We See the Face of God and the Lamb (2)

Behold the face of God in New JerusalemRevelation 22:3-4 says that in New Jerusalem, “His slaves will serve Him; and they will see His face.” My prior post was about seeing the face of our Father God in the Lamb, Jesus Christ. That is the fact of our seeing; this post is about the significance of our seeing.

The Greek word translated “face” in Revelation 22 occurs about 60 times in the New Testament. Mostly it is translated “face” but sometimes “person” or “presence.” In some verses “face” indicates the inner feeling of the person.
• Jesus “steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:51)
• “The face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:12)

In other verses “face” shows an interaction of one person with another.
• Peter, applying David’s words in Psalm 16 to Jesus with the Father, says, “You will make me full of gladness with Your presence.” (Acts 2:28)
• Paul said, “I forgive…in the person of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 2:10)
• Christ entered “into heaven itself, to appear now before the face of God for us.” (Hebrews 9:24)

These verses unfold to us that to see the face of God and the Lamb means much more than merely to see an outward appearance. “See His face” in Revelation 22:3 means that we will touch the inner feeling of God and the Lamb, receive something, and have an interaction with this wonderful Three-in-One God. This is another of the blessings we will experience in New Jerusalem.

Image of Hawaii from space, courtesy of European Space Agency.

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