)  And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

The angel possesses a “golden reed”.  The gold is symbolic of divinity and royalty.  This reed is owned by, and proceeds from our Lord, the King of Kings.

In Rev 11:1, we saw that measuring things represents ownership and control.  As the angel measures this city with the reed of God, he is symbolizing that this great heavenly city is owned by God and controlled by God.  All those who are citizens are a part of His spiritual nation, purchased by His blood and under the control of the King of Kings.

 

(16)  And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.

John now tells us the measurements of this city.  It is a perfect cube with its length, width and height all the same length, twelve thousand furlongs (which equals 1380 miles).

The measurement of 12,000 (12 x1000) show us that this city is perfect, holy, sinless (12), and complete (1000). It will be sinless, the perfect size for its inhabitants, needing nothing, going far beyond all of our expectations in every direction, in every nook and cranny of it.

 

(17)  And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. 

The walls of the city were 144 (12 x 12) cubits thick.  Although these walls were measured by the angel, the measurement was performed using the measuring system of man (cubits, furlongs etc.).

 

(18)  And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. 

The wall was made of “jasper” (symbolic of preciousness and purity).  The city was made of “pure gold” (symbolizing that it was the city of our God and our King).   The gold was so “pure” it was clear like glass emphasizing its sinlessness and holiness)

The walls existed to keep, unite  and protect the saved (21:24-26) while it kept out the lost and sin (21:27). 

 

(19)  And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;

(20)  The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

 

The foundations of the wall were decorated with various precious stones, all of which are found on the breastplate of the priests:

 

Stone Color Symbolism References
Jasper Clear, Brown, Red Purity, Communion Ex 28:20
Sapphire Blue StrengthPurity, Communion Song Of Sol  5:14Ex 28 :18
Chalcedony Green, Red, Blue Purity, Communion Ex 28:17
Emerald Light Green Purity, CommunionValue Ex 28:18Ezek 27:16
Sardonyx White, Blue, Red, Brown Purity, CommunionIsraelWorship Ex 28:26Ex 28:91 Chron 29:2
Sardius Yellow, Brown, Red Purity, CommunionGod’s Glory Ex 28:17Rev 4:3
Chrysolite Gold, Copper Purity, CommunionValue Ex 28:19Job 28:19
Beryl Sea Green Purity, CommunionWork of ChristBody of God Ex 28:20Song of Sol 5:14Dan 10:6
Topaz Yellow Purity, CommunionValue Exo 28:17Job 28:19
Chrysoprasus Light Gold, Light Green Purity, CommunionEternal, Permanence Exo 28:18Jer 17:1
Jacinth Blue, Yellow, Red Purity, Communion Exo 28:19
Amethyst Dark Red, Purple Purity, Communion Exo 28:19

 

This helps us to see many different attributes to this Godly city.  Especially, when we realize all of these stones were found on the breastplate of the OT priest (Exo 28: – mostly listed in reverse order?), we can see this great city of God will provide a place of communion, worship, and purity.    It also helps us to see that the intercessory work of Christ is the foundation of our eternity with Him.  Apart from His constant intervention for us, we would be forever condemned.

Also note the variety of colors.  Almost every major color is represented in this combination of stones.  This reminds us of the rainbow which signifies the Lord’s faithfulness to His promises (Gen 9:10-20).  Our hope of dwelling in this wonderful city, and our entire experience of eternity with Christ, is founded upon His promises to us.  His faithfulness to those promises will be declared as we experience our eternal abode with Him.   

 

(21)  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. 

Each of the twelve gates were made of one pearl.

A pearl is representative of:

  1. wisdom – Job 28:18
  2. Truth of Word – Mat 7:6
  3. Good News of Christ – Matt 13:45-46

The way of access to Christ and this eternal abode is found through the gospel of Christ, the truth of the Word, the wisdom of God.

The street of the city (the path of salvation) is made up of pure gold.  Again, we can see the way of salvation is found in the truths of God, His gospel message.  It is sinless, without deception, without corruption and never changes.  This is why the gospel message is perfectly reliable,  pure, and of immense value to mankind.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this section of John’s vision we come face to face with the absolute need of Christ for our future security and peace.  The walls, gates, and foundation of this wonderful dwelling place for the people of God pointed our attention solely to Christ, His work, His truth and His faithfulness.    Because of Christ’s work and His continuing intercession on behalf of His people, He will keep us secure to, and throughout, eternity….

Hebrews 7:24-25 – “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

This vision not only gives us many principles concerning the wondrous eternity we possess through His work and faithfulness to us.  It also gives us many foundational truths about salvation from sins and the way to that leads to salvation.

Please note a quick basic summary of these teachings:

  1. The City pictures our salvation and the resultant eternal security
  2. The Gates picture the gospel message which gives access to that salvation
  3. The Angels guarding the gates are God’s messengers that possess and proclaim gospel
  4. The Foundation represent the Apostles, OT Prophets and Christ, their teachings which make up God’s Word

Folks, as we are reminded of the wonderful eternity that awaits the people of God, let us also be reminded of the importance of the gospel message and its role in securing the salvation of God’s people.  It is only through this salvation that the eternal blessings of the Lord can be received.

