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 […]

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, […]

Now & New Jerusalem: Behold His Face (4)

In New Jerusalem we will see the face of God and the Lamb with no obscuration and will be fully in His glory. But we must not forget that the Lord’s prayer for this is already being answered. Second Corinthians 4 speaks about the proclamation of the gospel now. When we preach Christ Jesus as […]

New Jerusalem Comes from Divine Riches and is Without Human Poverty

The Lord Jesus, at the beginning of His ministry, read from Isaiah about Himself, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to announce the gospel to the poor…” (Luke 4:18). The poverty in this verse can certainly be understood physically but should also be viewed spiritually. The Lord Jesus came to announce Himself […]

New Jerusalem Displays the Beauty of Christ

God’s New Testament building is in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Cornerstone (Eph. 2:20-21) and with all His believers as living stones. God sitting on His throne has the appearance of a jasper stone (Rev. 4:3). New Jerusalem is glorious and has light like a most precious stone, a jasper stone, and the building of its […]

Precious Faith Brings Forth Precious Stones for New Jerusalem

Jesus Christ is the living Stone and we too are stones for God’s building today and for New Jerusalem. Genesis 2:7, “Jehovah God formed man with the dust of the ground…” In God’s creation we are earthen vessels but in His new creation by regeneration we become stones. God created Adam, using a piece of […]