New Jerusalem, City of the Living God (2)

New JerusalemFirst Timothy 3:15 tells us “the house of God is the church of the living God.” This house is being enlarged to be the city of God, New Jerusalem. The believers in Jesus Christ 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 Lord’s corporate people, His mystical Body. More examples:
• Ephesians 1:22-23, Christ is “Head over all things to the church, which is His Body”
• Ephesians 5:25, “Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her”
• Ephesians 5:29, Christ nourishes and cherishes the church
• Colossians 1:18, Christ is “the Head of the Body, the church”
• 1 Thessalonians 1:1, “to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace”
• Revelation 2:7, “hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Today the church, the house of the living God, is in the Lord Jesus Christ and in God our Father. This is the fact in the Bible. It is not confirmable with our physical senses but it is substantiated by faith and experienced in spirit.

The church is being enlarged to become the city of the living God, New Jerusalem. Like the church today, New Jerusalem in eternity will not be physical. It will be a living composition of all God’s people and it will be in God our Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ. As grace and peace are to the church in 1 Thessalonians 1:1, grace and peace will flow even more in New Jerusalem. What a wonderful living city this is!

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. Enid Niven

     /  January 6, 2016

    Thanks Don. How wonderful

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  2. Reblogged this on ebncube.

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