New Jerusalem is Pure Gold

Lord, purify my heartIn Revelation 21:18b and 21b, “the city was pure gold, like clear glass” and “the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” New Jerusalem is characterized by pureness. In contrast, in Revelation 17:4 Babylon the Great is “gilded with gold.”

Pureness and gilding are not only seen in Revelation. Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart” whereas in Matthew 23:27-28 the Lord condemned gilding—outward appearance that did not match the inward condition. Peter speaks about our being purified and loving from a pure heart (1 Peter 1:22). Paul speaks about pursuing spiritual virtues with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22). A clear definition of a pure heart is in note 3 on 1 Timothy 1:5*:

A pure heart is a single heart without mixture, a heart that seeks
only the Lord and takes the Lord as the unique goal.

Lord, save me from gilding. Lord, fill me with Yourself as love that I may seek You alone and take You as my unique goal from today to New Jerusalem.

* in The NT Recovery Version Online, © 1997-2012 by LSM

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  1. Beatriz

     /  August 3, 2012

    To be gold and to be gilded with gold are two different things.
    To be pure gold we need the flow of life and transformation. To be gilded with gold we simply must improve our behavior. 
    In the first case we need Christ, in the second, our own effort.
    The result of transformation is the New Jerusalem, the result of improving our character is the great whore. 
    One is genuine and fulfills God’s economy; the other is fake and just pleases man.
    We decide where to be, by the price we are willing to pay!


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