Where is the Church?

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It is amazing to me the continuity within just this one book of the Bible. After all the visions and judgments, we are consoled that the Lord God who is in control at the beginning, still is in control here at the end. We find the use of the Lord God's full title here, THE ALMIGHTY, just we as we were greeted with this title at the beginning of the Revelation (Revelation 1:8).

In this verse, we find John looking for the TEMPLE and not finding it. If one has traveled anywhere around the world, no matter what country you are in, you recognize the places of worship rather quickly. It doesn't matter whether you are in a Muslim country, a Christian/Catholic country, or Buddhist country. The 'temple' is usually easy to spot. Here, however, John can't find the TEMPLE. Apparently, John didn't realize that the residents themselves are the TEMPLE (1 Corinthians 3:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 6:12-19-20).

In a way, when John originally wrote that Christ is the true vine (John 15:1-17), John didn't fully comprehend what "abiding in" meant. It appears to be such a fundamental concept of the new Jerusalem that it may be one of the foundation stones in verse 14. In this sin-tainted present earth age, we certainly don't understand this union. It remains for us to reach the new Jerusalem before we will understand what it means to be fully integrated. We are in Christ. Christ is in us. This is just as it should be between a husband and wife (verse 9 and Genesis 2:18-23-24-25).