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The Last Eve and the Glorious Church
  The Bride of Christ
  The Eternal Purpose and Plan of God
  The Reason for the Creation in Genesis 1

March 22, 2020

Possibly most of the women in the Bible could be used as a type and shadow to speak of some aspect of the church. For example the choosing of a bride for Isaac in Genesis 24 or the preparation of Ester to go into the king. The various types may speak of the various and diverse preparation of the bride for Christ. Eve is such a type and has many parallels to the glorious church. Paul uses Eve as a picture of the church being deceived in the same way as Eve.

2 Corinthians 11:2] For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. [3] But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.

The real difficulty of teaching these things and making application to the glorious church is that we can receive all these truths as a doctrine to be learned and never bother to be diligent to put these truths into our life, by our experience. It is similar to learning all the doctrines of the Holy Spirit but not experiencing Him in our lives.

The first two chapters of Genesis are so tremendously important to clearly understand because there is so much revealed that we need to comprehend God’s Eternal Purpose. Since all this took place before there was any history of sin, the truth revealed must apply to God’s purpose and not to redemption. Since nearly all the “gospel” that is preached is related to sin and our redemption, we may easily overlook the purpose for which we were created and set on this earth. While the Gospel of the Kingdom certainly doesn’t ignore sin, the focus is upon God’s government and God’s eternal purpose! It focuses upon man fulfilling God’s heart desire and bringing joy to His heart. The “gospel of salvation” focuses nearly entirely upon the sin problem and man’s need.

Since Adam “slept” and Eve was created from Adam’s rib before the fall of man, her creation has to do with God’s purpose and not with redemption. Since sin is related to the shedding of blood it is interesting that when Adam “slept” and God removed the rib from which He made Eve, there is no mention of blood. Adam didn’t “sleep” to provide redemption for Eve but to give existence to Eve. This is a major distinction in the “gospel of the Kingdom.”

Gen 1:26] Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our [plural] image, according to Our [plural] likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." [27] And God created man in His [singular] own image, in the image of God He [singular] created him; male and female He [singular] created them. [28] And God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth..

God created everything prior to the creation of man simply by speaking it into existence. He said let there be light and there was light! However, when God desired to create man there was a conference in heaven and the Father, the Word and the Spirit said “let us make man in our own image and likeness etc.” Man was not created with a view to redemption but with a view to God’s eternal purpose for man.

Man was created male and female. The female was in the male and the two were one. Since Adam couldn’t find any other creature in all of creation that corresponded to him, God removed the female part of Adam and from that “rib bone” He built a woman and brought her to Adam.

Genisis 2:18 Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." [19] And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. [20] And the man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. [21] So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh at that place. [22] And the LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. [23] And the man said, "This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man."

From the beginning Eve only had existence within Adam. She was there “in Adam”at creation but was only made visible after she was removed from Adam. Since Eve is a picture of the bride of Christ this is very significant. What God created, fashioned or built from the rib bone of Adam was called woman [Eve] because she was taken from Adam. She was from Adam’s body and was bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. In that sense Adam was IN Eve and she was part of him. Unless we understand this point it will be difficult to understand how we could have been chosen in Christ before the world was.

What Eve was made of is only Adam. It doesn’t say that God took the rib and then added something else to it to build a women. Eve was built from Adam. This is very important because when we speak about the glorious church we must see that this church is only built from Christ. The church must be “bone of His bone” and be His body. That which is built from anything except Christ cannot be the church which is His body.

This is presents a great problem when we look at what we think the church is and then complain because it doesn’t look like His body. ONLY that which is from Christ and out of Christ can be built into the glorious church and be presented to Christ as Eve was presented to Adam.

As a portion of Adam was in Eve so also that portion of Christ must be in the church which is His body. Man attempts to build the church out of wood, hay and straw or material that is natural and from the earth. Christ is building His church out of Himself. It will be difficult to believe there really will be a glorious church without spot or wrinkle, holy and blameless unless we understand that the “glorious church” will be built wholly from Christ and also take her Life from Christ. That which is of another “life” cannot be the glorious church.

When Paul said “all things become new” it was not just a cliche but referring to the fact that nothing of the old can be used to make the new [which is this church that is Christ , Himself.] This tremendous statement that Paul made in Colossians 3:1-4 where he stated that we are raised up and seated with Christ in heavenly places -far above- must be exactly accurate because this is the Word of God. Then we must ask how is it possible? God sees these things as finished facts because He sees from eternity to eternity and the end from the beginning. The church sees from the fall and our bondage to sin to redemption and hopefully on to God’s eternal purpose. We, for the most part, only see from the viewpoint of the actual history of the church.

From God’s viewpoint the church is fashioned 100 % out of Christ and contains nothing of the old Adam because that all that He will accept in His eternal dwelling places. From our viewpoint the church still contains too much of the earth and the fallen nature of Adam. The church that God sees is already without spot or wrinkle and she is holy and blameless and will be ready for the glorious presentation to His Son. We can easily see her defects and lack of Christ’s Life in her activities. It is not that the church has NOT received Christ in His fulness but that we have so many other things within us that prevents His Life from being manifest in its fulness.

Some of the scriptures evaluate the church from God’s viewpoint and indicates that the church is already made perfect “in Christ.” The “church doctrine” then assumes that nothing more needs to be accomplished to present the “glorious church” to Christ as His perfected bride. This concept must ignore quite a few scriptures that speak of going on with God and growing up into Jesus Christ. This ignores the putting off of the old nature and the putting on of the divine nature.

Ephesians 5:25----Just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; [26] that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, [27] that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.

This refers to the “washing of the ‘rhema’ or the word of God. While the Laver speaks to us of the “logos” it is really the rhema [water] or the spoken Word is the now word that cleanses us.

The “cleansing” that is referred in Ephesians 5:26 is the process of removing the filth of this world and the fallen nature of man. [This of course follows the forgiveness of sins by the blood.] “Washing” refers to a subtraction of all that is unacceptable and not an addition. Man’s wrong concept insists upon an addition before there is a subtraction. We listen to this “gospel of the free ride” and determine that we do not need cleansed by the washing of water with the Word {rhema} because we have had our sins forgiven by the blood. There seems to be a conflict between what the blood does and what the Word { rhema} does. Those who think they have no need of the cleansing by the water of the Word are either ignorant or deceived.

1 John 5:6 This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. [7] And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is the truth. [8] For there are three that bear witness, the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

To ignore one or the other is a great mistake! Thank God for the blood, we all need it, but does that eliminate our need for the water.

John 19:33] but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs; [34] but one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water. We all know that the “shedding of blood” is for our forgiveness of sins but what is provided by this “shedding of water” after Jesus was dead? The water must represent something that was released within the Word of God that was suddenly made available to mankind. This must provide for us “the washing of water by the Word of God” for our cleansing.

The Logos that became flesh is now released as the Rhema so that all His sheep can hear His voice, receive the now word and be cleansed.

Ephesians 5:26- 27 must become the church’s history within the church age. Since redemption was already achieved by His death, this “water” may also apply to His Life becoming available to us.

Relying upon forgiveness by the blood may get us to “heaven” but it

requires the washing of water with the Word {Rhema} for the glorious presentation. A good portion of the visible church will accept redemption through the blood but reject any further cleansing by the Word. We can sit under good doctrine and not be changed but the Rhema demands action and obedience or we may be listed as the lawless.

A large part of our failure as “ministers” is that we preach the “Logos” rather than the “Rhema” and little cleansing takes place. Men speak while the Lord is silent and we wonder why the church doesn’t change. It is the Living Word of God that produces “life” in those who respond in obedience. Even if we minister the Rhema it still requires a response of obedience in those who hear before they are washed by the Word.. Even the sword of the Spirit is the Rhema of God. The logos is wonderful but it is still not the sword of the Spirit.

In all our preaching and Bible studies we have received so much knowledge and information. It is not a matter of “if it is right or wrong or good or evil” but what is the source of our knowledge. Is it from the Rhema or from the Logos? Is it just outward knowledge or is it inward revelation.

There can be a lot of preaching but very little Word of God. The growth and cleansing of the church is totally dependent upon the Lord’s speaking directly to us. It seems to me that one of the unique privileges of the church is to hear His Voice, His Rhema, at least from the minister.

