8. The Factor of Living an Overcoming Life in the Recovered Church to Consummate the Divine Economy and Become the New Jerusalem
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Scripture Reading: Rev. 3:7-8, 11-12, 21; 19:7; 21:2, 9-11
Rev. 3:7        And to the messenger of the church in Philadelphia write: These things says the Holy One, the true One, the One who has the key of David, the One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens:
Rev. 3:8        I know your works; behold, I have put before you an opened door which no one can shut, because you have a little power and have kept My word and have not denied My name.
Rev. 3:11      I come quickly; hold fast what you have that no one take your crown.
Rev. 3:12      He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out 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 descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
Rev. 3:21      He who overcomes, to him I will give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat with My Father on His throne.
Rev. 19:7      Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev. 21:2      And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev. 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 will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.
Rev. 21:10    And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
Rev. 21:11    Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.
 

I.     The overcomers are produced by the overcoming Christ as the sevenfold intensified Spirit, and they are burdened for the building up of the Body of Christ as the preparation of the bride of Christ—Eph. 4:16; Rev. 5:6; 19:7-9:
Eph. 4:16      Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
Rev. 5:6        And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having just been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Rev. 19:7      Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev. 19:8      And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
Rev. 19:9      And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.
A.     The overcomers are for the building up of the Body of Christ to consummate the New Jerusalem—Eph. 4:12, 16; Rev. 2:7b; 3:12, 21:
Eph. 4:12      For the perfecting of the saints unto the work of the ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ,
Eph. 4:16      Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
Rev. 2:7        He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.
Rev. 3:12      He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out 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 descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
Rev. 3:21      He who overcomes, to him I will give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat with My Father on His throne.
1. Without the overcomers the Body of Christ cannot be built up, and unless the Body of Christ is built up, Christ cannot come back for His bride—19:7-9.
Rev. 19:7      Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev. 19:8      And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
Rev. 19:9      And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.
2. The overcomers produced by Christ as the sevenfold intensified, life-giving Spirit build up the Body in this age for the initial consummation of the New Jerusalem in the kingdom age and eventually for the full consummation of the New Jerusalem in the new heaven and new earth—1:4; 2:7; 4:5; 5:6; 3:12; 21:2.
Rev. 1:4        John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is coming, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,
Rev. 2:7        He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.
Rev. 4:5        And out of the throne come forth lightnings and voices and thunders. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God;
Rev. 5:6        And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having just been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Rev. 3:12      He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out 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 descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
Rev. 21:2      And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
B.     The Lord’s promises at the end of each of the seven epistles in Revelation 2 and 3 refer both to the present enjoyment of the overcomers and to the reward given to them in the coming millennial kingdom—2:7b, 11b, 17b, 26-28; 3:5, 12, 21:
Rev. 2:1        To the messenger of the church in Ephesus write: These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, He who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:
Rev. 2:2        I know your works and your labor and your endurance and that you cannot bear evil men; and you have tried those who call themselves apostles and are not, and have found them to be false;
Rev. 2:3        And you have endurance and have borne all things because of My name and have not grown weary.
Rev. 2:4        But I have one thing against you, that you have left your first love.
Rev. 2:5        Remember therefore where you have fallen from and repent and do the first works; but if not, I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place, unless you repent.
Rev. 2:6        But this you have, that you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Rev. 2:7        He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.
Rev. 2:8        And to the messenger of the church in Smyrna write: These things says the First and the Last, who became dead and lived again:
Rev. 2:9        I know your tribulation and poverty (but you are rich) and the slander from those who call themselves Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
Rev. 2:10      Do not fear the things that you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison that you may be tried, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Rev. 2:11      He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall by no means be hurt of the second death.
Rev. 2:12      And to the messenger of the church in Pergamos write: These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword:
Rev. 2:13      I know where you dwell, where Satan's throne is; and you hold fast My name and have not denied My faith, even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.
