- When John saw the vision of the New Jerusalem coming down to the new earth, he described it as the tabernacle of God, for God would dwell with people who would have access to the city (Rev. 21:3, 6). There was no temple in this city, for the Lord God almighty and the Lamb were the temple (v. 22). The idea of a temple essentially represents God’s dwelling with and among his people. While sin is in the world and even in worshippers in the world, God’s presence must be veiled and access restricted. but when in the future glorious age all things are made whole, no such restrictions will be needed. God will dwell with his people without a restrictive temple in a new creation where everything will be glorious and beautiful and where people will have access to him. That will be Paradise (David Alan Ross, The Hope of Glory, 189).
- In John 17:24 Jesus prays, “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.” JC Ryle writes, “We do not see Christ now. We read of Him, hear of live, believe in Him, and rest our souls in His finished work. But even the best of us, at our best, walk by faith and not by sight, and our poor halting faith often makes us walk very feebly in the way to heaven. There shall be an end of all this state of things one day. We shall at length see Christ as He is, and know as we have been known. We shall behold Him face to face, and not through a glass darkly. We shall actually be in His presence and company, and go out no more. If faith has been pleasant, much more will sight be; and if hope has been sweet, much more will certainty be. No wonder that when St. Paul has written, ‘We shall ever be with the Lord,’ he adds, ‘Comfort one another with these words’ (1 Thess. iv. 17,18)” (Expository Thoughts Vol 4, pg 197,8).
- We shall therefore be undone, unless we be supported by that consolation which Paul holds out: if our outward man decays, the inward man is renewed from day to day, (2 Cor 4:16) When, therefore, the godly are distressed by various afflictions, when they are pressed hard by the difficulties of their situation, when they suffer hunger, or nakedness, or disease, when they are assailed by reproaches, when it appears as if they would every hour be almost overwhelmed by death, let them unceasingly consider that this is a sowing which, in due time, will yield fruit. Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit (John 12:24). -John Calvin, Commentary of John, 28
- Always the true disciple is becoming more fully a disciple (Leon Morris).
- Why then did Jesus not resist His enemies at last? Why did He not scatter the band of soldiers who came to seize Him, like chaff before the wind? There is but one answer. He was a willing Sufferer in order to procure redemption for a lost and ruined soul. He had undertaken to give His own life as a ransom, that we might live forever, and He laid it down on the cross with all the desires of His heart. He did not bleed and suffer and die because He was vanquished by superior force, and could not help Himself, but because He loved us, and rejoiced to give Himself for us as our Substitute. He did not die because He could not avoid death, but because He was willing with all His heart to make His soul an offering for sin (JC Ryle, Expository Thoughts vol 4, pg 113-4)
- God has an ultimate objective and purpose for [His people] and that is that they might spend eternity with Him in glory. Much that happens to us in this world is to be understood and explained in the light of that fact; an it is as definite as this, according to this man’s argument [Hebrews 12], that God will bring us to that condition, and nothing shall prevent our coming into that condition. Now God has several ways of doing this. One is to give us instruction through the great doctrines and principles that are taught in the Bible. He has given us His Word. He caused men to write these words by the Holy Spirit for our instruction in order that we might be prepared and perfected. But if we become recalcitrant, if we will not learn the lessons that are presented to us positively in the Word, then God, as our Father, with the great end and object in view of perfecting us and preparing us for glory, will adopt other methods. And one of the other methods which He uses is this method of chastisement (Martin Lloyd-Jones, On Spiritual Depression, 236)
- What is the Christian? This is his description (verse 18). ‘But we all’—every one of us as Christians—‘we all with open face (the veil has gone), beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory.’ That is the Christian. He spends his time in looking at Christ, in gazing upon Him. He is so enraptured by the sight of Him that he has forgotten himself. If you were to feel more interest in Christ you would be less interested in yourself. Begin to look at Him, gaze upon Him with this open, unveiled face. And then go on to learn that in His Kingdom what matters is not the length of service but your attitude towards Him, your desire to please Him. On Spiritual Depression, 88
- Read the story of any revival that has ever taken place and you will find that the beginning of it is always the same. One man, or sometimes a number of people, suddenly become alive to the true Christian life, and others begin to pay attention to them. The world outside is stirred and begins to pay attention(Lloyd-Jones, On Spiritual Depression, 108).