Shine Corporately with the Triune God

New JerusalemIn the first chapter of Revelation the seven churches in Asia are portrayed as seven golden lampstands. John tells us,

I was in spirit on the Lord’s Day and heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, saying, What you see write in a scroll and send it to the seven churches….And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me; and when I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands.  (Revelation 1:10-12)

The Lord Jesus clearly says, “the seven lampstands are the seven churches” (v. 1:20). And in the gospels He told us that a lamp should be placed on a lampstand (e.g. Luke 8:16)

God is light (1 John 1:5) and Jesus is the light of life (John 8:12) and the seven lamps burning before the throne of God are the seven Spirits of God (Revelation 4:5). These verses lead us to say that the churches, the lampstands in Revelation 1, uphold the Triune God as the lamp giving light on the earth.

In Revelation 21:23 we read, “And 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, and its lamp is the Lamb.” Here the lampstand is not identified. But, because the city has a lamp and because the city is pure gold (Revelation 21:18), I infer that the city itself is the lampstand.

The picture in Revelation 1 includes seven churches, seven lampstands. This is because the number seven is related to God’s work in this age. (In contrast, twelve is related to eternal matters.)  Each of the churches have a number of believers who are shining with the indwelling Christ. When this age is closed, the believers in the churches will be in the manifestation of the kingdom which will consummate in New Jerusalem.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

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  1. Beatriz

     /  November 20, 2013

    May the Lord keep shinning on us to make us transparent vessels, able to contain His glory!

    Oh Lord Jesus, we love You!

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  2. Lord Jesus, keep shining on us and in us.

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  3. To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead (Rev. 3:1).

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