Prepared unto the Glory of New Jerusalem

from http://beovercomers.wordpress.comNew Jerusalem is a city “having the glory of God” (Revelation 21:11).

God will “make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He had before prepared unto glory” (Romans 9:23). God having prepared us unto glory is God having prepared us unto New Jerusalem. God’s “making known the riches of His glory” will first be revealed when the Lord Jesus returns and ultimately in New Jerusalem.

We are earthen vessels but we are also objects of God’s mercy. Because of His mercy we can repent and receive Jesus Christ as our life and our hope of glory. After repenting and receiving, “we have this treasure [Christ] in earthen vessels [us] that the excellency of the power may be of God and not out of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Because Jesus Christ is the effulgence of God’s glory (Hebrews 1:3), this glory is part of the treasure in us. This glory shines out through us to illuminate others (2 Corinthians 4:6). Today this shining is not physical but spiritual. It can be seen by those whose hearts God has prepared and who are willing in response to turn to God.

The shining out of us today is a little foretaste of the shining glory of New Jerusalem. When New Jerusalem is on the new earth, there will be no sin, no death, and no devil. Therefore, there will be no hindrance to seeing the full, bright glory of God. How wonderful that will be!

Thanks to Be Overcomers for the photo, from their post on 2 Cor. 4:7.

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