From Matthew to Jude God’s building is the Triune God as life working in His people to build us together. New Jerusalem, the consummation of this New Testament building, is the same; it is God and His people built together. It is not composed of physical materials. John tells us,
I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)
An angel told John that the city coming down from God is
The bride, the wife of the Lamb. (Revelation 21:9-10)
This is the clearest word in Revelation that New Jerusalem is a living entity. The bride of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, is not a material city. The Lamb’s bride is a living city to match Him who is life. Furthermore, in Revelation 19:7 and 22:17 we read,
Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
The Spirit and the bride say, Come!
The wife of the Lamb has made herself ready and she speaks one with the Spirit. These also are clear statements that the wife, New Jerusalem, is a living entity, not a city constructed with physical materials.
Since New Jerusalem is a city built in life, let us give ourselves to Jesus Christ our life and to His growth in us. The apostle Paul was laboring intensively to present every Christian full grown in Christ (Col. 1:27-29). Through his epistles in a sense he is still laboring; let us labor with him. Our advance to full growth in Christ is our path to New Jerusalem.
Photo of Ireland by Toby Shelton.