Our Hope is the Glorious New Jerusalem

New JerusalemRevelation 21:23 says about New Jerusalem, “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.” Here it seems that the glory and the city are separate, as a lamp illuminating a room. However, Revelation 21:11 describes New Jerusalem as “having the glory of God.” Here glory is an intrinsic characteristic of the city.

We are not separated from this glory. Rather, Colossians 1:27 speaks of “the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which mystery is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Christ Himself, in us, is our connection with the glory of New Jerusalem.

In human conversation “hope” expresses a desire without certainty. A student might say, I hope I can get an A in this class. A worker might say, I hope my new boss is better than my old one.

In contrast, our hope of glory is secure and certain because this hope is Jesus Christ. Through Him we “we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand and boast because of the hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:2). Since “faith is the substan-tiation of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1), by faith we can boast (or rejoice) in this hope.

Although this is still mysterious, we can boast/rejoice in Christ, boast/rejoice in His living in us, and boast/rejoice in His being our hope of glory. However, we are only earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7), so we should not boast about ourselves.

How wonderful that we have such a hope of glory, such a hope of the glorious New Jerusalem. Praise Him.

A related post by Tom at Holding to Truth: How Christ Becomes Your Hope of Glory

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