Temple of God and of the Lamb

In the previous post we had discussed the narrative thrust of the testimony of the risen Christ in glory and we had considered the hidden manna as a metaphor for reigning with him in eternity. It underpins our credentials as foreordained through the Son who “Hath made us kings and priests unto God and unto the Father..(Re.1:6)”
As kings we are adopted in the Father to reign with him and his dominion is designated as eternal; we have it corroborated as one that ‘shall stand forever (Dan.3:44).’ Now as priests we are informed that the temple is formed of the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb, I shall quote the verse in entirety. “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it(Re.21:22)”: Despite of such a categorical statement there are sects that persist in teaching a lie that temple worship of the Old Covenant will be resumed.
We have been purchased with the precious blood of our Lord Jesus to be built into the body of the Church where Christ is the Head. It is also compared to a city built upon the foundation of the risen Christ who is also eternally enshrined as the head to which every part shall be joined. The city has no need for the sun because it is lit by the glory of God ‘and the Lamb is the light thereof (Re.21:23)’ Having said this let us consider the significance of the hidden manna and the white stone wherein ‘the new name written, which ‘no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it(2:17)’.
While we study the parable of the city set on a hill we shall see its spiritual significance goes beyond its position. In the parable we see a literal meaning as well its spiritual significance serving in the eternity as well. In several posts elsewhere we had discussed the city is a collective term to denote signs and wonders in which each member is earmarked to serve. “Behold I and the children whom the Lord hath given are for signs and wonders…(Is.8:17;He.2:13)”
The city is made up of both the Jews and the Gentiles alike. The Hidden manna as introduced by the Spirit is conflated out of two metaphors the Church as the Body and as the temple of God. The mention of the Lamb refers to the Christians and glory of the Lord God is a short hand for the Jews being part and parcel of it. Manchild, Throne of the Lamb and of God are all composite imagery denoting holy people where there is no difference between Greek or Jew.
Glory of God is the light and James in his epistle refers to him as the Father of lights. White as a color refers to saints in general (“And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” Re.19:8). While we study the temple of God and of the lamb white light of the Father does indeed throw up colors(Re.21:11,6-21)
Let us draw our attention to the wall with 12 gates…and names written thereon (Re.21:12) which would connect with the various stones on the breastplate of the High Priest.Is not the holy city of God a living city made up of all the saints redeemed from the earth? Each one has a white stone with name written thereon meaning it as endorsed by the Son as his personal guarantee as it were, that they are installed as wonders and signs unto the nations that shall walk under it.
The glory of God and of the Lamb allow several ministries to each saint in eternity.
Benny

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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