The Wall Has 12 Foundations

Revelation 21:14 says, “And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” Hebrews 11:10 says, “For he [Abraham] eagerly waited for the city which has the foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God.” Since no verses in Revelation mention the foundations of the city being separate from those of the wall, Revelation 21 with Hebrews 11 indicate that the foundations of the city are the foundations of the wall. The wall and the city are one entity.

Twelve foundations indicate that the foundations have eternal perfection and fullness. This wall has no defect. It will never crack. It is a perfect separation. John saw that “the city was pure gold” (Revelation 21:18) and that “the street of the city was pure gold” (21:21). Gold symbolizes the divine nature. Not only the evil things but even anything “common,” not saturated with the divine nature, is kept out of New Jerusalem. “And anything common and he who makes an abomination and a lie shall by no means enter into it” (Revelation 21:27).

Revelation 21:18 says, “the building work of its wall was jasper” and verses 21:19-20 names the precious stone on each foundation. The wall not only keeps out all that is common or evil. Even more, it declares that all that is enclosed is of God. Our Christian life should be the same. We are not for the world but our focus is neither to tear down nor to correct the world. The focus of our testimony is Christ Himself, all His riches and accomplishments, and our love for Him.

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  1. kevobx

     /  July 19, 2012

    Want truth find Esau (Obadiah 6) Esau is thou art the white red blooded nation in the Bible. Thou is the white man of the world *Matthew 24:30 and shall the tribes of the earth mourn. What tribe do Christians belong to? *Revelation 21:12*

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    • 1 Corinthians 10:32 says there are three distinct categories of people in the NT age: Jews, Greeks (all non-Jews), and the church. In New Jerusalem are Jews (indicated by the names of their tribes at the gates in Rev. 21:12) and Christians (indicated by the names of apostles on the foundations in Rev. 21:14).
      Christians are not part of the tribes of Israel. In Christ there is no Jew and no Greek (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:10-11). We have been baptized out of all races and nations into Christ. We have put on Christ and Christ is in us as our life.
      The reference to tribes in Matt. 24:30 is based on Zechariah 12:10-14 in reference only to Israel.

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  2. kevobx

     /  September 24, 2012

    Are you saved by the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the cross? Or are you saved by the grace of God? Remember, Paul was saved by grace *1st Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

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    • Thank the Lord that we have been baptized into His death (Rom. 6:3-7) to terminate our natural, fallen humanity. We have also been raised up with Him to share in all that He is (Rom. 6 and Eph. 2:5-6); what grace!

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    • David

       /  October 2, 2012

      Why not both? Crucifixion took care of the problem of sin, where as grace empowers one to live and labor. The verse you chose to reference (1 Cor. 15:10) has a parallel verse, Galatians 2:20, also written by Paul. 1 Cor 15:10: “Yet not I, but the grace of God” Gal 2:20: “Not I but Christ”. Comparing these verses should give you a clue: The grace of God is nothing less than Christ Himself. And to take it one step further, I would say there is no grace outside of Christ.

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  3. kevobx

     /  September 25, 2012

    Wake up Judah, come out of her, the church? *Proverbs 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. *Psalm 82:1 GOD standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. *Micah 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the Lord, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin. *Psalm 102:21 To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem.

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