May we all seek to live in such a way that Christ, and His glorious gospel message be revealed in each of our lives.  In doing so, we will be sharing with others around us the only way of salvation and entrance into this wonderful eternity!

1 Timothy 6:11-12 – “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Having The Glory Of God”

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And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

 

The glory of God.  We read about it, we talk about it, we hear preaching on it, but what does the Bible mean when it talks about God’s glory?

The glory of God describes different, but related ideas in the Bible:

  1. A literal illumination that radiates from the very presence of God (Revelation 21:23)
  2. Honoring God in our lives through our words, deeds, and thought life (John 11:4)
  3. The perfection of God’s person, attributes, and works (Romans 3:23)

 

Why are these three distinct ideas described as “the glory of God”?

They share one principle in common… each one of the three draw men’s attention to God.  Each one of these is like a spotlight that shines upon an object, bringing it to men’s awareness and concentration…

  1. In the Old Testament and New Testament, when the illuminating glory of the Lord was shown to men, they were in awe as their attention was riveted to the greatness of the Lord being on display in His radiant glory.
  1. When our lives honor the Lord and tell others about Him, it attracts men’s attention to Him. They think about Him, see Him illustrated in our lives, and recognize His presence in our life.
  1. The perfect character and workings of the Lord set the ultimate standard for which mankind is to strive. When we recognize the greatness in His perfection, not only is our attention driven to Him but also to our weaknesses and our great need of Him.

 

Folks, this is one of the key ideas behind God’s glory that is carried throughout the Scriptures.  However the glory of the Lord is manifested, whether by illumination, the testimony of His people, or a recognition of His greatness… our attention is drawn to Him.  This then, leads us to see His greatness more clearly and have a better understanding of our weaknesses and our need of Him.

May we all seek to get a glimpse of His glory, and then seek to share it with others, as we strive to be shining lights pointed at Christ, in the midst of a sin darkened world!

 

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Our Eternal Lord… the beginning and ending of all things!

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Revelation 21:6 – “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.”

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Revelation 21:6 – “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”

 

Here, we see the Lord giving Himself the titles “Alpha and Omega” and “the Beginning and the End”.   These titles reveal the Lord as:

 

  1. The One who has existed from the beginning and will continue to exist through the end of time…

Psalms 90:2 – “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

 

 

  1. The One who has begun all things and the One that will bring this world to an end…

Psalms 102:24-27 – “I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.   Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.   They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:  But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.”

 

 

Folks, this knowledge is a wonderful blessing for each one of us….

Just stop and think the same Lord that brought the world into existence is the same Lord that we now serve.  The same Lord that existed in the Old Testament times, constantly working on behalf of His people, is the same Lord that is now working on our behalf.

Psalms 111:2-4 – “The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.   His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.   He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.”

 

Moreover, the same Lord that gives us promises of eternity with Him will never be defeated, nor go out of existence, He will live eternally.   He will not leave us nor forsake us, as time continues forward, He will forever be by our side protecting us, enabling us, and keeping His promises to us.

Psalms 103:17-18 – “But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;  To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.”

 

Folks may we honor our Lord with our lives today knowing that He is always existent and forever caring for us…. even throughout eternity!

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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Have You Been Made New In Christ?

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Revelation 21:5 – “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I make all things new.”

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Revelation 21:5

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

 

Following John’s glimpse of the new life that Christians will enjoy in eternity, the Lord tells John “Behold, I make all things new”.  This is in direct relation to the new life that Christians will experience throughout eternity.   However, the great change that takes place in the life of a Christian is not limited to our eternal experience.

There is another verse that gives us insight into a new type of life received by the Christian as one of the blessings of Christ’s work on the cross…

2 Corinthians 5:17 says … ““Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”   This verse tells us that we are changed in all aspects of our life (“all things”).

 

There are many, many ways in which our life is changed “in Christ”, actually too many to cover in this devotion.  But there is one outstanding change that touches every area of our life that cannot be overlooked or overemphasized.  It is a change made in our desires.

When we experience a genuine salvation experience, turning from our sins to Christ and accepting Him as our Savior, He becomes the Lord of our lives.  He becomes number one above all else.  Our greatest desire is then pointed to pleasing Him.  Much like the Psalmist that said in Psalm 40:8…“I delight to do thy will, O my God:…” 

This burning desire touches us in every area of our life, as we become “living sacrifices” for Christ which results in no longer being “conformed to this world” but now are“transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:1-2).   Put very simply this means our lives are radically changed, our desires, goals and purpose for living is now to honor and glorify Christ in all we do…

Our actions, reactions, and times of inaction all take place in an effort to show Christ to those who are around us; our words, both public and private, are now spoken with an intent to encourage, strengthen and help others, which reveals Christ’s love; and our dreams and hopes are no longer centered on the things of this world but are now centered upon things above, the eternity that awaits us in Christ.

 

Truly, when Christ becomes our Lord and our desires become pointed towards Him, every aspect of our lives will be radically made “new”.

Are we living a “new” life in Him?   If so, we can be confident we have been saved by His grace and have become a new creature in Christ!

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4fu

We Will Worship Our Lord Eternally in His Very Presence!

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Revelation 21:3 – “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4fD

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