New Jerusalem: God’s Enlarged Household

Recent posts focus on “the house of God which is the church of the living God” (1 Tim. 3:15). This house is both the house of God and His family, His household. This convergence of house and household, dwelling place and dwellers, is the New Testament reality, both now in the church and eternally in New Jerusalem.

New JerusalemThe church is not a physical building; it is God’s New Testament people, in whom God dwells. In eternity New Jerusalem will not be a physical city; it will be all God’s people, in whom God dwells.

The convergence of house and household is seen in the Greek word oikos (prior post). Another Greek word commonly translated house is oikia (οικια). This word is also used for household:
• The father of a boy healed by Jesus “believed, he and his whole house” (John 4:53)
• “You know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia” (1 Cor. 16:15)
• “All the saints greet you, and especially those of Caesar’s household.” (Phil. 4:22)

Further verses about both the church and New Jerusalem being God’s people and His dwelling are:
• Galatians 6:10 “the household of the faith”
• Ephesians 2:19 we are “members of the household of God”
In Galatians 6:10, “The household of the faith refers to the children of promise (Gal. 4:28), all who are sons of God through faith in Christ (Gal. 3:26). All the believers in Christ together constitute a universal household, the great family of God.*”

God’s New Testament dwelling is consummated in New Jerusalem. God will expand and beautify what He is doing today to bring forth New Jerusalem. He will not return to the Old Testament picture of a physical building. New Jerusalem will be God’s eternal dwelling place in His people.

Related posts: Where is New Jerusalem? The Triune God and New Jerusalem

* Part of note 2 on Gal. 6:10 in The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and © 2003 by Living Stream Ministry.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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