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New Creation

Before the Throne

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.

One of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are arrayed in the white robes, who are they, and where did they come from?” I told him, “My lord, you know.”

Gift of GodBut all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation;

He said to me, “These are those who came out of the great suffering.

Gift of Godnamely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses, and having committed to us the word of reconciliation.

They washed their robes, and made them white in the Lamb’s blood.

We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Therefore they are before the throne of God, they serve him day and night in his temple.

Gift of GodFor him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

He who sits on the throne will spread his tabernacle over them.

Gift of GodWorking together, we entreat also that you do not receive the grace of God in vain, for he says, “At an acceptable time I listened to you. In a day of salvation I helped you.”

They will never be hungry or thirsty any more. The sun won’t beat on them, nor any heat;

Behold, now is the acceptable time. Behold, now is the day of salvation.

for the Lamb who is in the middle of the throne shepherds them

New Creation: Before the Throne

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New Creation: Before the Throne

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Fulfilled in us.

The Old has Gone. The New has Come.

New Heaven & EarthNew CreationThe Before the Throne passage at Revelation 7:13 parallels the New Creation story, with an emphasis on people. It comes right after a scene of a great multitude standing before the throne of God. One of the elders, in Heaven, asks John who are these people, and where did they come from?

Clothed in White

They’re clothed in white robes, like Jesus, the Son of Man whom we just read about. In Revelations, robes represent souls. Their souls are made new. White is a symbol of holiness. Their souls are made holy, like Christ. They are a new creation.

I believe they represent the place prepared for us in heaven, or perhaps, our souls which are already made new in heaven.

Through the Fire

Gift of GodThe elder already knows the answer to the question, which he then reveals. These are those who came out of the great suffering, which is actually the word, “tribulation.” They have been reconciled to God through Christ. Their voice is like the voice of many waters.

It doesn’t say so here, but the truth is they have been brought, “through the fire.” Fire surrounds the middle of eternity. You can read about that in the book of Zechariah.

Washed their Robes

Gift of GodThey’ve washed their robes (souls) and made them white through the blood of Christ. I think the word of Christ also represents the blood of Christ. If his word is within them (us), they (and we) are made new.

There’s a lengthier formula for how this works in Revelation 12:11. We overcome Satan by the blood of Christ, the word of our testimony, and because we don’t love our life when faced with death. Three things. That same formula would seem to hold here, as he has placed in us his word, which becomes our words.

Throne of God

Therefore they stand before the throne, as ambassadors for Christ. Now, I don’t recall seeing myself standing before the throne of God, in heaven. But, that is not his only throne.

The book of Revelation says, “The Kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of Christ.” His throne exists here as well.

There’s a great parallel in the resurrection scene, where the angel descends from heaven, rolls away the stone, and sits upon it: like a throne. On earth. That angel, by the way, shines like the sun (like Christ). And his clothing is as white as snow (like Christ).

Dwell Within Them

Gift of GodThe next part of the Revelation passage mirrors the indwelling promise which we read earlier in the new creation. The one who sits on the throne, Christ, will spread his tabernacleover them,” which words literally mean something, “take up residence in them.”

In him, we become the righteousness of God. Our souls are washed and made new.

Not Lack

Gift of GodHaving received grace, we will never be hungry or thirsty anymore. Nor will the sun beat down on us, nor any heat.

I don’t believe the revelation is speaking of earthly hunger and thirst, nor earthly heat. It’s speaking of spiritual hunger and thirst, and spiritual heat.

The point is we shall not lack. We shall not fall short in the time of judgment. Christ brings us through the fire.

Now is the Time

The passage ends with Christ, the lamb, standing in the middle of the throne, shepherding us. Today, as in right now.

The Son of Man passage I shared earlier began with Christ standing in the middle of the seven churches. It ends, here, in the same place it began, in the middle.

Fulfillment in Us

I love this passage because it shows the fulfillment of God’s promises to us, and in us. It’s not a far off promise. It’s a done deal.

It shows souls who are in heaven, which I believe are our souls. But, the revelation also seems to have a place here on earth, before the throne.

End of the World

I began saying that some (many) think the book of Revelation describes the end of the world. I said I no longer thought that to be the case. Now that I look at it more closely, I think it’s even more complex than I realized.

With Christ, the old is gone, passed away. The new has come, like a white robe. Jesus promises a new beginning, for us, right now.

So, in once sense, Revelations really does represent the end of one world, and the beginning of another. One that will last forever.

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