Rev. 2:14      But I have a few things against you, that you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat idol sacrifices and to commit fornication.
Rev. 2:15      In the same way you also have some who hold in like manner the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
Rev. 2:16      Repent therefore; but if not, I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war with them with the sword of My mouth.
Rev. 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 of the hidden manna, and to him I will give a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knows except he who receives it.
Rev. 2:18      And to the messenger of the church in Thyatira write: These things says the Son of God, He who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like shining bronze:
Rev. 2:19      I know your works and love and faith and service and your endurance and that your last works are more than the first.
Rev. 2:20      But I have something against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, she who calls herself a prophetess and teaches and leads My slaves astray to commit fornication and to eat idol sacrifices.
Rev. 2:21      And I gave her time that she might repent, and she is not willing to repent of her fornication.
Rev. 2:22      Behold, I cast her into a bed, and those who commit adultery with her, into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works;
Rev. 2:23      And her children I will kill with death; and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the inward parts and the hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your works.
Rev. 2:24      But I say to you-the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they Say-I put no other burden upon you;
Rev. 2:25      Nevertheless what you have hold fast until I come.
Rev. 2:26      And he who overcomes and he who keeps My works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations;
Rev. 2:27      And he will shepherd them with an iron rod, as vessels of pottery are broken in pieces, as I also have received from My Father;
Rev. 2:28      And to him I will give the morning star.
Rev. 2:29      He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Rev. 3:1        And to the messenger of the church in Sardis write: These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: I know your works, that you have a name that you are living, and yet you are dead.
Rev. 3:2        Become watchful and establish the things which remain, which were about to die; for I have found none of your works completed before My God.
Rev. 3:3        Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and keep it and repent. If therefore you will not watch, I will come as a thief, and you shall by no means know at what hour I will come upon you.
Rev. 3:4        But you have a few names in Sardis who have not defiled their garments, and they will walk with Me in white because they are worthy.
Rev. 3:5        He who overcomes will be clothed thus, in white garments, and I shall by no means erase his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
Rev. 3:6        He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Rev. 3:7        And to the messenger of the church in Philadelphia write: These things says the Holy One, the true One, the One who has the key of David, the One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens:
Rev. 3:8        I know your works; behold, I have put before you an opened door which no one can shut, because you have a little power and have kept My word and have not denied My name.
Rev. 3:9        Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, those who call themselves Jews and are not, but lie-behold, I will cause them to come and fall prostrate before your feet and to know that I have loved you.
Rev. 3:10      Because you have kept the word of My endurance, I also will keep you out of the hour of trial, which is about to come on the whole inhabited earth, to try them who dwell on the earth.
Rev. 3:11      I come quickly; hold fast what you have that no one take your crown.
Rev. 3:12      He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out 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 descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
Rev. 3:13      He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Rev. 3:14      And to the messenger of the church in Laodicea write: These things says the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the beginning of the creation of God:
Rev. 3:15      I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.
Rev. 3:16      So, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I am about to spew you out of My mouth.
Rev. 3:17      Because you say, I am wealthy and have become rich and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
Rev. 3:18      I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire that you may be rich, and white garments that you may be clothed and that the shame of your nakedness may not be manifested, and eyesalve to anoint your eyes that you may see.
Rev. 3:19      As many as I love I rebuke and discipline; be zealous therefore and repent.
Rev. 3:20      Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me.
Rev. 3:21      He who overcomes, to him I will give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat with My Father on His throne.
Rev. 3:22      He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
1. In order to enter into the Lord’s joy and receive the Lord as our exceeding great reward in the next age, we need to gain Him and faithfully enjoy Him today in this age—Matt. 25:21b, 23b; Phil. 3:8-9; Gen. 15:1.
Matt. 25:21   His master said to him, Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful over a few things; I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your master.
Matt. 25:23   His master said to him, Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful over a few things; I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your master.
