New Jerusalem is the eternal marriage. The Lord’s word in Exodus 20:6, “those who love Me,” links this marriage with the first covenant, the covenant of law. Despite Israel’s failures, the Lord is unchanging in His intention, so in Jeremiah 31:3 He says, “Indeed I have loved you with an eternal love, therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” Lord, thank You for Your love. Draw me today!
Verses 31-34 of the same chapter foretell the new covenant, and speak of Israel’s breaking of the first covenant, the Lord being their Husband, and the inward nature of the new covenant.
The change of covenant did not change God’s desire and plan to be married to His people. Rather, the change of covenant supplied a way to fulfill this desire, a way to bring us onward to New Jerusalem.
The first covenant had a law written on stone tablets outside of us. The Lord describes His new covenant in this way—“I will put My law within them and write it upon their hearts” (Jeremiah 31:33). The law is no longer outside us but is written within us. Romans 2:28-29 comments on this change, saying, not outwardly…but inwardly…of the heart, in spirit, not in letter.
In New Testament words, the Spirit dwells in us and the law of this Spirit of life frees us (Romans 8:2, 9-11). First John 3:10–4:21 speaks often of the Spirit dwelling in us and of our loving God and one another with the love of God. This is the fulfillment of the requirement for love in Exodus 20:6.
The Spirit who dwells in us supplies us with the life which fulfills God’s desire. This Spirit is with us now and will continue to flow eternally in New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:1).