Mercy Leads Us to Life for God’s Habitation

New JerusalemEphesians 2 and Titus 3 present our transition from a sinful condition apart from God to having eternal life for the building of God’s habitation. Both God’s life and His habitation have their consummation at New Jerusalem.

We need the eternal life to participate in the building of God’s habitation. Our growing in this life is the building up of this habitation and of the Body of Christ, as in Ephesians 4:15-16. However, as sinners, we are not qualified to receive eternal life. We are shut out, kept away from the tree of life, as portrayed in Genesis 3:24. Therefore we need God’s mercy.

Like Ephesians 2 and Titus 3, 1 Peter also has the thread of mercy, life, and building. Verse 1:3-4 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, unto an inheritance, incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, kept in the heavens for you.”

Our regeneration, the marvelous inheritance, the building of God’s house in 1 Peter 2, and the new heavens and new earth in 2 Peter 3 all point toward New Jerusalem.

Blessed be our God and Father, who regenerated us according to His great mercy and who will also bring us unto New Jerusalem.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. Edgar Hovhannisyan

     /  June 3, 2015



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