God Shines through New Jerusalem

New Jerusalem

Revelation 21 and 22 give us a description of New Jerusalem.

Revelation 21:23 says, “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.” Christ is the city’s lamp with God as the light in Him. Christ, the Lamb, is the lamp, and in Him is God as the light. Here we see the Lamb as the One who holds God within Him as light because the Lamb is the lamp, and God is the light in the lamp. This indicates that Christ as the overcoming Redeemer holds God within Him. This is the ultimate consummation of the Lamb.°

In 1 John 1:5 we read that “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” Because God in Christ is the light of New Jerusalem, in New Jerusalem there is no darkness. Nothing in the city is opaque or cloudy. Everything about New Jerusalem is pure, clear, and transparent. Therefore, God’s shining touches and shines through every part of the city.

Revelation 21:21 says, “the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” The Greek adjective translated “transparent,” which is used only here in the New Testament, is related to a verb meaning “to shine through.” Everything about New Jerusalem is transparent. Therefore, God’s shining reaches, touches, and shines through every part of the city.

° This is an excerpt from the volumes Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ by Witness Lee, © LSM. See message 431 in online reading.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Land Management.


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