“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. 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 the verse 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 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 gathering. It does not refer to a location or a town somewhere; it is 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 people. Observe that John had already used this New Jerusalem in Revelation 3:12 “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of God, and he shall go no more 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 write upon him my new name”. The question is, who is he the overcometh in this text? John clearly was referring to the believer and not a place. As shown in 1John 5:15; “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the son of God?” 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. Christ is the amalgamation of humanity and divinity. You are the city of the living God; God dwells in you eternally. Glory!!!
INSTRUCTION: Be conscious of your realities.
CONFESSION: 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 is a city built by God and indwelt by God; and not a city built with human hands.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 11; EVENING: REVELATION CHAPTER 20