New Jerusalem: the Product of Death & Resurrection

New Jerusalem is a city entirely in resurrection. It is the outcome of God being incarnated, living a perfect human life, dying on the cross, and resurrecting from the dead. Through His death and resurrection we were redeemed and regenerated to have Christ as our life.

The eternal God who is the divine life, the uncreated life, the indestructible life, entered into death. Would you like to travel through death? God desired to do this, and He did it. He traveled through death. He took a tour of Hades….Then He entered into resurrection and transcended to the heavens in His ascension. Now He is there….He has been consummated with incarnation, with human living, with a wonderful death, with resurrection, and with ascension.*

The Triune God has taken all the necessary steps, from incarnation to ascension. Now He seeks man’s cooperation. Firstly man needs to repent, confess he is a sinner, and receive Jesus Christ as his Savior. This is a great beginning.

Following the beginning, our new birth, we need to grow to maturity by cooperating with the Lord’s working in us. We cooperate with this inner working by calling on the name of the Lord, by turning our heart to Him in every situation, by singing, praying, praising. “Always rejoice, unceasingly pray, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1Thes. 5:16-18, with music here). This is our stretchng forward to New Jerusalem.

* This is the tenth of a series with quotes from chapter 28 of The Central Line of the Divine Revelation by Witness Lee, copyright by Living Stream Ministry.

New Jerusalem: God Mingled with His People

The New Jerusalem is the mingling of the processed and consummated Triune God with His redeemed, regenerated, transformed, conformed, and glorified tripartite people. This aspect of the New Jerusalem brings us to the central point of the divine dispensing. In order to be mingled with us, God had to be processed. The processed Triune God is the One who has gone through incarnation, human living, an all-inclusive death, and a wonderful resurrection.*

We were redeemed by the death of Jesus on the cross and regenerated in His resurrection (1 Peter 1:3). Now we are being transformed by the Spirit’s operation in us (2 Cor. 3:18). We also are being conformed to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:29), and we will be glorified when He visibly returns (Phil. 3:21). All these changes are parts of our process to New Jerusalem.

But God also has to go through a process to be mingled with us in New Jerusalem. From eternity God was perfect in His divinity. There was no need and no possibility of improvement. But, as stated in the quote above, God had to take on humanity to live a model human life and to die for our redemption. Then this God-man rose from the dead and “has regenerated us unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

As a result of these great steps, God in Jesus Christ came into His believers and brought them into Himself. This is the divine-human mingling. Soon New Jerusalem will come forth in glory.

* This is the ninth of a series with quotes from chapter 28 of The Central Line of the Divine Revelation by Witness Lee, copyright by Living Stream Ministry.


Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, is at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is © by LSM.

New Jerusalem: the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb

Revelation 21:9-10, “one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb. And he…showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.”

The New Jerusalem is also the bride, the wife of Christ as the Lamb (Rev. 21:9). The city becomes a woman, a female. The bride is a virgin, and the wife is a married one. The New Jerusalem is both a virgin and also a married wife. The New Jerusalem is Christ’s wife, and Christ is the embodiment of God. Therefore, this New Jerusalem, on the one hand, is God’s dwelling and, on the other hand, is Christ’s counterpart.*

The Lamb is Jesus Christ, as John the Baptist declared when he saw Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). In New Jerusalem the Lamb is on the throne (Rev. 22:1).

The fact that New Jerusalem is the wife of Jesus Christ is the strongest proof that New Jerusalem is not a physical city. Jesus Christ will marry a living corporate person, the consummation of His bringing forth and perfecting the church to present to Himself (Eph. 5:25-27).

* This is the eighth of a series with quotes from chapter 28 of The Central Line of the Divine Revelation by Witness Lee, copyright by Living Stream Ministry.

New Jerusalem, Eternal Tabernacle and Temple (2)

Revelation 21:3 refers to New Jerusalem as the tabernacle and 21:22 refers to the city as the temple. These are not physical buildings but living organisms portrayed by the Old Testament structures.

The tabernacle, as a sign, signifies that the processed and consummated Triune God, after traveling through the wilderness of incarnation, human living, His all-inclusive death, and His life-imparting resurrection, and entering into His surpassing ascension, has secured a redeemed people to be His dwelling in eternity….And the temple, as a sign, signifies that the processed and consummated Triune God, after being wrought into His redeemed, regenerated, transformed, and glorified people through His death, resurrection, and ascension in humanity, has been constituted with His redeemed and glorified people to be His organism, which becomes eventually His redeemed people’s dwelling in eternity.*

The living tabernaace and temple do not suddenly appear in Revelation 21. Rather, they are the ultimate development of the Body of Christ, composed of all His believers as His many members. This Body came into being in His resurrection and has been growing and being built together since then.