Jesus clearly said that His sheep will hear His Voice. We should ask what went wrong. My thought is that hearing His voice should be the major focus of our prayer. Our Prayer should be: Lord bring me to that place where I can clearly hear your voice. Those who have never heard His voice within have probably never sought God diligently and sincerely ask Him to speak to them.

This has seriously hindered the subjective work of God in us and limits God’s grace to us, which in turn limits our growth and perfection in Christ.

The other problem with hearing His voice is that He speaks from between the cherubim in the Most Holy Place. If we are content to listen from the Outer Court there is a possibility that we will never hear anything. Especially if He speaks in a clear small voice.

While the blood deals with sin and forgiveness, the church will be seriously lacking if she doesn’t participate in His Life, Zoe! Calvary must also provide for the impartation of His resurrection Life, Zoe. Those who only emphasize the blood are offended when we mention something in addition to forgiveness of sins at Calvary. This offence causes the church much harm because it leaves the church forgiven but unchanged.

Unless the Word of God extracts something from us as it washes us, we retain the very reason for the washing of water with the Word. It is the old fallen things that is supposed to be removed so everything becomes new. The Rhema, the Word of Jesus Christ spoken to us, is Spirit and it is Life. There must be His Life imparted with His Word to produce His Life in us. While His Word informs us, it is His Life that first touches us and then changes us as we respond.

To get offended by either His Life or His Word will cause us eternal loss. The Lord has designed His Word, Rhema, to restore and recover “the church” to His Eternal Purpose. To lightly consider the Word of God, and be indifferent to do it and to be obedient, is such a serious mistake that it is impossible to evaluate the eternal loss.

I and many others have confused “spiritual knowledge” with “spiritual growth”.

We think that if we know, then we are what we know. However, spiritual growth is not a matter of participating in the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” but a matter of eating from the Tree of Life.

Perfect knowledge will purchase us very little in the Kingdom of God while a prefect Life is highly regarded by God.

I have noticed some confusion about the “body of Christ” and the “bride of Christ”

in these last studies. It is assumed that the body of Christ is also the bride of Christ and that the body of Christ on earth has it’s future secured in Heaven and in eternity. The distinction may not be so clear but let us try to clarify it.

The body of Christ is now on earth and we can follow it’s history throughout the ages. The bride of Christ will only be recognized in glory as the ONE prepared and perfected to be presented to Jesus Christ to become His wife. She is the ONE who is radiant with His Glory and clothed with fine linen garments. Today all who are part of “the church in preparation” are included in His body. He is therefore disciplining, testing, trying, purging, cleansing and preparing His body to become “The Church” He is building, which is His bride and His wife for all eternity. Those who have come to this “perfection” will be presented to Him as the “glorious church” without spot or wrinkle, holy and blameless. To teach that all this takes place when we are born again is a great disservice to the church.

While it may seem that we put so much emphasis upon the spiritual life and development of the church, in the inner life, we don’t want to neglect the divine calling and the objective work of the church in its outward function during the church age. I am sure both are necessary for the perfection of the church.

Our character development is certainly essential but “faith without that inner work” is not complete. While the greater part of the book of Ephesians focuses upon the spiritual life and maturity of the church there is the summation of the work and calling of the church in Chapter 6.

Since most of us have been bombarded by teaching on spiritual warfare, I want to include in this study some obvious things about our calling to deal with God’s enemies.

A few years ago a few pastors took some days for prayer and fasting and this discussion came up and I listened to several theories about pulling down strong holds

and disarming principalities and powers. Over the years we have done our share of yelling at the devil and calling him names. We , in our church, have cast out countless demons and tried to discern the strong man over our area. However, I want to put all this in perspective of this study of the body of Christ and the glorious church.

The first thing that we discern about the armor of God and the schemes of the devil is that there is obviously a mighty battle raging and those who are ill prepared will be taken captive. Many theories and some wild and strange teaching has resulted from these scriptures in Eph 6:10-20.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, 15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

First we need to assembly some facts about this battle that is between the church and Satan’s hierarchy of fallen angels and demons, principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness that make up his army. We need to ask:

Was Jesus Christ’s victory completely decisive and was the battle completely won? Has He been given ALL authority over both heaven and earth? That answer is YES!

Is there still other victories to be won over Satan? The answer must be NO if Christ completely defeated Satan at Calvary? Then what is all this armor for? If we examine the armor it is clear that the armor is defensive and not necessarily offensive. The exhortation is not to attack the enemy and defeat him but to “stand firm”. Since the enemy is already defeated, the church must maintain and enforce the victory of Calvary. The devil is shooting flaming arrows and the church is to put on the corporate armor and stand firm. Don’t give up any ground and resist every attack! This is not an exhortation to attack the enemy and defeat him! It is an exhortation to hold on to the victory that we already have and to pray for the saints who are under attack.

Others have pointed out that all the armor is defensive except the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. When Jesus was attacked in the wilderness by Satan, He used the Word of God as a defensive weapon but did not attack the devil in an offensive way. He defended Himself but did not violently attack Satan and pull him down and humiliate him then at that time. Jesus’ total victory must wait for Calvary. It was at Calvary that Satan was humiliated and soundly defeated.

As the “Son of God” it would have been no contest but as the son of man it was the greatest of victories and the first defeat for Authentic Man. Satan was totally “overcome” at Calvary by Jesus Christ and it is probably a big mistake for us to try to duplicate His victory through our own feeble power. However, we can enter into His victory and see to it that His victory is enforced upon this earth and declare His total authority over both heaven and earth.

This is probably theologically sound but there are a few scriptures that leave some doubt that total victory was realized.

1Corinthian 15:23] But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming, [24] then comes the end, when He delivers up the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. [25] For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. [26] The last enemy that will be abolished is death. [27] For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. 1 John 2:13] I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. [14] I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

While the victory at Calvary was decisive and final from heaven’s viewpoint there is still the history of the church on earth. Christ won a total victory but now He is ruling UNTIL every enemy is put under His feet.

Since His feet are in His Body this obviously refers to “His body enforcing His victory on earth” and not trying to win the victory all over again. If Christ has totally overcome the evil one why does it say that the “young men” have overcome the evil one? Again I think it means that heaven is satisfied in the victory and has declared Jesus Christ to be the winner but now we still have the history of the church on earth. The “young men” are strong and the “logos” of God abides in them and they have enforced the victory of Calvary upon the evil one and overcame him.

Jesus overcame the world plus sin and death but now “in history” and experientially His church must also overcome the world , sin and death. We of course have a great advantage because of Christ in us working His purpose out in us.

1 John 5:4] For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith. [5] And who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Jesus has overcome the world and now we participate in His victory by exercising our faith. The church must present a solid front in resisting Satan, the world and the flesh. There must have been a very important reason why God left the devil, the fallen angels and the demons on this earth during the church age. There is! Overcoming the forces of darkness is all part of our “perfection” and part of our “on the job training” for eternity.

Psalms 8:1 O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Thy name in all the earth, Who hast displayed Thy splendor above the heavens! [2] From the mouth of infants and nursing babes Thou hast established strength, Because of Thine adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.

The rest of the Psalm identifies this is clearly speaking about man. Hebrews 2 also identifies man as fulfilling these scriptures. God has given man [and now the church] this work of causing the adversaries, the enemies and the revengeful to cease their activities on earth.

We could easily misinterpret why God has assigned us this work of overcoming. The fact is that the MAN Christ Jesus has gained total victory and now all the church must do is use His name and enforce His victory over these principalities and powers. It is not a matter of attacking but of guarding and enforcing. Too much time has been lost trying to defeat Satan instead of trusting in the Lord and remembering and then enforcing His victory upon the forces of darkness. This is now a matter of the Kingdom of God casting out the kingdom of Satan and his demons.

Matthew 12:28] "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

One of the manifestations of the Kingdom is spiritual warfare and the neutralizing of the kingdom of darkness. Where ever the Kingdom of God is manifest, Satan cannot stand in that place and must flee to some other place. The church’s work is to release the power and authority of the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ upon this earth. The church’s work is NOT to assume a power and authority of its own. This has been a problem within certain emphases. Men trying to share “their authority” with others by the laying on of hands. If we tap into HIS AUTHORITY we won’t need any other authority. If Christ becomes our armor, the fiery darts of the enemy will have no effect.

