Transformation to Precious Stones for New Jerusalem

Revelation 21:14 says about New Jerusalem, “the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” Verse 21:19 begins, “The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every precious stone.” Then verses 19-20 name twelve different stones, all precious.

The precious stones speak of God’s work of transformation. Every precious stone comes from common elements. A precious stone is a compound of several elements which have been pressed together under intense heat. It is not an entity in its original state; it requires a work of full transformation.*

By regeneration we receive the divine nature. From that time onward we need to be pressed and burned, but do not be frightened. We all appreciate Peter, John, and the other disciples, but most of us little realize how much pressure they experienced. They are no more pieces of clay but precious stones.*

New JerusalemTransformation is presented in Romans 12:2, “be transformed by the renewing of the mind” and 2 Corinthians 3:18, “we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.”

Renewing takes us from the old creation to the new creation and transformation from glory to glory prepares us for the city of glory, New Jerusalem. Be transformed indicates we must cooperate to let the Spirit renew us. This cooperation is by turning our heart to the Lord (2 Cor 3:16) to behold and reflect the glory of the Lord.

* Excerpt from The Vision of God’s Building by Witness Lee, chapter 19, © LSM.


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