The Garden to the City – Part 3

That construction site? From the garden? It shows up again, way, way at the end of the Scriptures. Revelation 21, it shows up.

What is it? I’m going to assume that you’ve guessed it, the New Jerusalem. If you look in Revelation 21 and 22:

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names written on them, which are of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. Three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like pure glass. The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
Then he showed me a river of the water of life, bright as crystal, coming from the throne of God and the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Here we see the three things we noted in Genesis 2 again! We see the finished product; the garden is no longer a construction site, but the finished building. The tree of life is present again, the river has returned, and the materials are present as well. The streets are paved in gold, the gates are made of pearl, and the foundation stones are covered in the precious stones.

The continuous nature of these four chapters, Genesis 1 and 2, and Revelation 21 and 22, these chapters are the only four where there is no sin.

Everything between these four chapters is the unfolding of God’s eternal purpose. Between those four chapters, the ingeniousness of God is displayed, his love and mercy shown, and his true intents unveiled.


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