God and the Lamb Are Our Dwelling Place

In Revelation 21:22 John said that he did not see a temple in New Jerusalem because “the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.”

The Greek word for temple in Revelation 21:22, naos (ναος), does not denote the whole temple in a common way. Rather, it denotes the inner temple, the Holy of Holies. This inner temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb, signifying that God and the Lamb will be the place in which we serve God.°

New Jerusalem

In Revelation 21:16 an angel measured New Jerusalem and John told us “the length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.”

The measurement of the New Jerusalem is the same in length, breadth, and height. In three dimensions the city measures twelve thousand stadia (v. 16). The principle revealed in the Bible is that a building with three equal dimensions indicates the Holy of Holies*….Accordingly, the New Jerusalem, the holy city, must also be the Holy of Holies.

The entire city of New Jerusalem is the Holy of Holies, and God and the Lamb are the temple of this city. If we put these two points together, we will realize that this city is God and the Lamb. Because the whole city is the Holy of Holies and because the inner temple is God and the Lamb, the city itself is God and the Lamb.

Because New Jerusalem is God and the Lamb, it has all the attributes of God and the Lamb. For example, the city is holy and is new (Revelation 21:2), it is full of light (21:23), it has an abundant life supply (22:1-2), and it has no curse and no night (22:3, 5).

 When we dwell in New Jerusalem, we dwell in God and the Lamb. This corresponds to our present situation, which described in many verses, including Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 2:16; 2 Timothy 3:12; and 1 Peter 5:10. Even Moses had this realization, writing in Psalm 90:1, “O Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.”

° These quotes are from Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ by Witness Lee, © LSM, message 430 in online reading.

* See 1 Kings 6:20 and Our Goal is the Holy of Holies.

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