Ephesians 3:8] To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, [9] and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things; [10] in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. [11] This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Bringing the revelation of the mystery about Christ’s total and complete victory over Satan to his subordinates now has been assigned to the church and is part of God’s eternal purpose.

Psalm 149:5 Let the godly ones exult in glory; Let them sing for joy on their beds. [6] Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, [7] To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishment on the peoples; [8] To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron; [9] To execute on them the judgment written; This is an honor for all His godly ones. Praise the LORD!

Those who assume it is enough to be saved have failed to recognize the work assigned to the church to deal with God’s enemies until they are all subjected to His Authority and are under His feet.

Saddam Hussein was soundly defeated in the first gulf war but still insisted upon ruling over Iraq and continued to threaten the world. Most of the world just put up with him much like the church puts up with Satan and his threats.

It is imperative that we understand the origin of the “church” which is “His body”or we may get discouraged by seeing the “visible church” and confuse that with what Christ is building.

Much of our criticism of the visible church today could be reduced if we saw the “church which He is building” is made entirely out of Christ. What man is “building” is not the glorious church! Nothing that originates on this earth can be used to build the glorious church and everything of earth must be left behind.

The difficulty is in discerning that which is at the present time invisible to us but visible to God. If we are just looking at that which is natural, visible and outward we will certainly be disgusted. The glorious church MUST be built out of “the inner man who is the image of Him who created him.” The natural and the outward man will remain on this earth and can never be built into the New Jerusalem. The church He is building cannot be made of “humans” who are just wood, hay and straw.

Still, it not just the “spirit, inner man” that is already in His image [but not yet mature] that must be “built up” but cleansings of the soul of man is also involved in man’s perfection.

It is NOT that the “visible church” does not have Christ but that she has a lot of things that are NOT Christ. Those are the things that God is at work removing from us. That portion that is “raised up and seated with Christ in heavenly places ” is Christ in us. That portion that is left behind is of the Old Adam.

Colossians 3:1 If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [2] Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. [3] For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. [4] When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

Our goal is Galatians 2:20] "I have been crucified with Christ; and it

is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.

To assume that everything has already taken place and there is nothing more to be done except wait for Jesus to break through the clouds and take us to His throne is a serious mistake of ministers! That is although from God’s viewpoint it is already been accomplished. Our problem is that we will be judged according God’s Standards by our actual history while in this body.

If everything was accomplished at Calvary and all we have to do is just believe, there are a series of five warnings in the Book of Hebrews that have become irrelevant.


The goal of the original creation of man is the glorious presentation of God's finished product to His Son Jesus Christ. How do we identify what that means from the scripture? While the statement is simple, the identification of what that means is not. In order to recognize the magnitude of God's finished plan it is necessary to examine several pictures that God presents to us in the scriptures.

The basic scripture we are using for this question is found in :

Ephesians 5:25 as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; 26 that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.

This is what we are referring to as "the glorious presentation". At first glance this would appear to be the final goal of God's eternal plan. From this statement we could begin to speak about the bride of Christ and her specific preparations for this eternal moment.

However, we cannot arrive at a clear viewpoint from one picture. Is this then just a metaphor that speaks of a reality but is not the exact reality itself? Of course this is an eternal fact but is just one viewpoint in looking at the eternal fact. For example: The New Jerusalem has 12 gates the same as the earthly Jerusalem. If you look in one gate you just get one view of the city. In order to just get a full peripheral view it would be necessary to carefully look into the city through every one of the 12 gates. This still would not give us any idea of the central control system or government of the city. Particularly if the city was 1500 miles by 1500 miles by 1500 miles, as is the New Jerusalem. In that same way God's eternal purpose must be seen from many different viewpoints but His Eternal Viewpoint must be seen by passing through the City.

Of course one of the final views will be the New Jerusalem as seen in Revelation 21 and 22. In addition to that view will be the other parts in the Tabernacle of God. The glorious presentation will have a partial fulfillment as seen in:

Revelation 19:6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude and as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. 7 "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready."8 And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright {and} clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 And he *said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'" And he *said to me, "These are true words of God.

"Both the bride and the invited guests are all part of the fulfillment of God’s Eternal Purpose.

In addition to these pictures, there are several pictures in the scriptures that give us clues how God is going to bring about His final goals. In other words, there is a process by which God brings us to His Eternal Goals. These processes are seen as types and shadows that reveal how God arrives at His goals. Some of the metaphors that are used are as listed below.

(1) A building (2) A house (3) A body (4) A church (5) A temple (6) A tabernacle (7) A field (8) A tower (9) A city (10) An army (11) A Kingdom (12) A family (13) A bride (14) A race.

Each of these types provides just a small vision of God's completed and Eternal Work. If we add one to the other, line on line, we will get a clearer view but not a complete view. The vocabulary of words will fail long before we can describe the end of God's final and Eternal Work. The indication is that it will be glorious. But exactly what does it mean to be "glorious"? The scripture says:

Hebrews 2:10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.

What then does it mean to bring many sons to "GLORY"? First there are many levels and degrees of glory. There is the glory of the world. There is the glory of man. Man receives glory from man. There is the glory of stars and another glory of the sun. Above all other glories there is the Glory of God, Himself. It is not so difficult to define these other glories but to define the magnitude of the Glory of God is beyond human language. Since we have not seen it, we cannot describe it. Even if we saw something of His Glory we still could not describe it. God told Moses that he could not see the glory of God and still live.

Exodus 33:18 Then Moses said, "I pray Thee, show me Thy glory!" 19 And He said, "I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion." 20 But He said, "You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!" 21 Then the Lord said, "Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand {there} on the rock; 22 and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. 23 "Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen."

If we beheld God's glory while in this fallen state it would be fatal.

From this revelation it is clear that if God is going to bring His sons into His glory, His sons will have to undergo a tremendous change. If God's glory speaks of God's person or of His character and perfection, it is clear that man would have to come to a perfection far above what we are now. Therefore, God is at work in us to change us and perfect us to be like Himself.

2Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,

2Timothy2:10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus {and} with {it} eternal glory.

2Thessilonians H 2:14 And it was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. God's plan is not only that we see His glory but that we obtain that same glory.

Jude 1:24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,

When we speak about the "GLORIOUS CHURCH" it means all the members of His body have obtained to some measure of the glory of God. They were transformed from glory to glory. This is not an imputed glory that is obtained by faith but is an experiential glory that has come through suffering and the work of God, subjectively, in the member. It is true that God saved us so that we might obtain the glory of God but it is not automatic as some teach.

Romans 8:17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with {Him} in order that we may also be glorified with {Him.}.

One of the terms that is used is "the church" that He is Building. This Church is

Not visible! This is not the visible “church” that men are building!

Jesus said MAT 16:18 "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.

This church will be "the glorious church". The word "church" has come to mean different things to different people. The actual word that is translated "church" is "ekklesia". This means "the called out ones". Those who stand separate from the rest. A separated group. The Roman army was called an "ekklesia". An "ekklesia" had a governmental head with authority and sovereign leader. This doesn't just refer to a group that have had their sins forgiven but also who have assembled together and separated themselves with others for a purpose. The purpose stated is to battle the gates of Hades.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Workmanship means "God's own skillful work". It could be said that "We are God's masterpiece". The crowning glory of His greatest work. This speaks of much more than God's mercy in forgiving our sins. It speaks of a subjective work of perfecting us into His own image, likeness, character, nature and personality. It speaks of transforming our attitudes, ambitions, goals and perspectives to harmonize with His own, which are Perfect.

Since God doesn't force His will or His way upon us, we must submit to every

change He desires. Those who resist His will and His way will suffer eternal loss. Those who willingly yield to His guidance and His desires will be perfected for the day of Christ. Even God will not accept a defective, stubborn and unchanged member to be the glorious bride for Jesus Christ. However, they may inherit the New Earth.

