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.
Reflection: Today’s passage, the last in our series, is from John the Apostle’s vision of Heaven – the New Jerusalem. A point to be stressed is that nothing and nobody “impure” (i.e., unholy) will ever enter it (v. 27). It is hard to point to any clearer verse in the Bible on the importance of holiness. Heaven itself is a place of perfect holiness.
Question: Do you genuinely look forward to experiencing perfect holiness in Heaven?
Prayer: Father, thank you for John’s vision of Heaven, which is a place of perfect holiness. Help me to continue in my faith, and help me to be holy, as I look forward “to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). Amen.
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