New Jerusalem is from God

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.” New Jerusalem is “from God.” Humanly, if you receive a package from me, the package has departed from me to come to you; the package and my person are separate in nature and separate in location. However, New Jerusalem and God are NOT separated. The clearest verse about this is Revelation 21:22, which says, “And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” God Himself, His person, and the Lamb, Christ, are the temple of the city. The temple of New Jerusalem is not a physical building but the living God! New Jerusalem is “from God” yet God is very present in New Jerusalem.

New Jerusalem being “from God” yet also filled with God is the same in principle as John 8. In verse 42 the Lord tells us that He came out from God and in verse 29 He tells us that “He who sent Me is with Me.” In verse 16 Jesus says that He is not alone because the Father who sent Him is with him. God the Father sent Jesus and Jesus came “from God” yet the Father remained present with Jesus.

“From God” means that God is the source of New Jerusalem. New Jerusalem is holy because God is holy (1 Peter 1:16). New Jerusalem is new because the real newness in the universe is in the resurrection of Christ (see post on “new“). New Jerusalem is founded on peace because God is the God of peace (see post on “peace“). Everything about New Jerusalem has its source in the person and work of the Triune God.

New Jerusalem is the consummation of all God’s work through the ages. It comes from what He has done directly and solely by Himself; an example is Christ’s redemption accomplished on the cross. Christ, the redeeming Lamb who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29) is still the Lamb in New Jerusalem (e.g. Revelation 21:22 and 22:1). New Jerusalem also comes from what God in Christ has accomplished in us; examples are having His name written on each of our heads (22:4) and being prepared corporately to be the bride of our bridegroom Christ (21:2).

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  1. Beatriz

     /  November 14, 2011

    When I’m in God by being in Christ, I am part of the New Jerusalem. God is the source and the element of the New Jerusalem. For that reason, I need to be sanctified, renewed, beautified with the Christ who is doing His home in my heart. I cooperate turning my heart to the Lord, the rest is up to Him!

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  2. Whenever we turn our heart to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Thank the Lord for “whenever.” Lord, increase my turning, so that You have more opportunities to remove veils from me.

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