The Glory of God Illuminates New Jerusalem


The glory of God, resurrection, illuminates New JerusalemRevelation 21:23 declares that “the city has no need of the sun or of the moon that they should shine in it, for the glory of God illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.” The sun and moon will be present in the new heaven but their light will not be needed in New Jerusalem because the brighter glory of God will illuminate the city.

Glory is God expressed. The first use of the phrase “the glory of God” in the New Testament is in John 11, related to the death and resurrection of Lazarus. Verse 4 says, “But when Jesus heard it [that Lazarus was sick], He said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, in order that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” And verse 40 says, “Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?” Then Jesus called Lazarus out of the tomb and many beheld and believed.

In John 11 the glory of God is manifested in resurrection. Likewise, in Luke 24 Christ suffered and entered into His glory (v. 26) and Christ suffered and rose from the dead (v. 46). Therefore, the glory of God illuminating New Jerusalem is also resurrection illuminating the city. New Jerusalem is not in the natural realm but is full of and shining with resurrection.

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