The Unsearchable Riches of Christ and New Jerusalem

Ephesians 3:8 speaks of “the unsearchable riches of Christ.” Eternally these riches will fill New Jerusalem. Below are the titles of the main posts on this topic, with a link to the post. Here are additional posts on the riches and fullness of the Triune God.

#NewJerusalem

Seek the Riches of Christ

Seek the Riches of Christ

God Strengthens Us, According to the Riches of His Glory, unto New Jerusalem

The Good News of the Riches of Christ

Christ as the Riches in Christian Life

Unsearchable Riches in New Jerusalem

The Mystery of the Riches of God’s Glory

Riches of God’s Glory, Now, New Jerusalem

O the Depth of the Riches & Wisdom of God!

Unsearchable, Immeasurable, Exhaustless

The Riches of God’s Glory, New Jerusalem

The Rich Supply for Our Building Up

The Unsearchable, Exhaustless Life Supply

Applying the Lord’s Rich Supply for the Preparation of the Bride (4)

Applying the Lord’s Rich Supply for the Preparation of the Bride (3)

Applying the Lord’s Rich Supply for the Preparation of the Bride (2)

Applying the Lord’s Rich Supply for the Preparation of the Bride (1)

God Supplies Strength for God’s Glory

New JerusalemWe continue in verses with “forever and ever” because these point toward New Jerusalem, the “forever and ever” city.

First Peter 4:11 says, “If anyone speaks, as speaking oracles of God; if anyone ministers, as ministering out of the strength which God supplies; that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom is the glory and the might forever and ever.” Here both glory and might are forever and ever. The might links to “the strength which God supplies” and the result is glory.

First Peter 5:11 and Revelation 1:6 also declare, “To Him be the glory and the might forever and ever.” We in ourselves are not qualified to glorify God nor to participate in New Jerusalem. But He supplies us so that He can work in us and through us. This supply is seen also in Philippians 1:19-20:

“For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I will be put to shame, but with all boldness, as always, even now Christ will be magnified in my body, whether through life or through death.”

The Spirit bountifully supplies us in every kind of situation that we may magnify Christ with God’s boldness (not our own boldness). For this we pray for one another, per Paul’s word “your petition.” The river of water of life (Rev. 22:1) is the eternal bountiful supply, and New Jerusalem is the ultimate magnification of Christ.

Revelation 7:12 is the result of God’s rich and varied supply to us throughout our Christian life. “The blessing and the glory and the wisdom and the thanks and the honor and the power and the strength be to our God forever and ever.” In New Jerusalem we will eternally praise God in all these ways.

 

Shadows of New Jerusalem, Psalms 110-118

New JerusalemPsalm 110 is a prophecy concerning Christ, often quoted in the New Testament*. This Psalm is about the present spiritual warfare and the defeating of God’s enemies. By the time of the new creation and New Jerusalem all the enemies will be gone, cast into the lake of fire, but Christ will endure as “a Priest forever” (v. 4).

Psalm 111:9 says “He has sent redemp-tion to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever.” The redemption sent to us is in Christ (Rom. 3:24). This redemption (Gal. 3:13) brings us the blessing of the Spirit covenanted to Abraham (v. 14), a blessing which continues “forever” as portrayed by the river of life in New Jerusalem.

Psalm 113:1-2 says, “Hallelujah! Praise, you servants of Jehovah, praise the name of Jehovah. Let the name of Jehovah be blessed, from now and to eternity.” We can surely praise God now and shout hallelujahs. And we will do this “to eternity” in New Jerusalem.This is repeated in Psalm 115:18, “we will bless Jehovah from now and to eternity. Hallelujah.”

Where is this praising? An answer is in Psalm 116:19, “In the courts of the house of Jehovah, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah.”

Psalm 117:1 says, “Praise Jehovah, all you nations; laud Him, all you peoples.” Although not realized now, it will be after the Lord returns and even more fully in the new creation.

Psalm 118:19, “Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will enter in through them; I will give thanks to Jehovah.” At present we have the gate unto eternal life (Matt. 7:14); in Christ we have the righteousness which allows us to enter this gate and receive eternal life (Rom. 1:17, 5:17-18). Eventually this will be the gate into New Jerusalem, still open because of Christ as our righteousness unto full enjoyment of Christ as our life.

* V. 1 in Matt. 22:44, 26:64, Luke 20:42-43, Acts 2:34-35, Heb. 1:13; and v. 4 in Heb. 5:6, 7:17.
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New Jerusalem is the Eternal Perfection (2)

New JerusalemIn the Bible twelve indicates what is eternally perfect in quality, eternally complete in quantity, and eternally rich in composition. New Jerusalem is full of twelves and is the consummation of all the twelves in the Bible.

The prior post focused on the consum-mation of Old Testament twelves. In the beginning of the New Testament there are twelve apostles (Matt. 10:1-2, 5). Paul was also an apostle and laid a foundation by proclaiming Christ (1 Cor. 3:10-12). Ultimately, on the foundations of New Jerusalem are “the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Rev. 21:14).

The raising up the dead twelve-year-old girl in Mark 5 foretells that eternally there will be no death in new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:4), the site of New Jerusalem.

The twelve handbaskets of bread in Mark 6, portray the abundant richness of the tree of life with its twelve fruits in New Jerusalem.

The church began with 120 (ten times twelve) people praying (Acts 1:12-15). The universal church grew from them to include all God’s New Testament people, all of whom will be in New Jerusalem.

The “hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel” (Rev. 7:4-8) and the hundred and forty-four thousand firstfruits (Rev. 14:1-5) also point toward New Jerusalem since one hundred forty-four is twelve times twelve.

New Jerusalem, characterized by twelves, is eternally perfect, eternally complete, and eternally rich. New Jerusalem is the ultimate manifestation of “the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel” (Eph. 3:8) and “the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:19). Lord, perfect us with Yourself for New Jerusalem.

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