New Jerusalem is the Consummate Glory (6)

New JerusalemThis post concludes the series on New Jerusalem as the consummation of glory. It is also the consummation of everything positive in the Bible.

In Revelation there are many verses which express glory to God and to the Lamb; examples are 4:9, 11; 5:12-13; 7:12; 19:1, 7. Where does this glory to God originate? From God! Glory is an attribute of God, so the Bible has phrases such as “glory of the Father” (Romans 6:4), “glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4), “glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 2:14), “His glory” (1 Peter 4:13; 5:10), and “glory of God” (Revelation 15:8; 19:1).

God is the source of glory. When unbelievers see His mighty acts, some will glorify Him (Revelation 11:13) but others will not (16:9). As believers, we should not only respond to His mighty acts but even more have His glory wrought into us, as in 2 Corinthians 3:18 and 2 Thessalonians 1:12. This inwrought glory, although not physically visible until the Lord returns, should rebound through us with much glory to our God and our Savior.

Revelation 1:5-6 speaks of the Jesus Christ who “released us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be the glory and the might forever and ever.” Here His redemption, the kingdom, priests, and glory are tied together; all will remain together in New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:3; 21:11; 22:5, 3).

Revelation 19:7 says, “Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” The glory to God here is directly tied to the completed preparation of the wife of the Lamb, and this wife is New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:9).

Today the wife is not quite ready, but we can give glory to God that the wife is making herself ready and that New Jerusalem will soon become visible.

 

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