TEXT: Revelation 22:1-7
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
— PRAYER —
The Free State of Glory (Part 24)
Charles Spurgeon said, “It is the chief blessing of heaven, the cream of heaven, the heaven of heaven, that the saints shall there see Jesus.”
From these final two chapters of Revelation, we have been blessed to learn of many of the benefits of Heaven and the New Jerusalem. There, we will be rewarded by God, we will rest in God, we will worship God, and we will serve God. But, one of the sweetest aspects of Heaven is described to us in verse four: “and they shall see his face.”
Can you imagine looking into the face of God? In the Bible, no one since Adam’s Fall could do such a thing. Moses requested it of God, but he was only allowed to see what the Bible describes as God’s backside. The Old Testament writers tell us that no one can look into the face of God and live. In the the same way that our sinfulness cannot exist in God’s presence, God’s holiness cannot exist in the presence of sin — not without consuming the sinner. But, in Heaven, these barriers will be gone forever.
In our resurrection bodies, we will be able to see — physically see — the face of God and live. When Jesus came to Earth, He wrapped Himself in human flesh so that we could behold Him. He needed to show us who God is in a way that we could grasp. But, in Heaven, we will see who God is in a way that our carnal, sin-infested minds could never handle. Our spiritual and mental faculties will be so enlarged and renewed that we will be able to understand God’s work in a way that we have never been able to understand it before. I believe that many of the questions we have — such as why God allows suffering and evil — will be answered. Our minds will no longer be clouded by temporal inhibitions. For “now we see through a glass darkly,” but there, we will see “face to face.”
In the New Jerusalem, we will experience the fullness of God — all of His goodness, love, joy, benevolence, creativity, righteousness, and holiness. We will see it all. No longer will we be strangers to the divine. We will fully partake of the experience of knowing God, walking with Him, and talking with Him as Adam did in the Garden. We will finally be right where God has intended for us to be all along.
The late singer Roby Duke wrote a song titled, “I Shall See God.” He said:
It’s almost as if someone is standing there
I don’t know what I’d give to see the face that seems to stare
I’d give all my life to know His ways
Just how much I know, I dare not say
But, one day soon, I’ll see God.
I’m older, much older now, but I still believe
When all else is gone, the Rock of Ages cleft for me
Is holding something I can’t feel or see
I’ll tarry ’til the day I hear the music of the free
And, one day soon, I shall see God.
As I go the way of all the earth
As I turn to the land of eternal mirth
As I step through the heavenly door
There where time is no more
I shall see God
You too can say, “One day, I shall see God.” If you want to spend eternity in the New Jerusalem, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.