Three Gates on Each of Four Sides

Revelation 21:12 says that the holy city, New Jerusalem has twelve gates. Verse 13 continues, “On the east three gates, and on the north three gates, and on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. There are three gates on each of the four sides of the city. Three represents the Triune God—the Father, Son, and Spirit. New Jerusalem is the coinherence, the mutual indwelling of the Triune God and His chosen people. We are not qualified to enter into this indwelling on our own; rather, we have been qualified to enter and invited to enter by the Triune God. This is portrayed by the three parables in Luke 15. We are brought into New Jerusalem by the seeking, finding, and bearing of the Lord Jesus as the Shepherd (v. 3–7), by the inward enlightening and careful seeking of the Spirit (v. 8–10), and by the covering robe of righteousness, the ring, sandals, and the nourishing feast prepared by the loving Father. Three also indicates resurrection. The entrance to New Jerusalem is through the death and resurrection of Christ (see these posts ).

Gates on the four sides of the city indicate that it is open to all humanity. No matter where we are, in geography or culture or behavior or any other distinction, New Jerusalem is available! Consider these verses:
John 4:14 “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall by no means thirst forever; but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water gushing up into eternal life.”
Romans 10:13: “whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
1 John 4:15 “whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him and he in God.”
Now is the time to confess Jesus as the Son of God, call upon Jesus as Lord, and drink the water that He gives.

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