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Together, Forever, on the Streets of Gold: City of Gold

 

The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadi (about 1400 miles). Its length and width and height are equal.

He also measured its wall, 144 cubits (about 216 feet) by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement. The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass.

The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.

They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

(Revelation 21:16-27)

 

Historically, gold has been the most valuable store of wealth and the most malleable. It can be hammered so thin that it actually becomes transparent. Gold reflects yellow and red light, allowing green and blue light to pass through its transparency.

 

Perhaps that is a clue to why the New Jerusalem will be made of gold “like clear glass.” Since the glory of God will provide the light for the city, and the Lamb of God will be its light (Revelation 21:23), perhaps the transparency of the golden city is what allows the light of God to shine throughout its gigantic dimensions—a cube 1,400 miles on each side.

 

It is not just the transparency of gold that accounts for it being the substance of the city but its worth. The image of the city as a golden city is another way of saying it is the most valuable place on earth.

 

It is a shame that so many on earth pursue wealth that will pass away, when an eternal city of gold is theirs for the believing. Don’t confuse temporal with eternal value.

 

In the streets of that New Jerusalem above, none shall ever complain that others have too much, or that they themselves have too little.

Thomas Brooks, The Crown and the Glory of Christianity
 

This devotional was written by

Dr. David Jeremiah
Turning Point
San Diego, California

It is provided courtesy of

Dr. David Jeremiah



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You are invited to have a personal relationship with God, your Creator!

To have a personal relationship with God, you must become a follower of Jesus. There is no other way. This decision must be a personal commitment from the heart. No one else can decide for you. This is the most important decision you will make in this life.  This is the way to become a child of God and experience His love and all of His blessings today:

Know that God loves you and desires to have a personal relationship with you.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son...
(John 3:16)
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
(Romans 5:8)
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

(I John 3:1)


    
Admit that you have sinned against God and are separated from Him.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
(Romans 3:23)
There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away... 
there is no one who does good,not even one.
(Romans 3:10-12)
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.
(Isaiah 59:2)
 For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 6:23)

    Believe, Repent, and Receive Jesus Christ as Savior.
He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household."
(Acts 16:30-31)
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,
that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
(Acts 3:19)
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call."
(Acts 2:38-39)

But as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become children of God.
(John 1:12)

   Declare your faith and let others know you have decided to follow Jesus
If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
(Romans 10:9-10)

Pray this prayer of commitment:
     Lord Jesus, I know that you love me. I admit that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness.
I choose to believe that You died to forgive me, to repent of my sin, and to follow you.
Right now, I receive you as my Savior and Lord, and ask you to come into my life forever. 
Thank you for hearing my prayer and giving me eternal life today.
      Amen
 

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is the most important thing you will ever do.
We would like to help you learn more if you have accepted Christ as your personal Savior. 
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