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The Joy of the Saints

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"The Lamb is the light thereof."—Revelation 21:23.

Quietly contemplate the Lamb as the light of heaven. Light in Scripture is the emblem of joy. The joy of the saints in heaven is comprised in this: Jesus chose us, loved us, bought us, cleansed us, robed us, kept us, glorified us: we are here entirely through the Lord Jesus.

Each one of these thoughts shall be to them like a cluster of the grapes of Eshcol. Light is also the cause of beauty. Nought of beauty is left when light is gone. Without light no radiance flashes from the sapphire, no peaceful ray proceedeth from the pearl; and thus all the beauty of the saints above comes from Jesus. As planets, they reflect the light of the Sun of Righteousness; they live as beams proceeding from the central orb. If He withdrew, they must die; if His glory were veiled, their glory must expire.

Light is also the emblem of knowledge. In heaven our knowledge will be perfect, but the Lord Jesus Himself will be the fountain of it. Dark providences, never understood before, will then be clearly seen, and all that puzzles us now will become plain to us in the light of the Lamb. Oh! what unfoldings there will be and what glorifying of the God of love!

Light also means manifestation. Light manifests. In this world it doth not yet appear what we shall be. God's people are a hidden people, but when Christ receives His people into heaven, He will touch them with the wand of His own love, and change them into the image of His manifested glory. They were poor and wretched, but what a transformation! They were stained with sin, but one touch of His finger, and they are bright as the sun, and clear as crystal. Oh! what a manifestation!

All this proceeds from the exalted Lamb. Whatever there may be of effulgent splendour, Jesus shall be the centre and soul of it all. Oh! to be present and to see Him in His own light, the King of kings, and Lord of lords!

Charles Spurgeon
 
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you and me are the infinite delight of God,to whom the LIGHT has come, so He can gaze upon us
 
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Altogether too many are satisfied in the darkness and even move toward it or into it:

"Thou makest darkness and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth" Psalm 104:20

But the Light before needs to grow brighter before us each day we walk with Him to enter His City:

"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
 
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@amadeus2

In this instance the devotional was to focus on the light and not the dark that is inherent to this world and those lacking the true light which is Jesus in their lives.

His mentioning of "dark providences" was to suggest that even in this we lack current knowledge of and yet we will one day understand even this in light of our Lord Jesus.

Thanks for sharing brother.
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