The Golden Street in New Jerusalem is “The Way” in Acts

In New Jerusalem the Spirit as “a river of water of life” proceeds “out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street” which is “pure gold” (Revelation 21:21, 22:1). This golden street is the divine nature of God in Christ as the realm of our Christian walk.

In Acts 9:1-2 Saul received authority to arrest “the disciples of the Lord.” In verse 2 these disciples are described as those “who were of the Way.” Many translations use a capital W, emphasizing the prominence of this Way. In Acts 18:25-26 it is called “the way of the Lord” and “the way of God.” This Way is our present street of gold for our Christian walk. As the way of the Lord and of God it matches the throne of God and of the Lamb.

In Acts 19:8-9 Paul “…spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading them in the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when some were hardened and would not be persuaded, speaking evil of the Way…” In these verses the kingdom of God is equivalent to the Way. New Jerusalem with the throne is the ultimate expression of the kingdom of God, and New Jerusalem with the street of gold is the ultimate realization of the Way.

In Acts 24:14 Paul served God as a priest “according to the Way.” Eternally we will all serve God as priests in New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:3). Through these verses, we can see that the Christian life in Acts and our Christian life today have the same characteristics that we see in New Jerusalem.

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