Isaiah 66:1 HCSB "This is what the LORD says: Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. What house could you possibly build for Me? And what place could be My home?" Well, from the Incarnation forward, God actually dwelt among men in the temple of a human body. The first fruit, was Jesus, and because of the resurrection and the Holy Spirit, God now dwells in the body of believers. God's temple on earth is made up of lively stones. How many times have you heard a preacher say it is good to be in the house of the Lord today. Well, it is only the Lord's house when spirit filled saints are in attendance. Otherwise it is merely a building made of bricks, or wood, or concrete.
The truth of the matter is this; with a saint, the temple of God goes wherever they go. However, it is important to realize that the New Jerusalem, the New Heaven and Earth are a right now every day reality. It is not something that one has to wait for. Furthermore, according to Paul it is not the physical Jerusalem in Palestine/Israel. Galatians 4:25 HCSB "Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children." Paul also says that the Jerusalem from above, made up of spirit filled believers is free, and is the mother of us all, "us all" being all those believing the gospel of Christ Jesus.
So what you ask? Well the New Jerusalem should be sharing and expanding and growing the love of Christ in the world today. Not in the way that conservative evangelicals are trying to do. Not by legislation, but by the "real pristine gospel" of Jesus. The one that promotes reconciliation to God by the finished work of Christ. The one that promotes the Sabbath Rest in the finished work of Christ. The one that assures people they have been reconciled to God by Christ.
I will have more to say about this in the next post. Thanks for reading this one. Share it and comment.