Sanctified for the Holy City, New Jerusalem

New Jerusalem is “the holy city” (Revelation 21:2, 10) because God’s holy nature permeates it. Today our Father is disciplining us “that we might partake of His holiness” (Hebrews 12:10).  This  concludes a few posts with quotes, from Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ, about New Jerusalem being holy.

New Jerusalem, holy city

God sanctifies us so that we may be established in His holy nature. God’s sanctifying us is a very important and particular item in God’s organic salvation. Not only is God Himself holy, but He also wants to make us holy. Eventually, He wants to make us the holy city, New Jerusalem. In the universe God is holiness; whenever people touch God, they touch holiness (cf. Isa. 6:2-3; Rev. 4:8). Hence, in His organic salvation God’s intention is to constitute us with His holy nature so that we may become the Body of Christ and ultimately be manifested as an established holy city, New Jerusalem. Since all the believers will be the components of the holy city, all of them should be sanctified to be as holy as the holy city. Unless we are made holy, we will not be qualified to be a part of the New Jerusalem. As the holy city, the New Jerusalem is composed of holy believers.

In order to sanctify us, God has put us “in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God: both righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). The three aspects of Christ as wisdom to us are reviewed in a note* on this verse.

Christ became wisdom to us from God as three vital things in God’s salvation: (1) righteousness (for our past), by which we have been justified by God, that we might be reborn in our spirit to receive the divine life (Rom. 5:18); (2) sanctification (for our present), by which we are being sanctified in our soul, i.e., transformed in our mind, emotion, and will, with His divine life (Rom. 6:19, 22); and (3) redemption (for our future), i.e., the redemption of our body (Rom. 8:23), by which we will be transfigured in our body with His divine life to have His glorious likeness (Phil. 3:21). It is of God that we participate in such a complete and perfect salvation, which makes our entire being — spirit, soul, and body — organically one with Christ and makes Christ everything to us. This is altogether of God, not of ourselves, that we may boast and glory in Him, not in ourselves.

Thank God for such a wonderful salvation for our whole being.

* In The NT Recovery Version Online, © 1997-2012 by LSM

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. Yes, they were but pilgrims, yet a holy nation of faithful people (1 Pet.2:9) on a journey to a land, a country, beyond the sky. They were as stones hand picked, chiseled and polished by the Master Builder Himself for the day when He would lay down the HEAD Stone as the FOUNDATION Corner Stone (for the foundation) of the HEAVENLY HOLY CITY. Then the Supreme One would begin to positionally place these stones as He build His HOLY CITY, NEW JERUSALEM. And, as promised, the Lamb of God, which was slain even before the foundation of the world, came and fulfilled what was written of Him. Christ Jesus laid down His life as a sure foundation stone in Zion nearly 2,000 years ago that He might fulfill the predestinated purpose of God in building a Holy City for Himself to dwell in for eternity. Amen. Yes, every chosen one of God will then be placed and “blessed with all blessings in heavenly places in Christ” Who is the Foundation of the City (cf. Eph.1:3-12). Even the stones which were gathered from the time of Adam, before Abraham, and cut accordingly by the Master Builder, would also be positionally placed. Listen to what Paul said concerning us at this time: “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ, himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit” (Eph.2:19-22). Yes, sir! “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come” (Heb.13:14). Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

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  2. Scott, thank you for writing and yes, blessed be the Name of the Lord!

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