The Faithful Are in New Jerusalem Now

In Revelation 21:2a John said, “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” This verse was part of my prior post “I Saw New Jerusalem” and the title of this post is a response I received to that post. Since receiving this response, I have been considering it. In my blogging, several times I said that we are in the foretaste of New Jerusalem. Here are links to some posts with those words: .

In “I Saw New Jerusalem” I mentioned the eternal view and the temporal view. In God’s view, New Jerusalem is an accomplished fact which was shown to John. Hence, John said “I saw.” In our human time-constrained view, New Jerusalem will descend out of heaven in the future. With the eternal view we must declare, I am in New Jerusalem now. With the temporal view we say that we have a spiritual foretaste of New Jerusalem. Should we discard the temporal view and hold only the eternal view? No, because the New Testament uses both views.

Samples of the eternal view:
• Romans 8:30 says we have been glorified.
• Ephesians 2:10 says we are God’s masterpiece.
Samples of the temporal view, showing development in our Christian life:
• 1 Corinthians 1:18 says we are being saved.
• Hebrews 2:11 says we are being sanctified.
Samples of the temporal view, showing a future conclusion of our Christian life:
• Romans 8:23 says we are eagerly awaiting the redemption of our body.
• 1 John 3:2 says that when He is manifested, we will be like Him.

Because the New Testament uses both views, we too should use them. Based on Revelation, we can declare that we are in New Jerusalem now. Based on verses in the epistles, we also should say that we are cooperating with Christ’s growth in us unto the full reality of New Jerusalem.

Photo by Toby Shelton.

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  1. Amen! It is good to have both the temporal view and the eternal view! We need to keep digging to find such verses which really show both our view and God’s view of these amazing accomplished facts of God!

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  2. crownade

     /  November 6, 2012

    Praise the Lord for the faithful slaves of the Lord upon whose shoulders we stand to see both views concerning the New Jerusalem in His holy word!!!

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