A City Upon a Mountain: New Jerusalem

New Jerusalem shines with the glory of GodFirst John 1:5 declares, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” First Thessalonians 5:5 says, “For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.” We are sons of God, sons of light, because we have been born of God who is light.

First Thessalonians refers to each of us individually because of the word “sons.” Matthew 5:14-16 refers to us collectively saying, “You are the light of the world. It is impossible for a city situated upon a mountain to be hidden….let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in the heavens.”

Our light in Matthew 5 is from our heavenly Father, indicating that we have been born of Him and possess His life. When we live by this life (Galatians 2:20; Philippians 1:21), our light shines, others see the good works of our proper living, and glorify our Father. (If the good works come out of our own living, apart from the indwelling Christ, then people are likely to glorify us instead of the Father.)

Our collective shining in Matthew 5 is described as “a city situated upon a mountain.” To me this seems to be a forerunner of New Jerusalem. New Jerusalem is a city (Revelation 21:2, 10) and the dimensions of New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:15-16) suggest that it is like a mountain. In Matthew 5 we shine because we have been born of God and He is in us as the source of our shining. In Revelation 21:10-11 New Jerusalem shines because the city is the dwelling place of God and His glory fills the city (v. 23).

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  1. Praise the Lord!!


  2. Amen! I agree, brother, the city in Matthew is consummated in the New Jerusalem. The light consummates in the city of light. Life consummates in the city of life. We as children of light will become the city of light with God in Christ (as the lamb-lamp) shining out through us (the green-jasper-transparent walls of the city) to the whole inhabited earth!


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