The Foundations Declare God’s Faithfulness

New Jerusalem has twelve foundations with the twelve names of the twelve apostles. By considering these apostles we see aspects of God’s work among men: God’s initiation, God’s mercy, and God’s grace.

New JerusalemFourth, it is also through God’s faithfulness that the apostles have become the city’s foundation stones. In the Scriptures the rainbow is a sign of God’s faithfulness….Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob all looked for “the city which has the foundations” (Heb. 11:10). They looked for such a city because that city is built upon the faithfulness of God. Psalm 89:2 says that the faithfulness of God is established in the heavens themselves. Strictly speaking, the twelve stones alone do not compose the foundations of this holy city; rather, the faithfulness of God bestowed upon the twelve stones makes up the foundations.*

Many NT verses speak of God’s faithfulness. It is with us today and will be proclaimed by New Jerusalem’s foundations. Some verses:
1 Cor. 1:9, “God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son.”
1 Thes. 5:24, “Faithful is He who calls you, who also will do it.”
Heb. 10:23, “He who has promised is faithful.”
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins…”
Rev. 1:5, “Jesus Christ, the faithful Witness, the Firstborn of the dead…”

God in Christ is the faithful One to carry out His promises with us today and to maintain New Jerusalem for eternity.

* Excerpt from The Vision of God’s Building by Witness Lee, chapter 19, © LSM.

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