The Free State of Glory (Part 16)
TEXT: Revelation 21:22-23
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
— PRAYER —
The Free State of Glory (Part 16)
In our last message, we began looking at some things that will not be found in the New Jerusalem. The first thing John names is the Temple, a central symbol of God’s presence for the Jews since the birth of their nation. He tells us, “I saw no temple therein.” The reason why the Temple is absent from the New Jerusalem is because the entire city will be a Temple for God. His presence will permeate the heavenly city, even the entire universe, the New Heavens and the New Earth.
Here on Earth, we often speak of feeling God’s presence in special places. Some people feel God’s presence more in a physical church building. Some feel God’s presence more when they are out in nature among trees and wildlife. Some say they feel God’s presence most in their prayer closet or in a quiet booth at Starbucks. But, in the New Jerusalem, such places will not exist. God’s presence will be everywhere and we will feel Him everywhere. Henry Alford said, “The inhabitants of the New Jerusalem need no place of worship or sacrifice, the object of all worship being present, and the great sacrifice Himself being there.”
The Bible says that God is “a spirit.” As such, we cannot see Him or perceive Him perfectly with our natural senses. That is why He chose to reveal Himself to humanity in different ways throughout history. To the Jews, He was a cloud and a pillar of fire. The Bible is a revelation of God that we can understand. The God-Man, Jesus Christ, was sent to walk in human form so that we could know who God is and what He is like. The solemness and grandeur of the Temple also served as a revelation of God. But, in the New Jerusalem, we will experience God without any filters or symbols. We will finally see Him face to face. Robert Van Kampen said, “This is evidence that God has indeed created ‘all things new.’ Shadows have been replaced with reality. Instead of God being housed in a building, the building is housed in God.”
Knowing this ought to help us keep in mind that God is everywhere on this Earth — even when we can’t feel Him. He is everywhere we are because, if we are saved, Jesus lives inside of us. This knowledge ought to inspire us to live holy and to do what is right, not just because He is watching us, but because He helps and empowers us to do the right thing. On this Earth, we are His Temple. Let’s act like it as we wait for that day when Temples are no longer needed and Jesus reigns in earth and in heaven.
Fulbert of Chartres, wrote the following hymn:
Triumphant in His glory now
to Christ all power is given;
to Him in one communion bow
all saints in earth and heaven.
While we, His soldiers, praise our King,
His mercy we implore,
within His palace bright to bring
and keep us evermore.
All glory to the Father be,
all glory to the Son,
all glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,
while endless ages run.
If you want to join Jesus Christ in the beautiful New Jerusalem, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.