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Importing the Glory of Nations

While the New Jerusalem is most likely only to serve as a pattern for our culturative efforts and will not be the result of man’s efforts (being “a city whose architect and builder is God” [Heb. 11:10], having many mansions “prepared” for us by Jesus [John 14:2]) it still is a striking affirmation that our culturative efforts are not misguided or opposed to God’s ideals. Yet one of the most striking things we read in John’s description of the New Jerusalem at the end of Revelation 21 is this, which would appear to have astonishing implications on our understanding of the end of culturative history:

“And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its [the city’s] light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. … And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it” (vv24, 26).

—David Hegeman

Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 by Pastor Jerry Owen