God Shined in our Hearts and God Will Shine in New Jerusalem for His Expression

New Jerusalem

Revelation 21:23 says of 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, and its lamp is the Lamb.”

In the New Jerusalem light refers to God Himself who illuminates the entire city for His expression. God as the divine light, the light of life, is contained in the Lamb as the lamp (Rev. 21:23b). Without the redeeming Christ to contain the divine light, the divine light would “kill” us. With the redeeming Christ as the lamp, however, the divine light does not kill us but rather illumines us. First Timothy 6:16 tells us that God dwells in unapproachable light. In Christ, however, God becomes approachable. Outside of Christ, God’s shining is a killing, but inside of Christ, God’s shining is an illumining. Because the divine light shines through the Redeemer, this light has become lovable and touchable. Through the Lamb, the redeeming One, God’s light becomes an enjoyable shining for His dispensing. Since the day we were saved, we began to enjoy God as the divine light in the redeeming Christ illumining us all the time. Even today we should enjoy God in this way.°

Through incarnation God was embodied in Jesus Christ in order that He could shine into us and through us. Abundant thanks to Jesus Christ for making the shining God approachable, lovable, and touchable.

Second Corinthians 4:6 says, “God…is the One who shined in our hearts to illuminate the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Today God’s shining is in our hearts for us to enjoy and sometimes through our joyous faces for others to see. When New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven the shining will be the same in nature (because the same God will be shining) but so much brighter, so much more constant, and including God’s people through all the ages.

° 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. National Park Service.

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  1. um, why is there a picture of a deer?

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    • The deer has no relation to the subject of the post. I usually pick photos for visual appeal or human interest.
      ps: any suggestion for how to pick photos?

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