God’s Glory, Holiness, and Righteousness in New Jerusalem

New JerusalemThe prior posts touched the glory, holiness, and righteousness of God depicted in the garden of Eden and their reality in the redemption of Jesus Christ. These three divine attributes are also seen in New Jerusalem.

Revelation 21:23 tells us 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.” Not only does the glory of God illuminate the city, but this glory has become a feature of the city itself. In Revelation 21:10-11 John says that the angel, “showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God.” The glory of God has infused the entire city.

Revelation 21:2 speaks of “the holy city, New Jerusalem” and verse 10 speaks likewise of “the holy city, Jerusalem.” First Peter 1:16 quotes from Leviticus, “You shall be holy because I am holy.” This command from God is completely fulfilled in New Jerusalem—the entire city is holy by being saturated with the holy God.

Revelation 22:1 presents “a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” Verse 3 says that “the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it [the city]”. In Psalm 89:8 the psalmist begins speaking to God about His greatness. Verse 14a says, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne.” Romans 14:17 tells us that righteousness is an attribute of the kingdom of God; where His throne is, there is the kingdom, and where the kingdom is, there is righteousness.

After the fall of man (Genesis 3), God’s glory, holiness, and righteousness excluded man from the garden of Eden. The redemption accomplished by Jesus Christ removed that exclusion and opened a “new and living way” (Hebrews 10:20) for us to come forward to the holy of holies to be in God’s presence. The consummation of our coming forward is to have these divine attributes in New Jerusalem.

Photo by Dave Bieri, courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. Jesus has given us the same glory, the same love, which the Father gave Him. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. (John 17:22-24) The glory of God and the Father’s love is now within us because of the New Covenant. This glory unifies Christ body of believers and sanctifies us to be God’s holy habitation.


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  2. God’s Holiness and Righteousness in our Christian Life | New Jerusalem – A Biblical View
  3. The Garden of Eden and New Jerusalem | New Jerusalem – A Biblical View

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