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"The city had no need of the sun or the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light." -Revelation 21:23
In our present state we look to the sun and moon for light. We even fabricate and manufacture the means for light so we might see and have warmth. Otherwise, darkness surrounds us when the sun is hidden. There are places on our earth that have entire seasons alternating dark and light. Our dependence on the sun for light, warmth and continued life cannot be overstated. In God's new creation there is no need for these celestial bodies. We will be so near to Him that our warmth, our light, will be provided by His very glory. Even as He provides us light and warmth now, we will one day be surrounded by His perfect eternal light.
*This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. -1 John 1:5
"But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple." -Revelation 21:22
There is no need for the ornate religious edifice in God's new kingdom. In the present age we have sought to build mighty and dramatic buildings hoping that they might keep God in our consciousness. The bigger, the better! It's almost as if we are afraid we may forget. We have convinced ourselves that if we can look to a building or some other physical reminder of God, if we can remember Him in our thoughts, then He will remember to be near to us. But, Christ promised that He would never leave or forsake us. That promise was never contingent on us. The fact is, God dwells within the believer presently by His Holy Spirit and it is glorious to know that He will be with us in His kingdom as our eternal and most perfect place of worship.
"Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." -Revelation 21:14
Why are Christ's apostles memorialized as such? They were men of suffering, men condemned, the offscouring of all creation, a spectacle to men and angels in their dogged tenacity.* They stood on the foundation of Christ's glorious resurrection. It was that Event that transformed cowards into steadfast preachers. They boldly declared that truth and the good news of mankind's redemption through Christ's blood. Their accounts of Christ's life, the gospels, became the foundation of the Church - Christ's bride. Their doctrine has withstood the test of time and will stand until the Lord returns. Their foundation is everlasting.
*1 Corinthians 4:9-13
Anthony is the Pastor of Living Water Christian Fellowship.