Beautiful and Unmovable

New Jerusalem is the heavenly city that will descend from God out of heaven at the beginning of the millennial period; the city is large and exceedingly beautiful. It is what The Bible calls “The City of God.” Jesus tells us this Himself, saying,

"Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name." [Rev 3:12]

Later on in Revelation, John sees a glimpse of The City of God, as it descends from heaven; he says it is “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband,” and he describes it as “having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.” [Rev 21:11] Additionally, he says “the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass, and the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones.” [Rev 21:18b-19] This is the city, out of which “God hath shined” and is “the perfection of beauty;” for “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.” [Rev 21:23]

What a glorious city it must be! In fact, that is just what The Holy Spirit says in Psalms 87:

"The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah." [Psa 87:2-3]

If The LORD Himself speaks glorious things about the city, imagine the beauty of it! Indeed it must be, “the perfection of beauty!” This makes it all the more exciting as we wait for Jesus to return for us, His bride, “for here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come” and in this life we “go from strength to strength, every one [of us] in Zion appeareth before God.” One day soon we will see our King in all His splendor, and we will spend eternity gazing upon His glory within this city, which He has prepared for us and where our citizenship is. Remember that Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you” and also what the writer of Hebrews says,

"But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city." [Heb 11:16]

In another place, The Holy Spirit through the Psalmist writes,

"There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early." [Psa 46:4-5]

Notice the reason the city “shall not be moved.” It is because “God is in the midst of her!” This is identical to how we as individuals can be immoveable. When we put our trust in God alone, and make Him alone our hope, our rock, our salvation, our defense, then we will not be moved. If Jesus Christ is in the center of our lives, we will be immoveable! Jesus is the surest foundation and no one who waits upon The LORD will ever be put to shame. The Bible says,

"They that trust in The LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever." [Psa 125:1]

"My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation: He is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Selah." [Psa 62:5-8]

Just like New Jerusalem is the perfection of beauty because Jesus Christ shines from the midst of it, because God Himself has prepared it and gorgeously adorned it; so too it is in our lives. Our lives are beautiful and gorgeous when they are adorned by Jesus. When they are adorned in “the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” [1 Pe 3:4] What makes us beautiful is Jesus Christ and His character. When we become more like Him we become more beautiful. This occurs when Jesus, like New Jerusalem, is in the midst of us shining brightly. When that happens, we will not be moved, and we will be beautiful. Look at how Jeremiah compares God with the attire of a bride,

"Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number." [Jer 2:32]

We can see that we are to “wear” God upon ourselves as beautiful attire. Let us pray then, as Moses did, “let the beauty of The LORD our God be upon us.” And even as it will be in the latter days, let it be now, that The LORD Jesus would “be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of His people.”

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