New Jerusalem: Glorious Corporate Vessel

The Body of Christ is a living, corporate composition of all the believers in Christ. Likewise, New Jerusalem is a living, corporate composition of all God’s people throughout the ages. Here is another excerpt from Affirmation & Critique*. God created human beings as vessels unto honor prepared unto glory…(Rom. 9:21, 23). Sadly, humankind fell into sin. […]

Built to be a Corporate Vessel of God’s Glory

God’s eternal purpose, the subject of the song we are reviewing, depends on God’s divine, eternal life. God’s plan is to build together a group of people as His dwelling place, consummating in New Jerusalem. This must involve humans but it cannot be carried out by the created human life. Because God’s purpose depends on […]

God’s Mercy and the Great Corporate Vessel

God’s mercy takes us out of sin and death to be vessels of mercy containing the riches of His glory. Ultimately all God’s people are a corporate vessel, New Jerusalem, radiating the riches of His glory. Ephesians 2:1-3 describes our fallen condition. Then verses 4-6 say, “but God, being rich in mercy, because of His […]

Vessels of God’s Mercy for His Glory

God’s merciful care brings us from a pitiful situation to New Jerusalem. Romans 9:15-16 say, “For to Moses He says, ‘I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.’ So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, […]

Vessels of Mercy, Prepared unto Glory

Through Christ’s death and resurrection, God gained us as vessels so that He can live in us and we can live in Him. These steps to our mutual indwelling are preparation for New Jerusalem. Here are two more aspects of the preparation: One, we are vessels for God firstly by His creation and secondly by […]

We Have Oil in our Vessels, We are Burning

When the Lord Jesus returns, there will be a wedding feast! This feast will carry us on to the eternal marriage of New Jerusalem. All who believe in the Lord Jesus are invited to this feast, but only those whose lamps are brightly shining will be admitted. “The spirit of man is the lamp of […]

The Wife of the Lamb, New Jerusalem,  Made Herself Ready (6)

Revelation 19:7, “Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” We need to pursue this readiness because we do not know when He will return. An evil slave of the Lord says, “my master delays” […]

The Wife of the Lamb, New Jerusalem,  Made Herself Ready (2)

New Jerusalem is “the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” “Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready” (Rev. 19:7). In Matthew 24 the Lord spoke to us about being ready. Three keys here are living contact […]

The Course of Our Christian Life

Our Christian life begins with repentance and consummates with New Jerusalem. Although every Christian has had an initial experience of repentance, during the progress of our Christian life we might need further times of repentance. It is sad that the New Testament has many examples of people who refuse to repent. The Lord rebuked multiple […]

The Gospel of Glory and New Jerusalem

During my Bible reading I came to the phrase “the gospel of the glory of the blessed God” (1 Tim. 1:11). Since New Jerusalem has the glory of God, this phrase tells us that the gospel points toward or includes New Jerusalem.  Soon afterwards I came to “peace as the gospel” (Eph. 2:17). Because Jerusalem […]

Deny the Self for New Jerusalem (5)

In Matthew, Mark, and Luke the Lord told us to deny our self, take up our cross, and lose our soul life. In John He presented Himself as a pattern of this denying. The immediate goal of these actions is to follow Him and to be His disciple. The broader goal, shown in His speaking […]

The Marriage Dinner of the Lamb (2)

Revelation 19:7, 9: “Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife [New Jerusalem – 21:9-10] has made herself ready….Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb.” The marriage dinner is a blessing, a reward, […]