The Eternal Divine-Human Marriage

Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ is a series which covers the whole New Testament. Details are here. This is one of several excerpts about New Jerusalem.

New Jerusalem

Christ’s betrothal and marriage life cover the church age, the kingdom age, and the eternal age. In the church age we are betrothed to Christ (2 Cor. 11:2). The wedding day will be the age of the millennial kingdom (Rev. 19:7). The marriage life will be in the New Jerusalem for eternity (21:2, 9-10).

According to its humanity, the New Jerusalem is the human wife (with the divine life and nature) of the Lamb, the redeeming God (vv. 2, 9). This human wife can marry a divine person because she has the divine life and nature. This qualifies her to match the redeeming God. On the one hand, she is human; on the other hand, she is divine. Because she is human, she can be the redeeming God’s human wife. Because she is divine, she can marry Him, a divine person.

The human wife having the divine life is clear in many verses in John’s gospel. We are born of God and become children of God (1:12-13), by believing we have eternal life (3:15-16), and in resurrection Jesus, who is “the life” (14:6) lives in us (14:20).

The human wife also has the divine nature (but is not part of the Godhead). Christ, who is God (and man) certainly has the divine nature. We have the divine nature because this Christ is in us (Romans 8:10; Colossians 1:27). Therefore, Peter tells us that we become “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).

The Triune God is divine, but in His embodiment in Christ there is humanity because the Word, God, became flesh (John 1:1, 14). So, the divine Husband has humanity and the human wife has divinity (but does not participate in the Godhead). This divine-human couple is New Jerusalem.

Related posts:
The Divine Romance of a Universal Couple
New Jerusalem is a Universal Married Couple

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  1. What a marvelous view of God’s eternal purpose and the goal of our salvation! God is longing for a wife taken from humanity. For this He had to become a man to court His human bride—us. To reach the goal of our salvation, to become the eternal wife of the Lamb, the redeeming God, we must become divine (in life and nature, but not in the Godhead). It is so sweet that the divine One became human. Now we humans are being made divine to match Him for our marriage. This gives us a reason to get up every morning—not to wait for heaven, but to be daily renewed and transformed into the image of Christ (Room 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18; 4:16). In this way we are in the process of becoming the New Jerusalem today!

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