Romans 8:14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, ( and only these) are sons of God. These are the "many sons that He will bring to glory". In the metaphor of the "family", God will have a multitude of children but these should not be confused with the mature sons whom He will bring to glory.

We could compare the full grown and glorious church with the full grown and mature "many sons" that He will bring to glory. We could also say that the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21 is His Masterpiece of all of the wonders of God's creation. It is full of the glory of God and manifests the fullness of His glory.

Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. 23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp {is} the Lamb. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.

John 17:24 "Father, I desire that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am, in order that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me; for Thou didst love Me before the foundation of the world.

Romans 5:2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.

2Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

Ephesians 5:27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.

Phillippians 3:21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

Colossians 1:27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

1Thessiloins 2:12 so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

2Thessilions 2:14 And it was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2Timothy 2:10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus {and} with {it} eternal glory.

1Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen {and} establish you.

Jude 1:24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,

To attain to the glory of God is certainly not automatic. This requires a deep and continuous work of God in our lives and represents the process of God's discipline.

Hebrews 12:6 For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He scourges

every son whom He receives. " 7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom {his} father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?

Hebrews 12:10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He {disciplines us} for {our} good, that we may share His holiness.

There is a certain self-satisfaction in the visible church that assumes that God is satisfied and finished with His glorious work and His masterpiece when our sins are forgiven. However, when we see the New Jerusalem we should be curious to understand how the city became so beautiful and transparent. This city is built out of living stones.

1Peter 2:4 And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

1Corinthians 3:12 Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is {to be} revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work.

These "living stones" have been quarried out of the slime pits of this earth as stones that are of irregular shapes and strange sizes. After they are blasted out of this world they still must be cut and fit and perfected to be suitable for their place in the Eternal City. These earthly and opaque living stones must also be made transparent and transformed into gold and precious stones. The reason is so that the stones will not hinder the Glory of God from shining through to illuminate the nations of the New Earth.

1Kings 6:7 And the house, while it was being built, was built of stone prepared at the quarry, and there was neither hammer nor axe nor any iron tool heard in the house while it was being built.

This scripture is referring to the material that was being gathered for the temple

of Solomon. David prepared all the material but was not permitted to build the temple.

First they had to quarry the stone from the pit. Then each stone was cut and fit at the quarry before it was taken to the temple site. When the actual construction began no more work was done on the material. Every piece was perfectly fit before it was brought to the temple site. The workman had to have an exact plan and a dimension for every piece and they had to prepare every piece for that particular place. The stones were not cut to an approximate size and then finally cut to fit when it was installed into the wall.

We are now just rough stones blasted out of the slime pits of this world. If we fail

to yield to the stone cutter now how will we fit into God's house in the day of Christ? Those who are waiting for His final work to take place after the catching up will be sadly disappointed. He is just catching up the material that is already cut and fit and perfected. Since the whole city is transparent, He will not accept material that is still opaque.

This is why the city is the masterpiece of all of God's creation. Solomon's temple was surely glorious but nothing in his temple could compare with the glory of the New Jerusalem. Nothing in Solomon's temple was made of transparent gold. Solomon's temple and Moses' tabernacle were just a type and shadow of the real Tabernacle of God seen in Revelation 21.

Now to further see the glory, we need to see this masterpiece is not just a city but

is the wife of the Lamb and His bride. This Eternal City is also His perfected body, the glorious church. To assume that every born again child of God is automatically perfected when they are forgiven of their sins is gross ignorance. They are just a rough cut stone ready to be cut and fit for their eternal destiny. To teach that the thief on the cross is part of that Eternal City is foolishness. The thief may be on the New Earth or maybe in the New Heaven but certainly not in the New Jerusalem. There was no time for the hammer of God to fall on him and perfect him to fit into that Eternal City. Paradise in the old testament is not the same thing as the Eternal Paradise of Revelation 22.

Stones that refuse to be cut, fit and made transparent in the quarry will be left in the quarry as far as the New Jerusalem and the bride is concerned. They may be cut and fit during the great tribulation but they will have to fit somewhere else.

God has to take that which is natural, opaque, temporal, of a crooked shape and ugly and refashion it until it becomes spiritual, eternal, transparent, beautiful and perfect. When Jesus Christ said "I will build My church" He meant no one else could possibly do it. Paul could plant and another water but God still had to cause the growth. The best that man can do is co-operate with God and work with Him. The glorious church is and always will be “His masterpiece”.

Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.

2Corinthians 4:17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not

at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

1Peter 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 that the proof of your faith, {being} more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

Do not under estimate the necessity for trials and suffering in the final work of preparation of the glorious church.

Many of the women in the scriptures are pictures and types of the church in her various purposes and preparations. Of course we can't look at all of these women in this study and investigate their characteristics as they apply to the church. However, it is profitable to look at Eve in Genesis, the church in Ephesians. 5, the woman in Revelation 12, the bride in Revelation 19 and the wife in Revelation 21. Rebekah, Ester and others are good pictures of how the church is prepared while these five are pictures of God's subjective work in the fulfillment of His Eternal Purpose.

This study will focus primarily upon the glorious church and Her presentation to Jesus Christ as His Eternal spouse and companion. Because the visible church has focused so much upon the acceptance of sinners through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary, this larger goal has been neglected. The salvation of sinners focuses primarily upon solving the problem of man in his fallen state. Of course without the salvation of sinners there are not candidates for the Glorious Church. Salvation is primary but the Glorious Church is the goal. The two, salvation and the Glorious Church, are not necessarily the same thing, as much of the visible church has implied. Even the Invisible Church in all her Glory is not the final goal of full salvation. The glorious church must be seen in relationship with God's eternal purpose to have a man to rule over all the works of God's hands. That Man is the Lord Jesus Christ. The Glorious Church must have her function in Eternity in relationship with Him. It is here that the woman is seen as the wife of the Lamb. In Revelation 21 the wife of the Lamb is seen as a great city. This is revealed as the location of the throne of God and the throne of the Lamb. Or we could say the New Jerusalem is the ground zero of the Kingdom of God, the eternal government of God. Here, again, we have more pictures presented that speak of different aspects of the fulfillment of God's Eternal Purpose.

The bride and wife along with the Bridegroom speak of relationship and spiritual development and perfection. It is a family with sons coming to maturity. An intimate corporate group joined to one husband, the Lord Jesus Christ, so that the two have become one.

Romans 7 reveals this joining with Jesus Christ is for the purpose of bringing forth spiritual children.

Romans 7:4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for God.

The Eternal City speaks of God’s Kingdom, His government, His laws, His King, (Queen) ,rulers, citizens, gates and the headquarters of the decision! This City is making the process of Government throughout all of Eternity. The specific characteristics of the Eternal City speak of the perfection and completion of God's Eternal Purpose and the finished work of God in the bride of Christ. The city is transparent and constructed of pure gold and very precious and costly stones. Since the Eternal City is transparent, it shows the work of God in removing all that is hidden and opaque. Since the Eternal City is the bride, the wife of the Lamb, it speaks of the absolute perfection of the church that is His body. It also speaks of the intimacy of a husband and wife relationship.

Each time we speak of the Eternal Purpose of God it is necessary to go back to the very beginning to understand not just how it all began but why it all began. When God created all things it was for His definite Eternal Purpose. Creation has to do with design, purpose, desire, goal, plan, determination, origination and initiation. We will surely miss God's heart in the creation if we just focus upon the redemption that has come through Jesus Christ. Redemption is for the purpose of restoration and is remedial to solve the problem of man's fall and is to ultimately recover man to God's original purpose.

Restoration (salvation) is designed to completely renew man to all that was lost. However, in addition to that there is still God's original purpose for creating man in the first place. What God did not obtain through Adam and Eve, He will obtain through Christ and the Glorious Church. Redemption has to do with man's need because of the fall. The completion of God's purpose has to do with "His need" that was expressed in the original creation.

Eve speaks of the woman in prophesy and in purpose. She was created for the man and was given dominion with the man to rule over the earth and subdue the earth. The man was Adam who is a picture of Him who was to come, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ was first given all power and authority over everything on the earth just like the first Adam. This was preceding Calvary. In addition to that, following the resurrection, He was given like power over heaven also.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

The authority was given to Adam and was transferred to Eve so that she shared Adam's authority. Now all authority has been given to Jesus Christ and He has transferred His authority to us so that we may share Christ's authority over the earth.

