City of Light


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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.

And I saw no temple therein:

for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

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.

Revelations 21:21-23

 Pastor gave us a little history lesson during the sermon.  The other thing to note about the scripture is that the gates are open 24/7.  During that time in history, the city gates would be open during the day, and closed at night, for security reasons.  Pastor said that in the New Jerusalem, there is no night.  Anything evil & immoral would not be able to endure the light, which is God Almighty Himself.  The line that struck me the most was that there is no temple in this new city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple.  It’s incomprehensible and awesome.  Ezekiel 48:35 echoes the same when he says, “And the name of the city from that time on will be: The Lord is There”.

Pastor also referenced Matthew 2:11

 On coming to the house,

they saw the child with his mother Mary,

and they bowed down and worshiped him.

Then they opened their treasures and presented him with

gifts of gold and incense and of myrrh.

 This pastor is also an academic, studying the history of Christianity.  Pastor said that at different times in history, different regions of the world were the seat of Christianity, sending out missionaries to disciple other nations.  At one point, modern day Iran was that seat.  Pastor said that when people from other nations enter the new temple, they will bring the best of their cultural products with them, as the Magi from the East did.

 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.

And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

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.

Revelations 21:24-27

BOW is my first experience in blogging, and my writing has undergone an evolution since I started. I use If I Knew Then What I Know Now to think aloud about my Christian walk. When you read it, my hope is that WE (the BOW community & friends) then discuss how to apply God's word into our everyday lives in a practical manner. As Christian lay-theologians, we'll talk about our world, and how we can be in it but not of it. So whatever your thoughts are about what you read, PLEASE share.
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