New Jerusalem is the consummation of all the positive matters in the Bible. One of these matters is our living in Jesus Christ and His living in us. In John 6:56 He told us, “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me and I in him.” This is not physical eating and drinking but spiritual, as confirmed by John 6:63 and 7:37-39. The Lord says more about this mutual abiding in John 15.
In Romans 8 we are in Christ Jesus. Here our being in Him is our living because it involves our daily walk (v. 4) and our thinking (v. 5-6). At the same time the Spirit of God may dwell in us (v. 11). This mutual abiding is stated succinctly in Philippians 1:21a, “to me to live is Christ.” This living is both my living in Him and His living in me.
For eternity the New Jerusalem will be the fulfillment of the Lord’s brief word in John 15:4: “Abide in Me and I in you.” To abide in the Lord means to take Him as our dwelling, our habitation. When we take the Lord as our dwelling, He abides in us. This abiding is mutual, for we abide in the Lord, and He abides in us. There is no need to wait until the coming New Jerusalem to abide in the Lord and to have Him abide in us. We can testify strongly that many times we know that we are truly in the Lord and that He is actually abiding in us. When we abide in Him, we immediately sense that He is abiding in us….Wherever we are—at home, at work, or at school—we can say, “O Lord Jesus, I am abiding in You right now,” and something within us will say, “And I am abiding in you.” This is a miniature of the coming New Jerusalem, which will simply be a mutual abiding place for us and for God and the Lamb.”
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