“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jersusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God” – Revelation 21:1-3
LIGHT FOR NOW: Man (the new creature) is the residential address of God.
The clarity of the above text is ascertained by reading it in context. The first question is, was the New Jerusalem used by the writer in verse 2 in reference to a place or a people? He explained this in verse 3 of the above text where John said the tabernacle of God is with men. The question is, which men? The answer is the believers. Thus, the tabernacle of God is in the believers; and we are in an eternal union with the father.
Another question is, if the tabernacle of God is in the believer, then why did John use the word “holy city” in reference to the New Jerusalem which is the believers? The word “city” was translated from the Greek word “polis” which refers to a people or a gathering. It does not refer to a location or a town somewhere; it is a people; a people set aside; hence, the use of the word “holy” together with “city”.
Therefore, the holy city was in reference to the believer; no wonder the New Jerusalem was also in reference to a people. Observe that John had already used this New Jerusalem in Revelation 3:12, “He that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of God, and he shall go out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name”. The question is, who is he that overcometh in this text? In 1John 5:1: “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and everyone that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him”; verse 4 “for whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world, and this is the victory that overcometh, even our faith”; verse 5 “who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”. John clearly was referring to the believer and not a place. So, he that overcometh in Revelation 3:12 will be the believer; the believer is the city of God; the believer is the New Jerusalem.
In essence, the believer is the abode of the father; the father lives in the believer because the believer and the father have been united in Christ. Hebrews 12:22-24 said you are come to Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem and to the city of the living God, he was not talking about a physical location; the Mount Zion is the believer. The heavenly Jerusalem and the city of the living God is the believer. You are the city of the living God; God dwells in you eternally. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Be conscious: You are the City of the Living God.
PRAYER: Thank you father for making me your dwelling place; I am eternally grateful for making me your eternal abode, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The believer and the father have been united in Christ.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 12