Repentance Puts Us on the Path to New Jerusalem

Revelation 21:2 says, “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Preparation of the bride requires our cooperation. Here I begin to consider this cooperation.

The preparation in the New Testament began with John the Baptist. He cried out, “Repent!” John was described by Isaiah as “A voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths” (Matthew 3:2-3, from Isaiah 40:3). In John’s preaching, the first step to prepare the way of the Lord is to repent, to turn our heart to the Lord.

To repent is to make straight the paths of the Lord. Luke 3:5 elaborates from Isaiah 40:4, “Every ravine shall be filled up, and every mountain and hill shall be leveled; and the crooked places shall become a straight way, and the rough ways smooth.” Ravines, mountains, hills, crooked places, and rough ways portray problems in men’s hearts. This is shown in Peter’s words to Simon the magician in Acts 8:21-22, “…your heart is not straight before God. Repent therefore from this wickedness of yours…” Repentance is for the purpose of straightening our heart.

Isaiah 40:5 continues, “Then the glory of Jehovah will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together” The outcome of repentance is the revelation of God’s glory. This began with the incarnation when the Word, the eternal God, became flesh: “we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father” (John 1:14). The consummation of the glory is New Jerusalem. John saw “the bride, the wife of the Lamb….the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God” (Revelation 21:9-11). Hence, our repentance is part of the preparation of the bride, New Jerusalem.

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