The Nations around New Jerusalem (5)

Revelation 21:3 declares, “Behold, the tabernacle of God [New Jerusalem] is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.” This is wonderful. However, while the peoples around New Jerusalem have God as their God, they do not have Him as their Father. They do not have the divine life which incorporates people into New Jerusalem.

New JerusalemRegarding these peoples, Revelation 21:3 promises, “God Himself will be with them.” We could say, God will be their neighbor and they will be God’s neighbors. This is wonderful, but it is far short of the condition of the people built into New Jerusalem.

Unlike the peoples (plural) as neighbors around New Jerusalem, the people (singular) in New Jerusalem live in God and God lives in them. The source of this mutual indwelling is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In John 14:20, speaking about resurrection, He assures us, “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”

Besides this verse in John, many verses in the epistles speak of Christ in us; examples are “Christ is in you” (Rom. 8:10) and “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27); also look at this Bibles for America post.

Christ is in us and we are in Christ; examples are “of Him [God] you are in Christ Jesus” (1 Cor. 1:30) and “You are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28).

Being in Christ and having Christ in us is the essence of New Jerusalem, a blessing much higher than being around New Jerusalem.

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  1. Enid Niven

     /  March 14, 2016

    Thanks Don. Have not known much about the people who are around New Jerusalem. They do not have the Father, does that mean they don’t have the Spirit, or divine life ?

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    • Correct, they do not have the Spirit or the divine life. See the footnote quoted in The Nations around New Jerusalem (2).

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  2. Enid Niven

     /  March 17, 2016

    Thanks Don. Much clearer now about the nations

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    • Thanks Enid. I got clearer as I wrote these posts and saw the differences between the city and the nations around it – such as fruit of the tree of life vs leaves of the tree of life, and Christ as the light of life within us vs walking by the city’s light outside.

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