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.
— PRAYER —
The Free State of Glory (Part 18)
John says that the “nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light” of the New Jerusalem. We know that God Himself and the Lamb Jesus Christ are the light of this city. Here we learn more, not about the conditions of the city, but about the citizens of the city.
In this part of the Revelation, we learn that there will be diversity in the New Jerusalem. The word translated as “the nations” is “ethnos.” In Scripture, it is used to describe a tribe, a nation, or a people group. Collectively, it is also used to denote the whole human family. People from every nation and tongue will be gathered around the throne of the Lamb in the New Jerusalem. Here on earth, we often find the ways in which we are different from one another nearly insurmountable, even as Christians. Despite our best efforts, most of our churches are still segregated, and people from different regions of the world often find it difficult to see eye-to-eye. But, in the New Jerusalem, all of these differences will fade away in the radiance of the Lamb.
Although we will be united under the banner of Christ, it appears as though our unique ethnic and racial background will remain. When John looked at the multitude gathered before Jesus’ throne, he was able to distinguish “nations, kindreds, and languages.” Dr. Thomas Constable said, “The most probable explanation seems to be that the nations are groups of believers viewed according to their old creation nationalities, which they will retain in the new creation.“ In light of that, the one quality that binds the people from the nations together in the New Jerusalem is that they are “saved.” No matter what ethnicity or culture they come from, the citizens of the heavenly city are all united by the blood of the Lamb. They are saved from sin, saved from the punishment of sin, and saved from this sin-cursed world. In their glorified state, they “walk in the light” of the New Jerusalem.
The term translated as “walk” refers to one’s conduct or the regulation of one’s behavior; it has to do with how we live. Here on earth, it is a struggle to walk in the light. Temptation besets us on every side. The attraction of the world constantly threatens to draw us astray. We need the constant admonition of one of John’s other writings: “walk in the light as Christ is in the light.” But when we get to Heaven, when we live in the New Jerusalem, our struggle against darkness will be over. We will “walk in the light” of that glorious land, untouched by temptation, sin, and evil for the rest of eternity. We may often feel as though the battles of this earth are too much for us. But if we keep our eyes on what is to come, we can press on, walking in the light now, so that we may do so then.
Laurene Highfield encourages us to do so in her hymn, “Walk in the Light of God”:
Like a lamp unto your feet,
a light from heaven glows,
From the land which needs no sun or moon,
nor ever darkness knows,
And radiant with a living splendor
it makes the way so bright;
You can walk, safely walk
on the upward path of right.
Like a lamp unto your feet,
the holy light-beams shine,
With the brightness of a cloudless sun,
a glory all divine:
Though you must go among briars and brambles,
nothing shall you fear;
Ever walk, safely walk
in the light so white and clear.
Like a lamp unto your feet,
the light makes plain the way,
Turn not aside where shadows linger,
lest afar you stray,
Keep in the path, though it is stony,
never need you fall;
Ever walk, safely walk,
in the light that shines for all.
If you want to join Jesus Christ and the multitude of people who will walk in the light of the beautiful New Jerusalem, 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.