Rev.21:22-27, 22:1-5, The bliss in the New Eden
Rev.21:22-27, 22:1-5, The bliss in the New Eden
22.I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
23.The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
24.The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.
25.On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.
26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.
27.Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
22:1.Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.
4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
Last week‘s Sermon / 21:9-21, 1) New Jerusalem (the saints who are the Lamb's wife), How beautiful!(9-11) 2) New Jerusalem (saints), How perfect & honorable (12-21). See its walls, its gates, its roads, its foundations. Long for the glory of New Jerusalem, let's use it as a complete and diverse jewel.
Today, 21:22-27, 22:1-5, God speaks about the glory of New Jerusalem (Bride of the Lamb, Church) and deep impressions in New Eden
1. New Jerusalem (Lamb's wife, church), How holy and glorious! (vs. 22-27).
v.22, There’s no temple in New Jerusalem. Almighty God and the Lamb are the temple. The excitement of worship is full. Is. 2:2,3. Gather there. 2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. 3 Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
vs.23, New Jerusalem does not need the sun or the moon. Glory of God, there is the Lamb as the lamp.
1 Cor.13:12, The thrill of meeting God. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
vs.24,26, Everyone enters with their own glory (crown). The people of all nations who have been saved by grace enter with their crowns.
v.25, Its gates are always open (protection, safety). There is no night (darkness, that is, no pain, no sorrow, no tiredness, no need for rest).
v.27, Those who cannot enter New Jerusalem: the profane, the detestable, liars. Repent everyone and prepare the heaven!
2. Enjoy the thrill and glory in New Eden (22:1-5)
v.1, there is a river of the water of life(eternal life). *Are we saving water?
v.2, The tree of life on the left and right of the river, 12 kinds of fruit, and leaves for healing all over the world. Eze.47:12, Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” . When the water of life flows, the fruit of salvation (Acts 2:21, And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’) and the fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22,23, 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.) are produced. Poor heart(humility).
v.17, The invitation of the Holy Spirit and the Bride, come, those who hear, those who are thirsty, and those who want, receive the water of life freely. Pain is also a medicine.
* Come and receive the water of life, are you a healer for others?
*Take advantage of great pain. Rev. Rick Warren’s son, Matthew was suicide because his long severe depression. 2Cor.1:4, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Pastor said, “In times of suffering, we should not just waste our time with sighs and lamentations, but we should absorb living water through that suffering and grow spiritually, turning it into pain that comforts and saves others who are suffering from the same suffering. This is how the leaf of my life becomes the healing for all nations.
v.3, there is no curse. A curse came upon the Garden of Eden because of Adam's sin. But there is no curse in New Jerusalem. Through Christ, our sin problem has been solved, and there is no longer God's wrath against sin.
Heaven is a place of bliss. 1) Serving God Himself. v3. 2) Seeing His Face(face to face).v4. 3) to be his (name),v.4. 4) to receive his light, v.5. 5) to reign with him. v. 5.
We will serve God by seeing His face (face to face). The name of God is on our foreheads (God’s possession), and His and the Lamb’s light are lamps, and there is no night, and they all reign.
The glory of the holy city, New Jerusalem, is eternal. Our members will live there for eternity, enjoying the fullness of joy and grace day by day. Let's hope for this eternal kingdom of heaven, and no matter what happens in this world like a wilderness, don't be discouraged, don't be surprised, don't get discouraged, let's be victorious and live as witnesses of the gospel. I wish you all the best in this blessed hero. Amen.