Early this year we finished a series on the believers in Christ Jesus being built together. The quote below touches the product of the building work—God’s dwelling place. New Jerusalem is the ultimate realization of God’s dwelling place.
In the New Testament God’s dwelling on earth was first a single person, Jesus Christ. Jesus was God’s tabernacle, His dwelling place. Then the church as a corporate person became the temple of God, God’s dwelling (Eph. 2:21-22; 1 Cor. 3:16). When we enter into eternity, God’s dwelling [New Jerusalem] will not change from living persons to a lifeless, physical city. We must believe that these living persons, built together as God’s dwelling place, will be enlarged and intensified. In the coming age there will be an enlargement of these living persons as God’s dwelling place.*
Living people are God’s dwelling place today. Jesus told us that He would dwell in us and we in Him after His resurrection (John 14:17-20). Now we are the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16), the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12), and the house of God, the church of the living God (1 Timothy 3:15, Hebrews 3:6). The Greek word οικος is used in the latter two verses. In the New Testament this word is translated house in some verses and household in other verses.
We are both the members of God’s household, God’s family, and also God’s house, His home. God is dwelling in His people. This New Testament reality will continue for eternity. New Jerusalem will be the Triune God dwelling in the aggregate of all His Old Testament and New Testament people.
Photo by David Kan.