The City of God is the city of Light. There are no veils or mysteries here. Nothing is hidden any longer. Everything is open and undisclosed.
Did you see that everything in this city seems to be transparent? The river is clear as crystal. Who would expect to find that in the city? Both the city and the street are of pure gold—but like transparent glass. The wall is jasper (possibly diamond) but crystal clear. The gates are pearl. (I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re transparent, but no matter, because they’re always open.)
Is it that the materials of this city—the gold, the gems, the precious stones—are so different or is it rather that everything in this city is seen in a different light? “And the city has no need of the sun or the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. And the nations shall walk by its light” (21:23-24).
The most frequently heard words in the City of God, may be, “Aah, I see.” Because we will see through things there. Things that we never saw through here will be transparent in the light of that city. Everything that clouded our view here below will no longer plague our vision. Every truth will be brought to light. Every myth dispelled. Everything will be clear in that city. Will we see it all it once, or bit by bit? I don’t know, but we’ll see.
Farther along, we’ll know all about it. Farther along, we’ll understand why. We’ll understand it all by and by.