Friday in the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Revelation 21:22-26

Real Security

John continues describing this beautiful city.  But now he moves from jewels and pearls to the very essence of beauty itself—God and the Lamb.  We are told that there is no temple in the city, for it has no need of one.  Under the old covenant, the temple was the place where the people of God went to offer sacrifice for sins.  Under the new covenant, the temple is the people of God themselves—the Church—built upon the cornerstone himself—Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:19-22).  In heaven, the temple will be the Lord God Almighty Himself and the Lamb, for we shall finally be with Him and He with us, and we fully in Him and He fully in us, and He shall be the “all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28).  Neither is there need of sun or moon for light since the Father is the light and the Lamb is the lamp.  To be exact, the glory of our God shall shine throughout the holy city, and we shall walk by that light.  We might call that light, “natural light,” not because it comes from nature but because God IS light whereas all other lights are His creation.

Then we find some wonderfully comforting words: “Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there…But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”  Let us call this security.  I read that it is on the second rung of Maslov’s “hierarchy” of human needs.  Of course, he was speaking of matters such as personal health and safety.  But the Christian demands more than that; the Christian wants security from sin and temptation, from anything that draws him away from God.  And this is what heaven affords.  It comes first from our own souls which shall be fully redeemed and unable to sin, for sin begins with the human heart which must be healed and the image of Christ completely made within.  But it also comes of having no corruptible and abominable thing, no detestable and sinful matter around to harm.  And this will be the case even with the gates wide open.  God will have made a final and permanent separation among us, and an unbridgeable chasm fixed between us so that no sinful or evil thing or person will bother us (Luke 16:26).  I suppose we will be “un-temptable” in that glorified state; but still, no one in that city will want anything of that stuff around anyway. 

You see, the holiness of God will permeate every person, every brick, every wall, gate, street, hill, valley—everything within the city.  No detestable thing would want to be there.  We will finally be where we were meant to be, with the One we were meant to be.  And that’s a beautiful thing.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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