Living in Spirit to See New Jerusalem

Revelation 21:10 says, “And he carried me [the apostle John] away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” Because New Jerusalem is spiritual, we need to be in spirit to see it.

There is no word in Revelation about John asking to see New Jerusalem. The angel showed it to him while he was in spirit, while he was a person living in his spirit indwelt by the Spirit. Such a living qualified him to see New Jerusalem and such a living qualifies us to see New Jerusalem.

John, a mature believer, saw many details of New Jerusalem and recorded them for us. In contrast, depending on our Christian growth, we might see New Jerusalem in many small steps at many times in our life. Such seeing will increase with our growth in life and with our insight into the Bible.

When in our Christian life will these steps of seeing take place? The Bible does not tell us. We must leave the timing to the Lord. He wants us to walk in spirit (Romans 8:4). Surely we can ask Him, “Lord, show me the New Jerusalem” but we should not try to force an answer. The timing is in His hands. Our responsibility is to cooperate with the Lord by walking in (according to) the mingled spirit.

Ephesians 5:18-20 says, “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissoluteness, but be filled in spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and psalming with your heart to the Lord, giving thanks at all times for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our God and Father.” To be filled in spirit results in our speaking psalms and songs to one another, singing to the Lord, and giving thanks to our God and Father. Conversely, speaking psalms and songs, singing to the Lord, and giving thanks to our Father help us to live/walk in spirit. This living prepares us to see New Jerusalem.

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