Christ Formed in Us

The prior posts focus on being constituted with Christ as life which causes us to be built into New Jerusalem. This is the work of the apostles and the work of us all. However, this “work” is not merely activity; it is a change in our being. The Christ we have seen, received, experienced, lived out, and who has made home in us (Ephesians 3:16-17), and been formed in us (Galatians 4:19) flows out for building up.

Revelation 21:14 proclaims, “The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” As the prior post pointed out, these are not like names on brass plaques; the names on the foundations indicate the apostles themselves. Consider these verses:

  • John 3:16 speaks about God’s only begotten Son. Verse 18 says, “He who believes into Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed into the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Believing into Him (God’s only begotten) is equal to believing into the name of the only begotten Son.
  • Acts 1:15, says, “And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers and said (there was a group of persons gathered together, about a hundred and twenty).” The word translated “persons” here is literally in Greek (and in some English New Testaments) “names.” The names are the persons.
  • Romans 10:12-13 says, “…the same Lord is Lord of all and rich to all who call upon Him; for ‘whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’” To call on the Lord in verse 12 is to call on the name of the Lord in verse 13.

The names on the foundations indicate that the apostles have been built into the foundations. We can say that the Christ constituted into them is the foundations of New Jerusalem. Christ is being formed in us too, so we too are being built into this marvelous city.

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