New Jerusalem is on Earth from God

Revelation 21:2, “I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Revelation 21:10 repeats, “the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.”

New Jerusalem is holy, new, the foundation of peace, and heavenly because it is from God. God is holy; whatever is filled with God is also holy, not only in position but even more in nature. Likewise, God is the measure of newness; everything of God, with God’s life, is new; everything lacking the divine life is old, even dead.

New JerusalemFurthermore, New Jerusalem is the foundation of peace because God is its peace. Apart from God, in the fall of man, there is no real peace and no possibility of peace. And New Jerusalem is heavenly because its substance is the divine nature, “the city was pure gold” (Rev. 21:18). Gold in the Bible represents the divine nature.

All the characteristics of New Jerusalem derive from God Himself, from God’s accomplishments in Christ, and from God’s operation as the Spirit in the believers. The Triune God is the element, the substance, of the city.

New Jerusalem not only comes “from God” but also comes with God. The city and God can never be separated. God is on the throne at the center of New Jerusalem, and God’s glory illuminates the whole city.

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