|Home||Tract Library||The Gospel||Audio Sermons||Poetry||Contact Us|
$2.50 per pack of 25
Shipping & Handling not included
|Text of Tract||Below|
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.” (Revelation 21:1-3)
What you just read is a prophetic vision of the apostle John, given to him by Jesus Christ, of the heavenly city descending to the earth after “...the first heaven and earth were passed away.” John’s vision reveals that the apostle Peter’s prophecy of a coming judgment upon earth by God, to cleanse it from sin and the effects of sin, will come to pass and that a new heaven and earth will be made. We read of this judgment in 2 Peter 3:7,10,13. “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works therein shall be burned up. Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
In Revelation 21:1 above, John refers to the heavenly city as the “holy city”. It is holy because God will dwell there and God is supremely holy: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:3) In fact, God is so holy that nothing evil shall ever dwell with Him. “For Thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with Thee.” (Psalm 5:4) But what does this have to do with you? Before we get to the answer, there are a couple of very important things you must understand. First, you must understand the relationship which exists between sin and evil. We are shown this relationship in King David’s confession to God where he equates sin with evil. “Against Thee, Thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight.…” (Psalm 51:4)
Second, you must realize you are a sinner. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8)
Again, what does this have to do with you? Because God is so holy that he cannot dwell with evil, and sin is evil, then nobody will enter the holy city since we are all sinners who have done evil in His sight. God’s dwelling place must be absent of anything that is evil and sin is evil. Therefore, the holy city must be absent of sinful people. If God were to let sinful people enter His dwelling place, we would bring to it all of our sinful thoughts and behaviors which would cause defilement to this heavenly city. If this were the case, God’s city would be just as vile and corrupt as the cities we live in today. God will not allow this to happen as the Holy Scriptures testify, “And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth….” (Revelation 21:27)
In biblical times, many cities had gates which served as an entrance and exit to go in and out of the city. They were usually closed at night as a safety precaution. A gatekeeper or porter was placed at the entrance for the purpose of guarding it in order to keep out enemies and those who were unwanted.
The city of God also has a Gatekeeper to guard its entrance in order to keep out defiled sinners from entering; His name is Jesus Christ. Nobody will enter the dwelling place of God except through Him. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me. I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved….” (John 14:6; 10:9)
Because sin is evil and defiles a person, you must have your sins forgiven and washed away if you are to dwell with God. This is only possible through Jesus Christ. By dying on the cross and rising from the dead, He paid the penalty for your sins. This has opened the entrance way into heaven and is the good news of the gospel: “...that Christ died for our sins...And that He was buried and that He rose again the third day...For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 6:23)
The key to the city is simple faith and trust in the One who died for your sins and who also guards the entrance to the city. Make a decision to turn away from your sins which have defiled you before a holy God, and confess them to Christ. Call out to Him to save you from God’s eternal judgment, and let the Gatekeeper enter into your life as your Lord and Savior. The penalty for rejecting Christ is eternal damnation in the lake of fire, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15) But, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (1 John 1:9; Romans 10:13) If you do this, only then will your sins be forgiven and washed away. Christ will then open the gates to The City of God and grant you entrance into heaven. God will dwell with you and you with God. We pray you call on Christ today and hope to rejoice with you in this heavenly city.