Our destiny is out of this world 🙂
The physical description of the new Jerusalem in Revelation 21 gives us a hint of what it will look like in the future. Laid out in a square, it will have walls that are approximately 1500 miles wide, 1500 miles high, and over 200 feet thick.
The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. —Revelation 21:16
The walls will include the following brilliant colors: blue, green, red and white, ruby red, golden bronze, amber/honey, yellow green, violet, purple, sea green and pale green.
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. —Revelation 21:19-21
There will be no sun as the glory of the Lamb will be its light.
And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. —Revelation 21:23
But the thought of living in a world without sin, without crying, without pain, without death, etc., is difficult to comprehend, much less describe. When you add the fact we have this incredible eternity with God GIVEN to us, “without cost” to us (Revelation 21:6), it makes it truly an “indescribable gift!”
Then He said to me, “It is done I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. —Revelation 21:6
The GML regarding God’s looking at the heart, not clothes, was timely. My mom and step-dad are divorced, and last weekend was my dad’s turn with my little brother (13) and sister (12). One Sunday, as they were getting out of the car, my step-dad’s new wife didn’t approve of the shirt my brother was wearing. It said, “make 7-up yours,” but the “make 7” was on the front and “up yours” on the back. So she made him stay in the car during the service. This really hurt his feelings.
I can see them wanting to teach him respect and reverence, but I can’t see preventing him from going to church and learning about Jesus. He’s not even a rebellious kid but very sensitive, loving and willing to learn.
I want to speak to my step-dad (we are very close) and his wife about this, but my mom doesn’t think I should say anything. She thinks it will cause resentment if I talk with them. I know I should “honor my mother and father” so I won’t talk to them, but would it be wrong to have other believers in the Body talk to them? Or is it enough just to pray? What do I say to my brother when he talks to me about this?
There is a big difference between someone, not by choice, wearing old, worn-out clothes versus wearing, by choice, offensive clothing. And your step-father’s wife was correct in not letting him wear it into a church service. Although the advertisement was meant to be funny, it could easily offend people, and we don’t want to be a “stumbling block.”
But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. —1 Corinthians 8:9
But your father is the problem, not his new wife. He has a 13-year-old son who has no clue about the holiness and righteousness of the God of the universe. He has grossly violated Scripture by not teaching his son about God.
You shall teach them (these words – Scripture) diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. —Deuteronomy 6:7
You don’t take your 13-year-old to church “to learn about Jesus.” He should have already spent years teaching him. If he had fulfilled his obligation and duty, this problem would not be there. Therefore, if you were to talk to your step-dad, you should encourage him to invest some quality time in his son’s spiritual side.
However, you are correct in following your mom’s instruction. What she says goes (as long as it doesn’t violate Scripture). And yes, many times in life, “all” you can do is exercise your God-given, direct access to the Throne of God and pray.
As for your future conversations with your brother, his biggest need is Jesus in his heart. Pray for his soul and ask God for the opportunity to share Christ with him.
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