A prior post spoke about 1 Corinthians 2:6-14 in relation to preparation of New Jerusalem. That post emphasized God’s wisdom, His glory, and the spiritual nature of whatever “things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” The wisdom, the glory, and the spiritual nature all match characteristics of New Jerusalem.
Later I went through Corinthians in my regular New Testament reading and was moved by other words in verse 9, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard and which have not come up in man’s heart; things which God has prepared…”
There are many speculations or fanciful ideas related to New Jerusalem. All of these are an extension of people’s earthly desires. These ideas are idealizations of things people desire to make their human life more comfortable or trouble free or exciting or glamorous.
All these ideas arise in people’s hearts based on what they see or hear. Hence, none of these things are what God has prepared and none of these things are what is intended in God’s revelation in the Bible.
On one side, we need to deny ourself and take up our cross (Matthew 16:24-25). On the other side, we need to open to the Lord about His intention and His desire. New Jerusalem is not to satisfy our natural, human desires; rather, it is to satisfy God’s desire and thereby to satisfy those who are one with Him. Lord, make my heart one with Your heart.
God has prepared the way for Christ to be our life and to make home in our hearts, that we may be rooted and grounded in Him in order to apprehend with all the believers the unsearchable riches of Christ. The result is that we are filled unto all the fullness of God to fully manifest God with His glory (Ephesians 3:16-21). This is what God has prepared, what we can enjoy with Him, and what consummates in New Jerusalem.
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