Our Eternal Abode
For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.
In Revelation chapter 21:1, 2 we read:
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had 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 loud voice out of heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He shall dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them and be their God.”
Then verse 7 says, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”
Further we read, “Come! I will show you the bride, and the Lamb’s wife” [v. 9b]. We detect eager excitement in the angel’s voice! John records, “And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. And her light was like a most precious stone… clear as crystal” [v. 10, 11].
“And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
“And the city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it, and the Lamb is its light.”
Do we as Christians have this vision in mind? Ah, dear readers, I wish all of us had this vision firmly fixed on my minds. The New Jerusalem is called the Bride of Christ. She is the figure of the Church which is the Bride of Christ.
The apostles and saints in the first century and down through the ages had this vision always fixed on their minds which is why all else seemed trivial and worthless as compared to being with the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb and basking in the light of Their Presence. This is what has been promised in the Bible.
We see from our study that the “New holy Jerusalem” has “the glory of God!” The Church is now glorified! “Her light was like a most precious stone… clear as crystal.” No more impurities, no sin stains, but robed with God’s glory! “The Lamb’s wife!” How glorious! How humbling! How thankful we should be to God for this wondrous deed that He has done from us in, through, and by the Lamb, our Lord, Saviour, Redeemer, and King Jesus Christ!
Christians, as we savor this vision, let us look forward with eager anticipation to being a part of our eternal abode.
God desires that all his human creatures be a part of the holy city. Those who are not yet in the church of Christ can’t be a part of the new city! Wouldn’t that be sad? Come now, those of you who are still undecided, come into the church that Jesus built. The church will be transformed into the new holy Jerusalem!
We invite you to be a part of the body of Christ! Christ Jesus has done all the hard work. We implore you to be reconciled to God in Christ Jesus. Repent of your sins, confess Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Lord & Saviour of your soul and be immersed in water and your sins will be forgiven as you rise up to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus, gaining entrance into His body – His church. Don’t delay for time is ebbing away. Won’t you respond to God’s love by deciding today to abide in God’s marvelous Presence now and forever?