Washing

Here is another excerpt related to New Jerusalem from Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ by Witness Lee, © LSM (details here). This is available for online reading by selecting Conclusion of the New Testament, The (Msgs. 415-436) in this list.

New Jerusalem

The New Jerusalem as the wife of the Lamb is the consummation of the church as the wife in Ephesians 5:25-27 and 29-32. The church in Ephesians 5 is the wife in the stage of development, and the New Jerusalem will be the consummated bride. The bride in Revelation 21 can never be improved; she will live forever, but she will not grow. The wife in Ephesians 5, however, is still growing. The church in Ephesians 5 still has wrinkles and spots, but the bride in Revelation 21 has no wrinkles or spots. The New Jerusalem is the consummation of the wife in Ephesians 5. The Lord is still working in the church to cause her to grow.

At the present time we, who collectively are the church, still have spots, wrinkles, and blemishes. But the Lord is working to cleanse us “by the washing of the water in the word” (Ephesians 5:26). This word is the Lord’s living speaking within us based on His constant word in the Bible. For more on this phrase, see the posts beginning with Preparing the Bride by Washing.

The word Greek word translated “washing” in Ephesians 5 is used only twice in the New Testament. The other is in Titus 3:5, “the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit.” The washing is not outward, not physical. Nor is it our own effort to change our behavior. This washing is a washing in and by the divine life which we received at our regeneration. More about this is in Renewing unto New Jerusalem. This life washing prepares and perfects us to be New Jerusalem.

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