TEXT: Revelation 21:23-27
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.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
The Free State of Glory (Part 19)
Although the New Jerusalem will have walls and gates, John tells us that the “gates of it shall not be shut at all by day.” This notation emphasizes the fact that there will be no threats that the city need guard against. In the walled cities of Biblical times, the gates would be shut at night to protect against invaders. The whole concept of a walled city was implemented for the purpose of protection. Many people worked outside the city walls, but at night they would come inside the walls. Many even lived outside the city, but during a war, they would come inside in order to take advantage of the protection that the walls provided. However, since there will be no enemies to protect against and “no night” in the city either, there is no need for the gates of the New Jerusalem to be shut. The prophecy of Isaiah will be fulfilled: “Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.”
In the New Jerusalem, all creation will be in harmony with itself and with God. Not only will there not be any war, but there won’t be murder, violence, hatred, or disease. John continues, “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie.” Sin defiles, and sinful people defile. There are many beautiful cities in this world, but it is the people who live therein who defile those cities and make them ugly. We have police forces and military in order to keep peace and order in society, but in Heaven, they won’t be needed.
The only people who will enter the New Jerusalem are those whose names “are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Matthew Henry said, “In the earthly Jerusalem there will be a mixed communion, after all the care that can be taken. Some roots of bitterness will spring up to trouble and defile Christian societies; but in the new Jerusalem there is a society perfectly pure. This society is free from such as are openly profane. In the churches on earth sometimes abominable things are done, solemn ordinances profaned and prostituted to men openly vicious, for worldly ends; but no such abominations can have place in heaven. This city is also free from hypocrites, such as make lies, and those who say they are Christians, and are not. These will creep into the churches of Christ on earth, and may lie concealed there a long time; but they cannot intrude into the new Jerusalem, which is wholly reserved for those that are called, and chosen, and faithful, who are all written, not only in the register of the visible church, but in the Lamb’s book of life.”
These are the souls who have been washed and cleansed of their sins. They have been made new. They are no longer at enmity with their fellow man. They have no desire to harm others or to do evil. They are content to live in the light of God’s glory and grace in His New Jerusalem.
Ernest Stoneman wrote:
I am now a child of God, I’ve been washed in Jesus’ blood
I am watching and I’m longing while I wait
Soon on wings of love I’ll fly, to a home beyond the sky
To my welcome, I’ll go sweeping through the gates
Oh, the blessed Lord of light, now upholds me by His might
And his arms enfold and comfort while I wait
I am leaning on His breast, oh the sweetness of this rest
Hallelujah, I’ll go sweeping through the gates
I’ll go sweeping through the gates, where the blessed for me wait
Where the weary workers rest forever more
When the strife on earth is done, and the crown of life is won
Oh the glory of that city just before
Christ will burst these prison bars, and I’ll soar beyond the stars
To my Father’s house, the bright and blessed estate
When the morn eternal breaks, and the song immortal wakes
Washed in His blood, I’ll sweep on through the gates
If you want to sweep through the open gates of the New Jerusalem and join the multitude of God’s people who will walk in the light of this beautiful city, 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.