Weekly Pursuit – Week 2 of June

Jun 9, 2014 by

Weekly Pursuit:

Verse:

Rev. 21:23-24 “And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon that they should shine in it, for the glory of God illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. And the nations will walk by its light; and the kings of the earth bring their glory into it.”

Excerpts:

God as the divine light, the light of life, is contained in the Lamb as the lamp (Rev. 21:23b). An electrical light always needs a bulb or a lamp to contain it; otherwise, there is the possibility of a person being electrocuted. In the New Jerusalem, the redeeming Lamb is the lamp, and God is within Him as the light. This indicates that without the redeeming Christ to contain the divine light, the divine light would “kill” us. With the redeeming Christ as the lamp, however, the divine light does not kill us; it illumines us. The killing becomes a kind of enlightening through the redemption of Christ. First Timothy 6:16 tells us that God dwells in unapproachable light. In Christ, though, God becomes approachable. Outside of Christ, God’s shining is a kind of killing, but inside of Christ God’s shining is a kind of illumination. Since the day we were saved, we began to enjoy God as the divine light in the redeeming Christ illumining us all the time. Even today we should enjoy God in this way.

According to the principle of the new creation, we have God in us as light. In Him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). When you are fellowshipping with God, you do not need any other light. As long as you have Him He is the very light to you and you do not need any teaching or doctrine. As long as you have the very God who is light to you in your fellowship with Him, there is no need of anything else.

Glory is God expressed. In the New Jerusalem God is light, and His shining is His glory. The shining is the coming out of the light, so when God shines in the city God is expressed in glory, first in Christ and through Christ, and then in the city and through the saints. God is the light, Christ is the containing lamp, and the city’s wall bears the divine light to express God. (God’s New Testament Economy, chap. 43)

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