|There is no temple
here. Why? First, most scholars hold (largely from the
shape of the city and Ezekiel’s Millennial Temple parallel) that this is the
heavenly equivalent of the earthly Holy of Holies. In other words, we then would have
completely unhindered, direct access to God.
|The statement that
“God is its light” deserves some time.
First, remember that John has already told us (1 John 1:5) that God is
light. If we follow Aquinas on this,
that God is his attributes, it would be impossible to be in the presence of
God the Father and not be in the presence of light. But there is more. Christ is the Incarnation; what is physical about God, is in Christ (I
phrase it poorly). So then does it not
make sense that God (the Father) is the city’s light -- as expressed through
Jesus Christ, the Lamb, as its lamp?
|(Smith, with his
orbiting city, interprets verse 24 as making this city the main source of
light on the earth during the Millennium, and beyond).
|Finally, we note
that kings will bring their splendor into this city. Indeed, it is a proper act of worship to
bring your best to Jesus Christ, and
that is what this is. Note the
inclusiveness: “the nations.” The only exclusion is: the sinner.