Then will all your people be righteous, and they will possess the land forever.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
When the True Light returns
A READER of this blog posed an interesting question this week. When Jesus returns, and there is the experience of total transparency, truth and the constant light of God’s glory – could there be any possibility of sin.
The immediate answer seems to be a fairly definite ‘no’. When prophecy has passed away because all is revealed, when confusion has been put away and truth and reality is an unveiled experience of all – when we all know God’s will without a shadow of doubt, because in that kind of light there will be no shadows – what room can there be for sin?
Who would want to act independently of God when we have the full experience of God?
However, as humans we have been created with free will – and free will can find ways of expressing itself that are selfish, sometimes hurtful of others, or just us ‘doing our own thing’ which is as close to a base definition of sin as you can get. Assuming we are part of this heaven-come-to-earth picture, we would have the capacity to ‘be naughty’ because as humans we have that capacity.
Back in the beginning times, Lucifer, the morning star, was the favoured angel and leader of worship in heaven who was looked up to – and he liked it. He became ambitious. Worse than that, his ambition made him desire to be like God, and that was what prompted his mighty downfall:
All your pomp has been brought down to the grave,
along with the noise of your harps;
maggots are spread out beneath you, and worms cover you.
How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star [Lucifer], son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”
But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.
Lucifer was in the everlasting and all-pervading brightness of heaven, a place that defines holiness. Yet he went astray. Would it be possible to go astray when Jesus returns?
However, the Bible depicts the New Jerusalem as being a place protected from all such influences:
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendour into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honour of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
So, my answer is that this is a different scenario from an angel throng who became caught up in their own desire for glory. This is about mankind – nations – and those who are already submitted to Jesus. Furthermore, there is fellowship in Jesus among the diversity – the different nations – represented. People who are in right relationship with one another keep one another in right relationship with God:
1 John 1:5-7
God is light; in him there is no darkness at all…if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
At that point the originator of all sin will have been dealt with, finally, and it will be a new, and pure, and shadowless existence – perfect, in fact.