Righteousness Shines in New Jerusalem

Christ, righteousness, shining forthGod is light” (1 John 1:5). God came among us embodied in Jesus Christ, “the light” (John 1:7-9). He came, lived, died, and rose so that the light could get into us (John 11:9-10). When we receive Him, we become “sons of light and sons of the day” (1 Thessalonians 5:5). Now we can “walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).

The One we received is both the life and the light of life (John 14:6; 8:12). When we walk in the light, we walk in Him and He increases in us. His increase in us is our growth in the Christian life.

One description of the coming of Jesus Christ is that He is a sower, sowing Himself as the seed of life into us (Matthew 13). When the Lord returns, He will harvest what He has sown (v. 30, 39).  “Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (v. 43). Three points to consider about this verse:
• We become “the righteous” by first receiving Christ as our righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30) and then by living out Christ as our righteousness (Romans 1:17; 5:17);
• “The kingdom” is a matter of life, into which we are born (John 3:5) and in which we grow to reign in life (Romans 5:17);
• “Father” is the source of life; our righteous living, our reigning in life, and our shining forth are the result of His life entering us (making us “sons of light”) and developing in us.

New Jerusalem is the ultimate manifestation of Matthew 13:43. New Jerusalem has perfect righteousness, the flowing water of life with the fruitful tree of life, and the shining glory of God.

Photo courtesy of NASA.

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  1. Amen! Love this article, very documented and referenced.

    The city of light in Matthew becomes the shining city in Revelation, where righteousness shines! Wow!


  2. i found you here. thanks for the comment on my blog. i’m gonna poke around here. love what i see so far, brother


    • Mike – glad to meet you (and Brandy). As you poke around, I welcome any suggestions for future posts or questions. I will be back to your blog soon.



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