The Lord and the Lamb

Hello everyone and welcome to Deeper Waters. Tonight we’re going to be continuing our Trinitarian Commentary. We’re wrapping up Revelation 21 tonight which means that we’re going to be moving on to the last chapter of the Bible tomorrow. It’s hard to believe isn’t it. I do ask for your prayers for my Christlikeness. It has been a hard day and I am somewhat anxious, which gets to my first prayer request for my continued Christlikeness. I really have a lot of growth that needs to be done. Second, I ask for your prayers in my financial situation. Things are really tight right now. Finally, I do ask for prayers in a third related area in my life. In this area, I am still seeing a lot of work that needs to be done. For now, let’s go to the text. It’s Revelation 21:22-27.

22I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

The Lord God and the Lamb are doing everything in tandem in this passage. There is no temple for instance. Why? The Lord and the Lamb are the temple. They are the places of worship. The place where everyone goes to meet God is essentially God himself.

The next statement is the glory of God is the light and the Lamb is the lamp. This is quite a revealing statement as the light is that which shines forth and the lamp is that through which the light shines. What is being said is that the Lamb is the one through whom we see the light and the glory of God.

The city will be a place of healing. That is, the work of the kingdom begun in Christ will be manifest in it. It will be a place free of sickness and of sin. No one impure can ever enter into this city. It will be a place open at the same time as the righteous can always move freely in the kingdom and the glory and honor of the nations will come there. This will be a place that exalts God and the Lamb.

Finally, all who are there are in the Lamb’s book of life. It’s interesting to say this because the book of life is seen as that of God. Now we are told that it belongs to the Lamb. The Lamb is in charge in the city along with God. The two work together. The two having the same nature in this case is an inescapable conclusion.

Tomorrow, we begin the final chapter.

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