Reigning in Life to Match New Jerusalem

New JerusalemThe prior two posts ( ) spoke of New Jerusalem as the ultimate stage of the kingdom of God. Revelation 22:3-5 tells us that we, God’s slaves, will reign in New Jerusalem.

Because God’s kingdom is a kingdom of the divine and eternal life, reigning in the kingdom is also by this life, in this life. The present age is part of the kingdom of God (see Romans 14:17). Therefore, we can enter into the foretaste of reigning now. Romans 5:17 tells us, “For if by the offense of the one death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”

Our reigning is in life. It is not merely a position nor an appointment. According to Romans 5, our qualification to reign in life now (and in New Jerusalem) is to “receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness.”

The Greek word translated “receive” is an active, present participle. It indicates an ongoing (in contrast to a one time) receiving. We are to receive two blessings: abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness.

The Word is “full of grace” and “grace came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:14, 17). The gift of righteousness is both the forgiveness of our sins (1 John 1:9) and Christ Jesus Himself as our righteousness that we may live righteously with Him (1 Corinthians 1:30).

First, we may receive by confessing our sins. Second, we may receive “the word of His grace” (Acts 14:320:32). The best way I found for this receiving is to read a little and to pray with what I read. More about this is in the related posts.

The more we receive, the more we reign in life. However, this reigning is never in ourselves. Both now and in New Jerusalem it is “through the One, Jesus Christ.” The glory is to Him.

Related posts:
Pray-read the Word of God to be Spiritually Nourished
Podcast: The Practice of Pray-Reading God’s Word
Praying God’s Word – A Great Christian Practice

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  1. We Will Reign in Resurrection | New Jerusalem – A Biblical View

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