The building of the Body of Christ is in 1 Corinthians 3 and 12 and often mentioned in Ephesians. In Ephesians 4 the specially gifted members (v. 11) labor to perfect all the believers (v. 12) so that all may take part in building up the Body of Christ. Then we all arrive at God’s goal for this age (v. 13) and develop further to New Jerusalem.

* This is the seventh of a series with quotes from chapter 28 of The Central Line of the Divine Revelation by Witness Lee, copyright by Living Stream Ministry.

New Jerusalem, Eternal Tabernacle and Temple

The Old Testament tabernacle was merely a picture. The New Testament tabernacle is Jesus Christ Himself, as seen in John 1:14, “the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us.” Through death and resurrection Christ enlarged the tabernacle by bringing us into Himself. As a result, New Jerusalem becomes the eternal tabernacle: “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them” (Rev. 21:3).

The Lord Jesus as a man tabernacled among us. He also presented Himself as God’s New Testament temple in John 2:19-21. New Jerusalem is the ultimate development. Revelation 21:22, describing New Jerusalem, says “the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.”

The New Jerusalem is God’s tabernacle—God’s dwelling in eternity (Rev. 21:3a). It is also God’s temple as God’s redeemed people’s living and serving place (v. 22)….We have to realize that even today in the New Testament we are living in the temple as God’s new creation. We are living in the temple because the church is the temple (1 Cor. 3:16-17). To us it is the temple; to God it is the tabernacle.*

Thus, New Jerusalem as the eternal tabernacle and temple is a mutual habitation. We dwell in the Triune God and He dwells in us. This is the consummation of John 14:20 and John 15:4-5, “Abide in Me and I in you.”

* This is the sixth of a series with quotes from chapter 28 of The Central Line of the Divine Revelation by Witness Lee, copyright by Living Stream Ministry.

The New Jerusalem is New in Christ

New Jerusalem is a city of eternal life. It is brought forth in this life, built up by this life, and eternally supplied with the flowing of this life in the river of water of life.

Life is Christ and New Jerusalem is in Christ. New Jerusalem is new because it is in Christ and He is the eternal newness. In Mark 2 He presents Himself as a new garment to cover us and as new wine to satisfy us. Taking Him as our life and our daily supply, we can “walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4).

Second Corinthians 5:17 proclaims “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” Christ is newness and since God has put us into Christ, we are a new creation. This is the individual aspect. The corporate aspect is seen in Ephesians 2. Christ created in Himself one new man (v. 15) and all God’s building is being built together in Him (v. 21).

It is of God that we are in Christ and part of the new man. However, at first this is only a positional status. This is why multiple verses* speak of our need for renewing. This renewing constitutes our whole being with the newness that is Christ Himself, the newness of New Jerusalem.

* Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Ephesians 4:23; Colossians 3:10; Titus 3:5

Christ Brings Forth the New Creation

New Jerusalem is the center of God’s new creation. To form the original creation only required God to speak, “Let there be light….Let the earth sprout grass…” But much more was required, and accomplished for producing the new creation.

To bring forth the new creation, God became a man, lived in Nazareth for 30 years, then ministered for a few more years. Then Jesus went to the cross and died. In His death He removed the barriers between men (Eph. 2:14-15) “that He might create the two [Jews and Gentiles] in Himself into one new man, so making peace.” This new man is the new creation.

In His resurrection God regenerated all His predestinated people that we might be part of this new creation. Now we are begin renewed by the Spirit (Titus 3:5) to have the inward reality of the new creation.

Hebrews 7:25 declares that the Christ seated in the heavens “is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.” This too is part of the bringing forth of the new creation.

Ultimately New Jerusalem descends out of heaven to be on earth as the center of the completed new creation.

I hope we can see how much time, how much energy, and how much wisdom God has put into the work of His new creation. Therefore, the New Jerusalem, as the ultimate consummation of God’s new creation work, must be very, very significant.*

* This is the fifth of a series with quotes from chapter 28 of The Central Line of the Divine Revelation by Witness Lee, copyright by Living Stream Ministry.

New Jerusalem is the Consummation of God’s New Testament Building Work

The first mention of building in the New Testament is the Lord’s declaration in Matthew 16:18, “I will build My church.” The consummation of this building work is the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21–22.

The New Jerusalem is a building. First Corinthians 3:9 says that the church is God’s cultivated land, God’s farm, to grow something, and also God’s building. The New Jerusalem as God’s holy city is God’s universal building for His new creation out of His old creation (1 Cor. 3:9b; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15). The New Jerusalem is the building of God’s new creation.*

The Lord’s building work toward New Jerusalem is in His believers. Colossians 2:6-7 exhorts us, “As therefore you have received the Christ, Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, having been rooted and being built up in Him…” Jesus Christ has become our life and He is doing His building work inside of us, building us together to be God’s habitation and Christ’s bride.

