New Jerusalem, City of the Living God

New JerusalemFirst Timothy 3:15 tells us “the house of God is the church of the living God.” This house will be enlarged to be the city of God, New Jerusalem.

At Timothy’s time, the word church did not denote a physical building. The word referred to God’s people. The believers in Timothy’s time were the house of God. Today we are the house of God. In eternity all God’s people will be His city, New Jerusalem.

The word church in the New Testament refers not to a physical building, but to the corporate people who believe in Jesus Christ. Examples:
• Matthew 16:18, “I will build My church”
• Matthew 18:17, “tell it to the church”
• Acts 11:22, “the ears of the church”
• Acts 12:5, “prayer was being made fervently by the church”
• Acts 20:28, “shepherd the church of God”
• Romans 16:5, “greet the church”
Many more examples can be seen in the following books of the New Testament.

The tabernacle and temple as the house of God in the Old Testament were pictures of what God desires. Jesus Christ is the reality (John 2:19, 21). Through death and resurrection we have been brought into Him to be the enlarged reality of the temple (1 Cor. 3:16).

This house, this temple, grows with “the growth of God” (Col. 2:19) through the New Testament. The full growth of this “house-temple” will be the “city-temple” New Jerusalem. The characteristics of New Jerusalem will be the same as the house of the living God except much greater in quantity, much richer in expression, and without the present distractions of our fallen nature.

Related post: The Living House Becomes the Living City

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Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is © by Living Stream Ministry.

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  1. Glenn

     /  January 4, 2016

    Hallelujah! The church is the house of the living God. The church is the pillar and base of the truth, God manifested in the flesh. Praise the Lord for such a revelation!

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    • It’s in His word: God in Christ lives in us so that God can be manifested through the flesh. Praise Him!

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  2. Enid Niven

     /  January 4, 2016

    Thank you so much brother, much appreciated,Enid

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. Fred Northrup

     /  January 5, 2016

    The verses you cite make it so clear. The church is a corporate people who believe in Jesus Christ. I am so thankful that the Lord Jesus is building His church.

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    • Yes, the Lord’s word is so clear. Another verse, which will appear next week, is Hebrews 3:6, “Christ was faithful as a Son over His house, whose house we are if indeed we hold fast the boldness and the boast of hope firm to the end.”

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  4. Shawn Bak

     /  January 6, 2016

    Amen. The church is not a physical building but the corporate people who believe in Jesus Christ. This is a wonderful revelation. Lord we love you.

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