It appears that originally the authority over the earth was given to Satan. However, Satan corrupted his authority and he lost his God given authority. Satan was like a dethroned king who just continued to rule as he once did in the world before this one. As far as Satan was concerned nothing had changed and he would continue to exercise authority over the earth. All he had to do was to cause man and the woman to sin.

God could have squashed Satan like a bug in a moment of time. However, God had a better plan that would also include man and the perfection man for God's Eternal Purpose.

God had decided to create man and give him rulership and dominion over the restored earth. The problem was that God didn't remove Satan or lock him up. He was free to roam on the earth and to exercise his counterfeit authority over the earth. He was restored to the earth dimension with the earth when it emerged out of the water. All the fallen angels also came out of the water.

Now there was an instant conflict on the earth. Man had God given authority to rule over the earth. Satan had no authority but still continued to act like he did. Satan was a beautiful and powerful being of angelic dimension. He was spirit and was full of wisdom. Surely God would have to create man much more powerful and with greater wisdom if man was going to conquer and subdue the earth and rule over it in opposition to Satan.

But look what God did! He took some dirt and fashioned it into the form of a man. Since man's realm and rulership was going to be the earth, God took earth to make man. God breathed into that sculpture of dirt and the man became a living soul. It is certain that this man was no match for Satan and all his experience at deception in the world before this one that was sank into the water.

Adam was made in God's image and likeness but he was just innocent and without

experience in this world system. That whole system was functioning under Satan and his demons along with the fallen angels before that would was sank into the water. Surely God's plan was doomed to failure. The first man, Adam, did fail and fell from the purpose of God. However, God's purpose was just beginning and God was looking to His final completion of His Original Purpose. The fall of man didn’t alter God’s original plan even if it delayed it. Everything was still moving forward and God was not discouraged with Genesis 3.

Satan was in a position where he had to resist everything that man set out to do but in his resisting he was actually perfecting the man who was obedient to God’s Word. This way he could “grow up” to fulfill God's eternal purpose.

Anybody who set out to fulfill God's purpose and to bring joy to God's heart came

into direct conflict with Satan and his enemies of mankind. Satan made them suffer for his obedience in siding with God and His purpose. But in the suffering God was perfecting man and preparing man for His eternal destiny. The more Satan persecuted man, the more man was perfected and moved closer to God's and His Eternal Purpose.

Under the Old Covenant Satan's work was much easier and it looked as if God's

purpose was being disrupted and even made void. Why? None of the Old Covenant men was able to come to perfection.

However, with the coming of the next Man, the Son of Man, The second Adam, Satan was in deep trouble because his former methods did not work. Jesus Christ is real and is completely human ( the perfect man ) but was of a different realm, not having been born into the fallen nature of Adam.

Satan tried all his tricks and temptations but he was not able to prevail. Satan made Jesus to suffer to the ultimate of death, even death on the cross. Still Jesus overcame and God raised Him from the dead by resurrection. Now He is now at the right hand of God and is at this very moment ruling until He has put every enemy under His feet. God has acquired the Man He always wanted.

Jesus is the fulfillment of what God wanted in the first Adam. However, it is still not good that this new man be alone. This is where the new Eve comes in. What God intended for the first woman He is going to obtain through the Church, which He is building, which is His body.

Now God's desire is to bring many sons to that same place and to that same glory as His only begotten Son. These "many sons" are the overcomers of Revelation 21! These perfected saints are also the Eternal City which is the wife of the Lamb. In Rev. 21 we see several types and pictures coming together to reveal God's Eternal Purpose.

As "man" Jesus fulfilled God's original purpose. As "man" Jesus became the last

Adam. He was a real “man” because through man sin entered into the world and death through sin, Jesus had to become a real man in order to conquer sin and overcome death and render powerless him who had the power of death, the devil.

As the "son of man" Jesus was without the fallen nature of first Adam and was not born as a sinner. As the "Son of man" Jesus, because He was the Son of God, could qualify as the sinless and perfect sacrificial Lamb that could take away sin and perfect those who had faith in Him. In Jesus Christ we see the perfect man and the perfect sacrifice that provides for the many sons that God will bring to the same glory. As the resurrected and ascended “Son of man” who had already lived as perfect man, He could direct the work to perfect all those who draw near to God through Him. The many sons brought to the same glory as the Lord Jesus Christ is also the Glorious Church, the second Eve.

In the same way there was a first Adam and a first Eve, there is also the second

Adam , who was real man, and the second woman. The second Man is the Lord Jesus Christ and the second woman is pictured as this woman of Ephesians 5:26. She is the woman in Revelation 19, and Revelation 21. The woman in Revelation 12 is also a fulfillment of the first Eve but is different than what we see of the woman in these other pictures.

In Revelation 12 the woman is not the perfected bride of Christ but is the visible church who gives birth to the man-child, who is the overcomers who fulfill the plan of God and make up the New Jerusalem.

Revelation 12:5 And she gave birth to a son, a male {child}, who is to rule all the

nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne.

Revelation 2:26 'And he who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations; 27 and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received {authority} from My Father;

In addition to the overcomers there are also the two remnants that go into the great tribulation but will be saved out of the great tribulation. This “woman” is then seen no more.

Then we need to ask how this first woman, Eve, is a foreshadowing of the

perfected bride of Christ, the wife of the Lamb, in Revelation 21?

For this we need to understand God's stated purpose for the original creation. It was to have a man and a woman to rule over the earth and everything on the earth. They were to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. They were to guard the earth and subdue the enemies of God on the earth and to rule over the earth for God and under God's sovereignty. Man had dominion over all things but not over himself. God still had dominion over the man and the woman. Man had no control over God and was granted free will to either live under the sovereignty of God or to live independently from God. All this has a direct application to us and to the church in every generation.

Jesus Christ, as the second man, begins a whole new race of mankind. He has

become the first perfected man as God's only begotten Son, but He is the first born of many sons which He will bring to glory. Now God is preparing a wife for His Son. She is the engaged bride for Christ. However, in her preparation and perfection she is also pictured as the "overcomers". All who have been "saved" are also betrothed to Christ. They still must be presented as a pure virgin to Christ.

2Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, that to Christ I might present you {as} a pure virgin.

She also must grow up in all things into Christ and be transformed into the same image as Christ in order to be presented to Christ as His glorious bride.

2Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

In other words: she must be fully perfected. All are “called out” but not all will be chosen because not all will submit to the sanctifying work of God.

2Peter 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; 11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.

Most are only interested in solving their “own problems” by the forgiveness of their sins and are not interested in fulfilling God's eternal purpose that was established before the foundation of the world and before man fell. Since much of the church has focused upon the forgiveness of sins and God's salvation from “hell” it has failed to focus upon "why" God has saved us.

We must make it clear that the final purpose of God's great salvation is the glorious presentation of the perfected church to Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

The primary salvation from Hell through the forgiveness of sins is preached as the total package of "salvation".

Hebrews 12:4 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; 5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, Nor faint when you are reproved by Him; 6 For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He scourges every son whom He receives. 7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom {his} father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He {disciplines us} for {our} good, that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

The imputed righteousness that comes to us through faith in Jesus Christ declares us righteous until God works experiential righteousness into our lives through the discipline of God. Some will not endure the discipline or submit to God's correction and therefore they are not trained by the discipline and will suffer eternal loss. This doesn't mean they will loose their primary salvation but they will certainly suffer loss in regard to their final salvation, God's eternal purpose and the New Jerusalem. They may inherit the New Earth or the New Heaven in the Eternity of God. These may be present to witness the Marriage of the Lamb in Revelation 19. They may qualify as a guest at the wedding feast.

If we are to SHARE God's holiness it requires that we submit to the discipline of God. The counterfeit "holiness" which is designed by man means to imitate some concept of outward "holiness" by dress! All this is fruitless and certainly a waste of time. However, it gives those who submit to it a fleshly confidence that they are "holy" because they have conformed to some earthy standard that has nothing to do with SHARING God's holiness.

