Home in the New Jerusalem
ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create
Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. Isa. 65:18.
There is the New Jerusalem, the metropolis of the glorified new earth, "a
crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of
thy God." "Her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like
a jasper stone, clear as crystal." "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." Saith the Lord: "I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and joy in my people." . . .
City of God "there shall be no night." None will need or desire
repose. There will be no weariness in doing the will of God and offering praise
to His name. We shall ever feel the freshness of the morning and shall ever
be far from its close. "And they need no candle, neither light of the
sun; for the Lord God giveth them light." The light of the sun will be
superseded by a radiance which is not painfully dazzling, yet which immeasurably
surpasses the brightness of our noontide. The glory of God and the Lamb floods
the Holy City with unfading light. The redeemed walk in the sunless glory
of perpetual day.
saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple
of it." The people of God are privileged to hold open communion with
the Father and the Son. "Now we see through a glass, darkly." We
behold the image of God reflected, as in a mirror, in the works of nature
and in His dealings with men; but then we shall see Him face to face, without
a dimming veil between. We shall stand in His presence and behold the glory
of His countenance.
shall know even as also we are known. There the loves and sympathies that
God has planted in the soul will find truest and sweetest exercise. The pure
communion with holy beings, the harmonious social life with the blessed angels
and with the faithful ones of all ages, the sacred fellowship that binds together
"the whole family in heaven and earth"--all are among the experiences
of the hereafter.
From Maranatha - Page 357