May 9, 2017

Call to Worship from Revelation 21:2-3

The call to worship next Lord’s Day is taken from Revelation 21, where we see a glimpse of the beautiful future awaiting the saints of God after we pass through this vale of tears.

The Text

Revelation 21:2-3

[2] And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. [3] And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. (ESV)

The Setting

John the Apostle is receiving a symbolic revelation of Christ in His glory. He sees New Jerusalem, a symbol of the Church coming down from heaven, from God, to occupy the renovated Earth. The city is also a bride, the bride of Christ. The Church is to dwell forever with God in peace.

The Law

The passage reminds us that we are separated from God. We who are Christians were once alienated and hostile to God. But even now, having been reconciled to Him, we have not received the consummate fullness of dwelling with God. We are still sinners living in this sinful world with other sinners and men who hate God.

The Gospel

But God, by His mercy and might is preparing for us a dwelling place. In His perfect time, He will raise those who are in the graves and those not yet asleep. We will go to meet Him in the sky. He will remake the world. And then, His people, His holy city, His bride will return out of heaven from God to the remade world to dwell with Him and He with us in eternal peace with God.

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