* This is the fourth of a series with quotes from chapter 28 of The Central Line of the Divine Revelation by Witness Lee, copyright by Living Stream Ministry.

New Jerusalem in the New Creation

John, the author of Revelation, tells us, “I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and the sea is no more. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God…” (21:1-2)

The book of Revelation is really a book of revelation, and in this book a great sign is revealed—the New Jerusalem. This great sign signifies the ultimate consummation of God’s new creation work. When this new creation work is fully accomplished, the old heaven and old earth will pass away (21:1).*

The original creation in Genesis 1–2 became old due to the fall of man, which brought in sin and death. God’s new creation work, portrayed in the Old Testament and accomplished in the New Testament, brings forth His new creation. New Jerusalem is the center of this new creation.

New Jerusalem completes the purpose God had in the original creation: God is life and the eternal life supply to man and man expresses God. Thus the river of water of life flows, the tree of life bears new fruits, the city shines with the glory of God, and God and man enjoy eternity together.

* This is the third of a series with quotes from chapter 28 of The Central Line of the Divine Revelation by Witness Lee, copyright by Living Stream Ministry.

New Jerusalem is a Spiritual Sign (2)

Revelation is a book with many signs and New Jerusalem is a great spiritual sign. It portrays the building of God with His people to have a corporate expression of Himself. New Jerusalem is this expression—a city “having the glory of God” (Rev. 21:11).

In Revelation the Lord Jesus is described as the Lamb (5:6, 8, 12-13…).…Of course, the Lord Jesus was not a physical lamb with four legs and a little tail. The Lamb of God is a figure of speech…There are also many other signs in the book of Revelation. At the end of this book there is a great sign—the New Jerusalem. This should help us to realize that the New Jerusalem is not something physical. It must be something mysterious, something very intrinsic, something spiritual, and something that can never be apprehended by the human mind and seen by the physical eyes.*

All God’s New Testament building work is spiritual. The physical tabernacle and temple in the Old Testament were pictures. The NT building is mentioned in Ephesians 2:22, “In whom [Christ Jesus] you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.” 

This is also seen in Jude 20-21, “you, beloved, building up yourselves upon your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God…” We are being built up in faith by praying in the Holy Spirit. Surely this is not a physical building. And neither is New Jerusalem; it is a city in spirit, based on faith, and full of love.

* This is the second of a series with quotes from chapter 28 of The Central Line of the Divine Revelation by Witness Lee, copyright by Living Stream Ministry.

New Jerusalem is a Spiritual Sign

Revelation 1:1 says “The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to Him to show to His slaves the things that must quickly take place; and He made it known by signs…” New Jerusalem is one of these signs. It is not a physical city but a spiritual city, the culmination and outcome of Jesus Christ building His church. 

The entire book of Revelation shows us invisible things. Do you believe there are seven physical lampstands? Surely these lampstands are not physical. The seven lampstands signify the seven local churches (1:11-12, 20). A local church can be seen since it is physical, but if we are going to see the intrinsic reality of the local church, we need a figure of speech. Thus, the lampstands are not real lampstands. They are figures. They are signs. They signify the local churches, not in the physical sense but in the intrinsic, invisible sense.*

To see the spiritual signs in Revelation we need spiritual sight. Natural vision with natural understanding is the wrong realm. Paul prayed “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him, the eyes of your heart having been enlightened…” (Eph. 1:17-18).

We all can pray the same prayer, asking for a spirit of wisdom and revelation with a divinely enlightened heart to see the significance of New Jerusalem.

* This is the first of a series with quotes from chapter 28 of The Central Line of the Divine Revelation by Witness Lee, copyright by Living Stream Ministry.

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Growth in Life unto New Jerusalem

On our course to New Jerusalem, repentance to receive forgiveness is necessary. With forgiveness we receive the eternal life, which also is necessary. After receiving the life, we need to grow and mature in this life. 

What is growth in the divine, eternal life? Eternal life is Christ Himself. Growth in this life is more of Christ and less of our self.

Growth is more of Christ and less of our personality manifested in our living. This is Galatians 2:20, “…it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me…” 

This growth is not by our natural effort to change our behavior. Rather, we need to be nourished with Christ as spiritual food for our growth, just like a human child needs nourishment to grow. 

Along with the nourishment, we need to deny ourself. This is ongoing; Jesus told us, “If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily” (Luke 9:23). To deny the self is to turn our heart to the Lord (2 Cor. 3:16-17), looking away from all things around us and “looking away unto Jesus” (Heb. 12:1-2*).

More of Christ and less of self is our path of growth unto maturity for New Jerusalem. When the city appears, it will fully express Him through all His mature believers.

* A song from Hebrews 12:1-2 is at www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/1206.

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