Where is the Church?
Chapter 21 Verse 22 (NASB)
And I saw NO TEMPLE in it, for the Lord God, THE ALMIGHTY, and THE
LAMB, are its TEMPLE.
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
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
Corinthians 3:16-17 and 1
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