God’s Kingdom, Now and New Jerusalem

God has called us into His kingdom and glory (1 Thes. 2:12) to fulfill His purpose of being expressed and reigning through a corporate man (Gen. 1:26-28). Ultimately this goal is fulfilled in New Jerusalem which expresses God and is the center of His ruling in the universe.

New JerusalemRevelation 1:6 tells us that Jesus Christ “made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be the glory and the might forever and ever.” Again God’s kingdom and glory are linked. Today God has made the believers His kingdom; in the future the whole earth will be.

In Revelation 1:9 we read, “I John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and endurance in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos…” The apostle John was inwardly in the kingdom while outwardly exiled to Patmos. New Jerusalem will be an open manifestation of the kingdom’s inward reality in which John was, and we are, participating.

In 1:9 John does not mention glory, only tribulation and endurance. Romans, Thessalonians through Titus, and James all have multiple mentions of endurance, which is needed to hold fast our faith in tribulations. Second Thessalonians 3:5 says, “the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the endurance of Christ.” Our natural endurance is not what God wants; we need to be led into the endurance of Christ.

New Jerusalem will not display our natural (and fallen) virtues. Rather, it will be an exhibition of what God has imparted into us, including the love of God and the endurance of Christ. The glory of New Jerusalem will be a product of our loving God with the love He gives us and the many virtues of Christ realized by us in our living now, both in good times and in trials.

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  1. Tamara De Hart

     /  July 18, 2016

    It is so good to be in Christ as His priests, enjoying all that He imparts to us! Praise the Lord! He does not want our endurance, but instead, He gives us Himself, and He is full of love and endurance. Although the apostle John was in such a hard situation outwardly,
    He was being filled with such a wonderful Christ inwardly. This is how he could be such a pattern to us. Amen!

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    • Amen! Your comment caused me to realize the parallel between John at Patmos and Paul in prison. Both had bountiful supply in hard environments.

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  2. Enid Niven

     /  July 20, 2016

    Thanks brother. You said endurance is not what God wants : we need to be led into endurance ….

    Sent from my iPad

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    • Our endurance is not what God wants. He wants us to live with the endurance of Christ.
      Lord, bring us into living so many of Your virtues.

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