When we study the New Jerusalem and it’s transparency we see the reality of God's discipline and His subjective work in us conforming us to His own image. The New Jerusalem does not come to that perfection simply because the believer has participated in the primary salvation, which is just the entrance into the grace of God. God's grace includes the severe discipline of God and the rest of God's transforming work in us. The picture is seen in the precious stones that make up the New Jerusalem.

The study of the New Jerusalem is the study of God's Eternal Purpose in the final fulfillment of Church History.

Genesis 1 & 2 is God's eternal purpose in His own Bible prophesy. Adam and Eve are prophetic and speak of Christ and His bride and later His wife. The bride is first seen in reality in:

Revelation 19:7 "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright {and} clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 And he *said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'" And he *said to me, "These are true words of God."

The wife is seen in reality following the Millennium.

Revelation 21:9 And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues, came and spoke with me, saying, "Come here, I shall show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.

In order to see the perfection of the New Jerusalem it is necessary to distinguish

between the "bride" and the "wife". In the natural, bride is for a day while wife is for the rest of your life. The wedding feast is for a day but the routine of marriage goes on the rest of your life. The wedding feast is seen in Revelation 19 and the bride appears! But the wife appears in Revelation 21 following the millennial reign of Jesus Christ. There appears to be 1000 years between the bride and the wife.

It is obvious that the natural example can only be partially used to explain spiritual things. However, if we add the bible concept that 1000 years is as one day everything thing corresponds well. The wedding feast is for 1000 years in earth's time which is only a day in heaven's time.

One interpretation of this is that the wife is gaining valuable experience in ruling

during the millennium. She has on her pure white and beautiful garments in Revelations 19, which were woven by her righteous acts! We see that she had made herself ready! However, we do not yet see the wife of the Lamb, which is the New Jerusalem, until we see her in Revelation 21. Since this follows the marriage feast, which lasts for 1000 years, we presume there is still some history of the bride unfolding and developing during the millennial reign. This seems necessary to me to produce the Perfection of the New Jerusalem.

When we understand the tremendous glory and beauty and perfection of the New Jerusalem, which is the sanctified, glorified, consecrated and perfected church, we wonder how she got that way, since most do not resemble that perfection by the time they leave this earth. However, the beautiful and pure white linen garments, which are the righteous acts of the saints, can be understood. This seems to be acceptable to Jesus for His bride but to fulfill God's Eternal Purpose on earth ! But then to become His Wife for Eternity the perfection of Revelation 21 is necessary. While this appears to be confusing there seems to be a difference in perfection between Revelation 19 and Revelation 21.

Now we should see the necessity of searching for understanding of what the beauty, perfection and glory of the New Jerusalem really means. Since the Tabernacle of Moses is a picture for us of the Tabernacle of God, we can gain some insight into the uniqueness of the Most Holy Place which corresponds to the New Jerusalem. The Bible say that the way into the Holiest “was not known while the earthly and temporary tabernacle stood.” This is also true of the various temples that followed which were served by the priesthood after the order of Aaron. This was only an earthly priesthood which was temporary and was just for Israel.

The Tabernacle of God, which is eternal, is served by the Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek, which is the only Eternal Priesthood. This is the Priesthood of the Kingdom of God.

What does that mean to us? Since the way into the Holiest was only made for us after Calvary, we understand that the New Jerusalem is reserved for the New Covenant saint that has overcome and come to the perfection of that city.

Revelation 21:7 "He who overcomes shall inherit these things, (The New Jerusalem) and I will be his God and he will be My son.

The simple conclusion that we can draw from that is that those who do not “overcome” will not inherit the New Jerusalem. They may still inherit the New Earth or possibly the New Heaven by simply believing and participating in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and being faithful. The Old Testament saints will be accepted into the New Earth or possibly into the New Heaven by their faith and expectation of the sacrifice of their Messiah. This was depicted in the sacrifices of the Old Covenants. However, their cleansing was limited to the blood of bulls and goats which could not take away sin but could make them acceptable to God by faith.

For example; John the Baptist was one of the greatest of the old Testament saints but the least in the Kingdom of God (The New Jerusalem) is greater than he. Why? He was only born of woman. We are born of God!

Matthew 11:11 "Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen {anyone} greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

The word here that is translated "least" is the word "mikros" and means small or little and has reference to rank or influence. Those who have qualified for the New Jerusalem will have a higher rank than John the Baptist who has qualified for the highest rank of those in the New Heaven. John was born of woman but was not born again by God because he died before the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Those who have qualified for the New Earth will walk in the light that is proceeding from the New Jerusalem.

Revelation 21:23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp {is} the Lamb. 24 And the nations ( those who are saved) shall walk by its light, and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it.

These are the “kings who are reigning on the earth” are those who have been faithful and in faith have become the Bride of Christ! They come back to earth in Revelation 19 and will reign over the earth for 1000 years. If they are faithful in their ruling they may qualify to rule as the wife of the Lamb and have their citizenship in the New Jerusalem. Therefore, they can enter into that realm of the Glorious Church.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.

Much of the visible church is not aware of the great blessing it will be to enter into that great city of God. They are just preparing to enter into the present heaven and to be guests at the wedding feast. That was the City that Abraham was seeking when he left Ur of the Caldeans.

Hebrews 11:9 By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign

{land}, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; 10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Hebrews 11:39 And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

This New Jerusalem, that has the glory of God, is made up of the sanctified,

consecrated, perfected, overcoming sons of God, that have grown up into Christ from just being children of God to become the mature sons of God. Even though the children of God are part of the great family of God they will not qualify as the bride of Christ.

Revelation 21:7 "He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.

Of course the children of God are "saved" and will participate in the glory of the New Earth or possibly the glory of New Heaven but still have not qualified for the New Jerusalem. In order to understand the maturity and perfection that is indicated by the term "son" and "bride" it is necessary to see the maturity and perfection of the New Jerusalem. This will take "son-ship" out of the abstract and bring it into reality of the “many sons” that are brought into His own Glory and perfected as the wife of the Lamb.

While this eternal city of God is a great mystery, we have been given several facts about it. First: It is Most Holy Place in the Tabernacle of God. Second: It is the place of the throne of God. Third: It is the Inheritance of the overcomers. Fourth: It is the bride, the wife of the Lamb. Fifth: It is the place of the glory of God. Sixth: It is transparent, pure gold, with all kinds of precious stones and pearls. Seventh: It has no temple because the Lord God, the Almighty and the Lamb as it's temple. Eighth: It will be the source of Light for the New Heaven and the New Earth. Ninth: It will be the dwelling place of those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. Tenth: The River of Life will flow from the throne of God that is located in the city. Eleventh: The Bondservants will serve Him there and see His face. Twelfth: The Lord God Himself will illuminate the bondservants, therefore they will need no other light.

In addition to these facts we see that the New Jerusalem, which is the wife of the Lamb, will descend out of heaven from God. There will be a separation between heaven and the New Jerusalem. The city has twelve gates with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. Each gate was a single pearl. It has twelve foundation stones and on them are the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. Also nothing unclean shall ever enter into that city. The standard for the measure of the city is a gold measuring rod. The city is 1500 miles by 1500 miles by 1500 miles. The city has perpetual daylight and there will be no night there. The city is the location of the Tree of Life that bears 12 kinds of fruit and is called “paradise”. The bondservants shall rule “the works of His hands” forever and forever from the New Jerusalem. I assume that will be over the New Heaven and the New Earth.

The New Jerusalem is the masterpiece of all of God's creation. This city will stand out as the wisdom and genius of God's finest workmanship. However, this workmanship may not be visible for all to see.

Isaiah 4:4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning, 5 then the Lord will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy. 6 And there will be a shelter to {give} shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.

God's manifested glory will be hidden by a cloud but the city will be like the sun

shining in it's brightness and the source of this tremendous light will be the Lord God

and the Lamb. It appears that the nations of the New Earth will be able to see this great light but not the details of the city. The heavenly Mt. Zion will be in the New Jerusalem.

Hebrews 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than {the blood} of Abel.

Mt. Zion was the place of the throne of David and Jesus will sit upon the throne of heaven, the heavenly Mt. Zion.

Isaiah 4:3 And it will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy-- everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem.

