Now, I was in this flight to South Africa, this advert came up on the screen with the late Nelson Mandela wearing a golden ring on his left finger, and instantly I was reminded of how we have been taught even in my early days of the Christian faith of how the street of heaven is made of pure Gold and the only scripture we relied on for this belief till date is Rev.21:21.
”And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass”.
Instantly, the question came to my mind as quicken by the spirit, can God use a perishable mineral to decorate the imperishable?
If heaven is the eternal state of being, how come God is using the natural to decorate the eternal realm of existence?
One really wonders sometimes what we teach, preach and believe in, in our faith.
So if I may ask, what is Rev 21:21 talking about.
Verse 10 of Rev 21 described for us what the whole chapter is all about….
“And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God”
It is all about the heavenly Jerusalem as opposed to the earthly Jerusalem.
This is fully clarified in Gal. 4:22-26, where the two women of Hagar and Sarah are compared..
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.”
So, this heavenly Jerusalem is simply talking about a people, the New covenant people, Paul will further says…
“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and church of the firstborn” (Heb.12:22-23)
So essentially Rev.21 is not describing something up in the sky but a people redeemed of the Lord, the Lamb’s coming into manifestation on the earth.
What then does the street of God mean?
Again, the answer is found in the scriptures as we compare the Jerusalem of old in the Lamentation of Jeremiah. Look at it;
Lam. 4:1 “How is the gold become dim! How is the most fine gold changed! The stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street;”
What then is he saying, the prophet, was here contrasting the various effects and the wretched circumstances of the Jewish nation then, as compared to when she was in a flourishing state of her affairs in former times.
He first compared her state to the gold, (bhz zahab), which was the native gold from the mine, which, contrary to its glorious nature, has become dimmed, destroyed;
Furthermore that even the fine, the sterling gold, (Mtk kethem,) that which was stamped to make it current, is changed or adulterated, so as to be no longer acceptable. Notice that, two golds were mentioned in the passage.
And all these though, speaks of the temple was actually describing the fallen priests and apostate prophets.
So you see that? It was a people!
And when we talk of ‘The stones of the sanctuary’( vdq ynba abney kodesh), the holy stones; we are there talking about the Jewish godly men, who were even then the living stones of which God built his Church.
Now, what did the Bible called believers today? “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Pet.2:5).
So basically the Bible uses Gold to describe for us the Divine Nature of God. This is so because; the Ark that was made of shittim wood in the Most Holy Place was plated with pure Gold together with the Cherubim on top of the lid of the Ark.
Therefore, man that is redeemed of God is clothed with his Divine Nature and so we read..
“….Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” 2Pet 1:4.
Therefore, when we read of the street of Gold in Rev. 21. We are simply describing the purity of the way and Nature of God that the redeemed man has come to possess and to walk in and with.
Think of it, how could a whole city have just one street?
And what makes up a city?
It is several houses put together.
speaking therefore of the several dwelling places of God that he resides in by the spirit, the believers. Eph2:20-22.
When Jesus said He is THE WAY.. Another way of saying that is, HE IS THE STREET.
He wasn’t talking of a literal street, for A WAY is only descriptive of the direction you follow to get to a destination.
The street of pure Gold therefore is simply the purity of the Divine Nature of God that the Church, the Lamb’s wife has come to possess.
Why? Because when a woman gets married to a man, she changes her surname and takes on the name, identity of the man. It has nothing to do with certain street up in the sky that we are going to be walking on when we gets to heaven. But rather it’s a state of being.
The divine Nature of God now possessed by the redeemed of the lord.
To be continued…
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