Everything Shall Live

New JerusalemAs we continue our journey along the river of life from Eden (Genesis 2:10) to New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:1-2), we come to Ezekiel 47. Verse 9 includes a wonderful promise—“everything shall live wherever the river comes.”

Ezekiel 47:1 says “Then He [the Lord] brought me [Ezekiel] back to the entrance of the house, and there was water flowing out from under the threshold of the house to the east (for the house faced east); and the water flowed down below the south side of the house, on the south of the altar.”

Let’s look at the house, the east, and the altar.

The water flows from the house. Today we are “the house of God, which is the church of the living God” (1 Timothy 3:15). If we live an isolated, individual Christian life, little water will flow. But if we are gathering, praying, rejoicing, singing, and growing with one another the water will flow more.

In Ezekiel 43:2 the glory comes from the east. The house faces east and the flow goes east. This indicates that both the house and the flow are related to God’s glory. If we care for God’s glory and forsake self glory, the flow will increase.

The altar is for offerings. In the New Testament Christ is the reality of all the Old Testament offerings (e.g., Ephesians 5:2). As we appreciate His offering, we are drawn to consecrate ourselves (e.g. Romans 12:1), and thus we experience being one with Him on the altar. As a result, the living water flows a little more.

New Jerusalem is the consummation of the house, the east, and the altar. It is the enlargement of God’s house, full of God’s glory, and based on Christ’s offering of Himself to God. Hence New Jerusalem has the eternal flow of living water.

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