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God's New Paradise (26 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
INTRODUCTION: In our last lesson, we studied chapter 21, where John describes for us the beauty of that heavenly city, New Jerusalem. He compares her beauty to that of a "bride adorned for her husband" (21:2).
Think about what awaits the saints of God. Here is a city with streets of gold, walls that are built with foundation stones of Jasper, onyx, beryl, emerald, and sapphire and others--12 in all. There are 12 gates to the city, each gate made of pearl. The size of the city is enormous. It is built foursquare, stretching 1,500 miles in each direction.
What makes this city so special is not that it is made of gold and precious stones, but rather that it is illuminated by the Light of the Lamb. John said, "And 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).
Tonight, we move into our last chapter, as John continues to describe for us the beauty of what eternity will be like with God. Within the walls of New Jerusalem, there is beauty and life that challenges our imagination. To borrow a verse we have used before, "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him" (I Cor. 2:9).
Consider first of all...
I. THE RIVER OF LIFE (VS. 1)
A. Its Significance (vs. 1a)
1. Notice that this river is called "The River of Life." We are reminded of Jesus' conversation with the woman at the well. He said to her, "Whosoever drinketh of this water (referring to the water from the well) shall thirst again:  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life" (John 4:13-14). The wate ...
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