Those who are recorded for life in Jerusalem will have their name in the "Lamb's book of life". This is different than the other books or "the book of life".

Revelation 21:26 and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is {the book} of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.

Revelation 20:15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

The minimum requirement to escape the lake of fire is to have your name written in the book of life. The minimum requirement to have your citizenship in the New Jerusalem is to have your name in the "Lamb's book of life". That means those who are totally given to the Lamb and belong to Him and therefore are bondservants who belong to the New Jerusalem.

Isaiah 2:2 Now it will come about that In the last days, The mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it. 3 And many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways, And that we may walk in His paths." For the law will go forth from Zion, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 And He will judge between the nations, And will render decisions for many peoples; And they will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war.

While this is surely speaking about the Millennial reign of Christ and an earthly kingdom, there may also be a fulfillment in the eternal Kingdom.

Isaiah 60:10 "And foreigners ( Gentiles) will build up your walls, And their kings

will minister to you; For in My wrath I struck you, And in My favor I have had compassion on you. 11 "And your gates will be open continually; They will not be closed day or night, So that {men} may bring to you the wealth of the nations, With their kings led in procession. 12 "For the nation and the kingdom which will not serve you will perish, And the nations will be utterly ruined. 13 "The glory of Lebanon will come to you, The juniper, the box tree, and the cypress together, To beautify the place of My sanctuary; And I shall make the place of My feet glorious. 14 "And the sons of those who afflicted you will come bowing to you, And all those who despised you will bow themselves at the soles of your feet; And they will call you the city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. 15 "Whereas you have been forsaken and hated With no one passing through, I will make you an everlasting pride, A joy from generation to generation.

Isaiah 54:11 "O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, Behold, I will set

your stones in antimony, And your foundations I will lay in sapphires. 12 "Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies, And your gates of crystal, And your entire wall of precious stones. 13 "And all your sons will be taught of the Lord; And the well-being of your sons will be great. 14 "In righteousness you will be established; You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror, for it will not come near you. 15 "If anyone fiercely assails {you} it will not be from Me. Whoever assails you will fall because of you. 16 "Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals, And brings out a weapon for its work; And I have created the destroyer to ruin. 17 "No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me," declares the Lord.

Precious stones express beauty, magnificence, purity, clarity, strength and

harmony with God's character and His person. The great afflictions that have been common for the servants of God have an eternal benefit because that is how God is producing all these precious stones, crystal and transparent gold for the New Jerusalem, the City of God.

Isaiah 33:14 Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized the godless. " Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning? " 15 He who walks righteously, and speaks with sincerity, He who rejects unjust gain, And shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe; He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from looking upon evil; 16 He will dwell on the heights; His refuge will be the impregnable rock; His bread will be given {him;} His water will be sure. 17 Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; They will behold a far-distant land. 18 Your heart will meditate on terror: "Where is he who counts? Where is he who weighs? Where is he who counts the towers?" 19 You will no longer see a fierce people, A people of unintelligible speech which no one comprehends, Of a stammering tongue which no one understands. 20 Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts; Your eyes shall see Jerusalem an undisturbed habitation, A tent which shall not be folded, Its stakes shall never be pulled up Nor any of its cords be torn apart. ( This tent is eternal) 21 But there the majestic {One,} the Lord, shall be for us A place of rivers {and} wide canals, On which no boat with oars shall go, And on which no mighty ship shall pass-- 22 For the Lord is our judge, The Lord is our lawgiver, The Lord is our king; He will save us--

When Israel was confronted with the presence of God at Mt. Sinai they were terrified and could not go up the mountain. 28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire.

The question is this; Who can live in that consuming fire and who can live in the continual burnings. Certainly not sinners or those who are unclean, immoral, thieves or liars. Those who can live in the everlasting burnings will also see the King in all His beauty and majesty. It will be those who are experientially righteous and those who actually live the Christian life.

Isaiah 65:13 Therefore, thus says the Lord God, "Behold, My servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry. Behold, My servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty. Behold, My servants shall rejoice, but you shall be put to shame. 14 "Behold, My servants shall shout joyfully with a glad heart, But you shall cry out with a heavy heart, And you shall wail with a broken spirit. 15 "And you will leave your name for a curse to My chosen ones, And the Lord God will slay you. But My servants will be called by another name. 16 "Because he who is blessed in the earth Shall be blessed by the God of truth; And he who swears in the earth Shall swear by the God of truth; Because the former troubles are forgotten, And because they are hidden from My sight! 17 "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18 "But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem {for} rejoicing, And her people {for} gladness. 19 "I will also rejoice in Jerusalem, and be glad in My people; And there will no longer be heard in her The voice of weeping and the sound of crying.

This is not speaking of the earthly kingdom during the millennium so therefore

must be speaking of the eternal Kingdom and the bondservants, who are overcomers, of Rev. 22.

It is at this time that the servants of God will receive a new name.

Revelation 2:17 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give {some} of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.'

Isaiah 56:3 Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, "The Lord will surely separate me from His people." Neither let the eunuch say, "Behold, I am a dry tree." 4 For thus says the Lord, "To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, And choose what pleases Me, And hold fast My covenant, 5 To them I will give in My house and within My walls a memorial, And a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off. 6 "Also the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, To minister to Him, and to love the name of the Lord, To be His servants, every one who keeps from profaning the Sabbath, And holds fast My covenant; 7 Even those I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples. "

Both the "foreigner and the eunuch" who are fully consecrated will be given new names and will dwell within His walls and be brought to His holy mountain, Mt. Zion.

Revelation 3:12 'He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My

God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. It is obvious that this is only applied to those who overcome.

Isaiah 1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, And for Jerusalem's sake I will not keep quiet, Until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, And her salvation like a torch that is burning.

Isaiah 62:2 And the nations will see your righteousness, And all kings your glory; And you will be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the Lord will designate. 3 You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, And a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4 It will no longer be said to you, "Forsaken," Nor to your land will it any longer be said, "Desolate"; But you will be called, "My delight is in her," And your land, "Married"; For the Lord delights in you, And {to Him} your land will be married. 5 For {as} a young man marries a virgin, {So} your sons will marry you; And {as} the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, {So} your God will rejoice over you.

All this seems so incredible but God has prepared so much for those who love Him and keep His covenant that the human mind cannot take it all in.

1Timothy 6:15 which He will bring about at the proper time-- He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords; 16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light; whom no man has seen or can see. To Him {be} honor and eternal dominion! Amen.

Only those who are truly experiential light can dwell in His unapproachable light. Light may dwell with light but no darkness can dwell with His light. In Him is no darkness at all.

Psalm 15:1 (A Psalm of David.) O Lord, who may abide in Thy tent? Who

may dwell on Thy holy hill? 2 He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart. 3 He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend; 4 In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, But who honors those who fear the Lord; He swears to his own hurt, and does not change; 5 He does not put out his money at interest, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.

It is clear that to dwell in God's presence much more is required that to just believe something about Jesus or just have your sins forgiven. God must work righteousness into our lives so that we can live in integrity and holiness and even control our tongue.

The New Jerusalem is the "bride" the "wife" of the Lamb. There are several Old

Testament scriptures that speak prophetically of this "bride". The bride is always spoken of as "one" because it is only "two" that can become "one". Christ and His wife. He is not marrying five virgins or 60 queens. He is not made one with 80 concubines.

Song of Solomen 6:8 "There are sixty queens and eighty concubines, And (Virgins) maidens without number; 9 {But} my dove, my perfect one, is unique: (ONE) She is her mother's only { daughter;} She is the pure {child} of the one who bore her. The maidens saw her and called her blessed, (PLURAL) The queens and the concubines {also,} and they praised her, {saying,} 10 'Who is this that grows like the dawn, As beautiful as the full moon, As pure as the sun, As awesome as an army with banners?'

This "DOVE" is the Kings betrothed and will become His bride and wife. The multitude of virgins, queens and concubines all have a relationship with the bridegroom but are not the bride. They will be guests at the wedding feast of the Lamb.

