“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 Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” –
LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus and the church have been united eternally.
A very important fact that must be comprehended by the body of Christ (the church) is the fact of their amalgamation with Christ. There exist an eternal union between Jesus and His church and this was a function of his resurrection from the dead. Upon Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, the church of Christ (the believers) which is found in the resurrection were brought into an inseparable union with Christ.
Let us observe John’s words carefully in our above text. Notice in verse one, John says, “I saw a new heaven and a new earth…”. That word, ‘new’ was translated from the Greek word ‘kainos’ which implies freshness. This shows that the reality John was communicating in his vision about new heaven and new earth had not existed before. It is not an improvement on anything previous. Hence why the first heaven and the first earth that were passed away is not the new heaven and the new earth he saw is that the ‘new’ means it has not existed before.
What then was John communicating? Observe his flow of thought in the next verse “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem”. This means that what John called the new heaven and the new earth in verse 1 is what he further describes as the holy city, New Jerusalem in verse 2. Also, by saying “new Jerusalem”, it will imply that this was not in reference to the physical Jerusalem built with human hands, and thus implying that what John is communicating from this vision is a spiritual reality.
Now, it is important to note that the word, ‘city’ (the holy city) was not in reference to a geographical location, which further shows why the term ‘new Jerusalem’ is not in reference to a geographical location and ‘new heaven’ and ‘new earth’ will not also be in reference to a geographical location. The three terms will be in reference to a spiritual reality.
Observe, the word, ‘city’ which is ‘polis’ in Greek implies a people or a gathering. In other words, the word, ‘holy city’ refers to a people that are set apart. Meaning, the holy city, New Jerusalem, new heaven and new earth John was talking about in his vision was not in reference to a geographical location but a reference to people (the believers, the church).
Thus, the new Jerusalem or the ‘holy city’ was in reference to a people, and these are the people he explained in chapter 1 verse 5 and 6 of the same book as those washed from their sins in the blood of Jesus and made kings and priests. This shows us why the believer is called a new creature which means an amalgamation of heaven (figuratively for God) and earth (figuratively for man).
Thus ‘new heaven and new earth’ in Revelation 21:1 refers to the new creation; the church which John further explains as the holy city/the New Jerusalem. In essence, the new creature (the church) has been united with God in Christ. Therefore, when we sing ‘heaven came down and glory filled my soul’ we are not talking about heaven as a geographical location coming down to another geographical location, the earth. Rather, what it means is that God (figuratively portrayed as heaven in the song) came down to earth (which figuratively refers to man) in order to die for man or redeem the fallen man and upon His resurrection amalgamate heaven and earth together (that is God and man together). That amalgamation of heaven and earth (God and man) together is what is called the new creation and this union took place in Christ.
Therefore, the church (believers) has been united never to be separated. Hallelujah!!
INSTRUCTION: You have been united. Meditate on this reality.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the union, fellowship and unbroken relationship I have with You in your Son, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The amalgamation of heaven and earth equals the new creation.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5;