Translations: Chinese GB Big5


Isaiah 33:24
No one living in Zion will say, "I am ill"; and the sins of those who dwell there will be forgiven.

In great anticipation we await the healing to come which will characterize the New Jerusalem. And in this hope we continue to endure through the trials of this life whether they be physical or spiritual. For in the new Jerusalem "there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Rev 21:4

There are two types of sickeness characteristic of this old order. One is physical sickness and death. We anticipate our ultimate physically healing in the resurrection of the dead, just as Job expressed in the midst of his suffer, "I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;  I myself will see him with my own eyes— I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!" Job 19:25-27

"For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: Death has been swallowed up in victory. (Is 25:8)" 1Cor 15:53,54
But as severe as the experience of sickness and death can be these are but a shadow of spiritual sickness. Spiritual sickness characteristic of the sinful nature is what leads us to sin. And so also sinning leads to spiritual sickness (Romans 1:21-32) If one does not turn to God for healing such sickness leads to a depraved mind and depraved heart. One also become spiritually blind to inferences of truth. Yet of the New Jerusalem it is written that,  "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." Rev 21:27 How does one's behavior become so pure as to be acceptable continually in the presence of God? It is not as if such people had not been sinners, for it is written that those who dwell there will be forgiven. But if they are forgiven they that means that they must have been sinners. What makes them not sinners anymore? God

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