Psalms 45:6 Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Thy kingdom. 7 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Thy God, has anointed Thee With the oil of joy above Thy fellows. 8 All Thy garments are {fragrant with} myrrh and aloes {and} cassia; Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made Thee glad. ( All this is speaking of the Lord Jesus) 9 Kings' daughters are among Thy noble ladies; (PLURAL) At Thy right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir. (SINGULAR) 10 Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear; Forget your people and your father's house; 11 Then the King will desire your beauty; Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.

It is necessary to understand there are two KINGS in these scriptures. God, the Father is always the great King! However, His Son has overcome and has sat down with His Father on His throne. The King’s (the Father’s ) daughter is the Sons’s wife or the queen.

Psalms 45:13 The King's daughter (THE BRIDE) is all glorious within;

(SINGULAR) Her clothing is interwoven with gold. 14 She will be led to the King in embroidered work; The virgins, her companions who follow her, (PLURAL) Will be brought to Thee. (THE KING) 15 They will be led forth with gladness and rejoicing; They will enter into the King's palace.

Even though they will be permitted in the King's palace they will not be the bride. "They" are identified as "virgins" who are companions of the bride. "THEY" will be invited guests. The bride will wear her beautiful garments but she is distinguished by being "all glorious within". A great subjective work has taken place to prepare her for this eternal moment for the "glorious presentation".

The brides garments are interwoven with gold. Only one other place do we see the garments interwoven with gold. That is in the garments of the priests that minister in the Holy Place.

Exodus 39:1 Moreover, from the blue and purple and scarlet material, they

made finely woven garments for ministering in the holy place, as well as the holy garments which were for Aaron, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Exodus 39:2 And he made the ephod of gold, and of blue and purple and scarlet

material, and fine twisted linen. [3] Then they hammered out gold sheets and cut them into threads to be woven in with the blue and the purple and the scarlet material, and the fine linen, the work of a skillful workman. This explains how the garments were interwoven with gold threads.

Psalms 48:1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His

holy mountain. 2 Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion { in} the far north, The city of the great King. 3 God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold. 8 As we have heard, so have we seen In the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God; God will establish her forever.

“Forever” is not speaking of the earthly Jerusalem because that will pass away.

The beauty and perfection of the New Jerusalem was spoken about prophetically by the Old Testament prophets but the reality of what they spoke will only be experienced by those who have come to the perfection of that heavenly City, That is the qualification for us to dwell there.

The primary work of God "in us" is subjective to change us from what we are to what we must be in order to meet God's requirements for His eternal purpose. When the objective work of serving God is the result of His subjective work completed in us, the objective work will also help prepare us for His eternal purpose. God's ultimate purpose is to have a people who will serve Him and do His will throughout eternity and to rule under His sovereignty and over all the works of His hands.

The significance of His bondservants serving Him should not be misunderstood.

Revelation 22:3 And there shall no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, (The New Jerusalem) and His bond-servants shall serve Him; 4 and they shall see His face, and His name {shall be} on their foreheads. 5 And there shall no longer be {any} night; and they ( The bondservants) shall not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall illumine them; and they ( The bondservants) shall reign forever and ever. 6 And he said to me, "These words are faithful and true"; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must shortly take place.

The bondservants hold a unique position in the eternal Kingdom. This is the position that is commonly taught in the visible church as the inheritance of all who are "saved". There is a mighty difference between a person who has had their sins forgiven and a bondservant.

One problem is that the K.J.V. translated bondservant as servant. Servant is assumed to mean anyone who is born again. In order to understand the significance of what this says it is necessary to investigate the law of the bondservant from the Old Testament. "Diakonos" is translated servant and means one who serves. It is the word we get deacon from. A deacon serves the church.

But this word in Revelation 22 is "doulos" and is translated as slave, bondslave or bondservant. It comes from a root word that means bound with chains. Paul uses this word to refer to being slaves of sin or slaves of righteousness. The law of the bondservant is found in Exodus.

Exodus 21:2 "If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall go out as a free man without payment. 3 "If he comes alone, he shall go out alone; if he is the husband of a wife, then his wife shall go out with him. 4 "If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall belong to her master, and he shall go out alone. 5 "But if the slave plainly says, 'I love my master, my wife and my children; I will not go out as a free man,' 6 then his master shall bring him to God, then he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him permanently.

This law is also found in Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy 15:12 "If your kinsman, a Hebrew man or woman, is sold to you, then he shall serve you six years, but in the seventh year you shall set him free. 13 "And when you set him free, you shall not send him away empty-handed. 14 "You shall furnish him liberally from your flock and from your threshing floor and from your wine vat; you shall give to him as the Lord your God has blessed you. 15 "And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today. 16 "And it shall come about if he says to you, 'I will not go out from you,' because he loves you and your household, since he fares well with you; 17 then you shall take an awl and pierce it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your servant forever. And also you shall do likewise to your maidservant. 18 "It shall not seem hard to you when you set him free, for he has given you six years {with} double the service of a hired man; so the Lord your God will bless you in whatever you do.

When Jesus Christ died on Calvary He purchased each of us off the auction block. Each of us was sold into slavery to sin and were dead in our trespasses. We owed a debt we could not pay and our redeemer paid our redemption price with His own blood. Therefore, we are no longer our own, we have been bought with a price and we are His purchased possession. He has purchased each of us as slaves.

Therefore, according to the law of the slave we must serve the one who bought us

(Jesus) for six years at twice the labor of a hired man. At the end of six years ( before the 7th year begins) we have the option of taking our freedom in Christ and go out without payment. However, in that six years we have learned to know how the Master treats us and we should understand His provision. We should know if we have fared well and if He has treated us well. Then we also have the option of saying "No! I won't go free. I love the master and the master's family. Therefore I will give myself to be a bondservant forever." Then the master will take you to the doorpost and pierce your ear with an awl and you shall be a bondservant forever.

Once a person became a bondservant forever he was obligated to the master as long as he lived. There was no law that could then free him. If the master fed him he ate. If the master didn't feed him he starved and no one could say to the master "what are you doing"?

Luke 17:7 "But which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come immediately and sit down to eat'? 8 "But will he not say to him, 'Prepare something for me to eat, and { properly} clothe yourself and serve me until I have eaten and drunk; and afterward you will eat and drink'? 9 "He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he? 10 "So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy slaves; we have done {only} that which we ought to have done.'"

This is typical of the bondservant that will serve Him through out eternity and the

bondservants who will see His face and have His name on their foreheads. These are the bondservants that will have no need of the light of the sun because the Lord God shall illumine them and these bondservants shall rule forever and ever.

To make bondservants saved or unsaved is ignorant. This really has to do with consecration and not just forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness of sins will obligate you to serve God for six years with twice the labor of a hired man before you can be free to do your own thing. Giving yourself to God as a bondservant will obligate you for eternity but that is the blessing of being in the New Jerusalem.

Revelation 22:3 And there shall no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His bond-servants shall serve Him; 4 and they shall see His face, and His name {shall be} on their foreheads. 5 And there shall no longer be {any} night; and they shall not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall illumine them; and they shall reign forever and ever.

The Eternal Priests of God who serve God in the Most Holy Place and on the throne of God will be the bondservants, who are also called the bride, the wife, the sons and the overcomers.. This is the basis of the eternal Kingdom of God. The bondservant will give themselves to do the whole will of God on the earth the same as it is being done in heaven. Not just when it is convenient but as a bondservant forever. Forever, is the key to understanding the real blessing! To see His face is unique and speaks of a face to face relationship when seen from the metaphor of the “wife”.

If those that just “sit in the pew” and are offended if they are asked to do anything just knew that a purchased “slave” had to serve the master for 6 years with double the service of a hired man [a hireling] it might be beneficial. In the gospel of the give-a-ways and the gospel of the half priced sale you are not required to serve at all but just believe something about Jesus.

There is so much revelation in these Old Testament laws concerning the New Covenant and the New Testament life and purpose! We ignore these things at our own loss.

While some of these things may be confusing they could be made a subject of prayer until they become real to us. There are enough scriptures that speak of something far beyond the initial salvation or forgiveness of sins that the Scriptures beg us “to get wisdom and with it get understanding”. Since our Eternal Destiny is determined by our preparation and “perfection” it should gain our first priority, personally!

Then it should be our next priority to teach our congregations the necessity of their personal “Inner Life” sanctification