New Jerusalem is Holy

Revelation 21:2 says, “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

John the apostle saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem. And, under the Holy Spirit’s inspiration he recorded for us what he saw. In the first half of this verse we see many characteristics of the New Jerusalem: 1) it is holy, 2) it is a city, 3) it is new, 4) it is Jerusalem, and 5) it was coming down, 6) its source is heaven, and 7) it is from God. What a wonderful city!

Holiness is the first characteristic that John mentions. Holiness has two aspects: positional and dispositional. The positional aspect is clearly seen in Matthew 23:17, 19, where a change of position sanctifies the gold and the gift but does not change their nature. Dispositional sanctification is seen in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, where the God of peace is sanctifying the believers (who were already sanctified positionally at the time they repented and believed) wholly. God is taking the believers through a change in inward nature, a change that includes the renewing and transformation in Romans 12:2. The two aspects of sanctification in the believers are seen in Hebrews 10:10, 14. In verse 10 we have been sanctified (positionally) once for all, whereas in verse 14 we are being sanctified (dispositionally) through our cooperation with the Spirit’s lifelong operation in us.

Is the holiness of the New Jerusalem only positional or also dispositional? In other words, is the New Jerusalem holy in its nature? Surely it is. The New Jerusalem is dispositionally holy, holy in nature, because it is new, out of heaven, and from God. I will comment on these latter three characteristics in later posts.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published by and copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at; this too is copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA.

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