Nothing Abominable in New Jerusalem

This continues occasional posts about what is NOT in New Jerusalem. Revelation 21:8 declares, “But the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and fornicators and sorcerers and idolaters and all the false, their part will be in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

New JerusalemThis verse lists eight categories of people and actions which will not be in New Jerusalem. The verse begins but. This indicates a contrast. The prior phrase (21:7) is, “I will be God to him, and he will be a son to Me.” This indicates that the eight categories have not been born of God to be His sons.

The word to the Galatian believers (and to us) is, “you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” New Jerusalem is composed of all who are sons of God through faith. This includes the Old Testament people of faith. Hebrews 11:16 speaks about them: “they long after a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”

Revelation 21:27 is similar to 21:8, “anything common and he who makes an abomination and a lie shall by no means enter into it [New Jerusalem].” Verse 27 continues, “only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life [will enter New Jerusalem].” Like son in 21:7, this word indicates that participation in New Jerusalem is a matter of life. Since the nations around New Jerusalem will bring their glory and honor into New Jerusalem (21:26), they too must be in the Lamb’s book of life.

Our goal is not merely to be saved from negative things, but to be built together in the eternal life for God’s dwelling today, which develops unto New Jerusalem.

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New Jerusalem: God’s Enlarged Household

Recent posts focus on “the house of God which is the church of the living God” (1 Tim. 3:15). This house is both the house of God and His family, His household. This convergence of house and household, dwelling place and dwellers, is the New Testament reality, both now in the church and eternally in New Jerusalem.

New JerusalemThe church is not a physical building; it is God’s New Testament people, in whom God dwells. In eternity New Jerusalem will not be a physical city; it will be all God’s people, in whom God dwells.

The convergence of house and household is seen in the Greek word oikos (prior post). Another Greek word commonly translated house is oikia (οικια). This word is also used for household:
• The father of a boy healed by Jesus “believed, he and his whole house” (John 4:53)
• “You know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia” (1 Cor. 16:15)
• “All the saints greet you, and especially those of Caesar’s household.” (Phil. 4:22)

Further verses about both the church and New Jerusalem being God’s people and His dwelling are:
• Galatians 6:10 “the household of the faith”
• Ephesians 2:19 we are “members of the household of God”
In Galatians 6:10, “The household of the faith refers to the children of promise (Gal. 4:28), all who are sons of God through faith in Christ (Gal. 3:26). All the believers in Christ together constitute a universal household, the great family of God.*”

God’s New Testament dwelling is consummated in New Jerusalem. God will expand and beautify what He is doing today to bring forth New Jerusalem. He will not return to the Old Testament picture of a physical building. New Jerusalem will be God’s eternal dwelling place in His people.

Related posts: Where is New Jerusalem? The Triune God and New Jerusalem

* Part of note 2 on Gal. 6:10 in The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and © 2003 by Living Stream Ministry.

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