Phil. 3:8        But moreover I also count all things to be loss on account of the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, on account of whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as refuse that I may gain Christ
Phil. 3:9        And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is out of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is out of God and based on faith,
Gen. 15:1      After these things the word of Jehovah came to Abram in a vision, saying, Do not be afraid, Abram; I am your shield and your exceedingly great reward.
2. If we do not faithfully enjoy and experience Christ as the reality of His promises today, we will not participate in their fulfillment in the kingdom age; the principle is that what we are will become our reward—1 Cor. 9:24-27.
1 Cor. 9:24    Do you not know that those who run on a racecourse all run, but one receives the prize? Run in this way, that you may lay hold.
1 Cor. 9:25    And everyone who contends exercises self-control in all things; they then, that they may receive a corruptible crown, but we, an incorruptible.
1 Cor. 9:26    I therefore run in this way, not as though without a clear aim; I box in this way, not as though beating the air;
1 Cor. 9:27    But I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest perhaps having preached to others, I myself may become disapproved.
II.   As a sign, the church in Philadelphia prefigures the recovered church—Rev. 3:7:
Rev. 3:7        And to the messenger of the church in Philadelphia write: These things says the Holy One, the true One, the One who has the key of David, the One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens:
A.     The church in Philadelphia prophetically depicts the church of brotherly love, that is, the proper church life—v. 7.
Rev. 3:7        And to the messenger of the church in Philadelphia write: These things says the Holy One, the true One, the One who has the key of David, the One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens:
B.     One outstanding feature of the church in Philadelphia is that she keeps the Lord’s word—vv. 7-8.
Rev. 3:7        And to the messenger of the church in Philadelphia write: These things says the Holy One, the true One, the One who has the key of David, the One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens:
Rev. 3:8        I know your works; behold, I have put before you an opened door which no one can shut, because you have a little power and have kept My word and have not denied My name.
C.     In Revelation 3:8 the Lord says that the church in Philadelphia has not denied His name; the Lord’s word is His expression, and the Lord’s name is the Lord Himself—Col. 3:16-17; Matt. 18:20.
Rev. 3:8        I know your works; behold, I have put before you an opened door which no one can shut, because you have a little power and have kept My word and have not denied My name.
Col. 3:16       Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God.
Col. 3:17       And whatever you do in word or in deed, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Matt. 18:20   For where there are two or three gathered into My name, there am I in their midst.
D.     The return to the pure word from all heresies and traditions and to the exaltation of the Lord’s name by abandoning every other name is the most inspiring testimony in the recovered church—Rev. 3:8.
Rev. 3:8        I know your works; behold, I have put before you an opened door which no one can shut, because you have a little power and have kept My word and have not denied My name.
E.      To the recovered church, the Lord is the One who has the key of David, the key of the kingdom, with authority to open and to shut—v. 7; Isa. 22:22:
Rev. 3:7        And to the messenger of the church in Philadelphia write: These things says the Holy One, the true One, the One who has the key of David, the One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens:
Isa. 22:22      And I will set the key of the house of David upon his shoulder — / When he opens, no one will shut; / When he shuts, no one will open.
1. This is the key of the treasury of the house of God, which is typified by the house of David for the building up of the kingdom of God—39:2; 2 Sam. 7:16.
Isa. 39:2        And Hezekiah was glad for them and showed them his treasury, the silver and the gold, and the spices and the fine oil, and his whole armory and everything which was found among his treasures; there was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.
2 Sam. 7:16   And your house and your kingdom will be made sure forever before you; your throne will be established forever.
2. The key of David is for the keeping of all the treasures of the house of God, which are all the riches of Christ for our enjoyment—Eph. 3:8.
Eph. 3:8        To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel
3. The key of David opens the whole universe for God—Isa. 22:22; Rev. 3:7:
Isa. 22:22      And I will set the key of the house of David upon his shoulder — / When he opens, no one will shut; / When he shuts, no one will open.
Rev. 3:7        And to the messenger of the church in Philadelphia write: These things says the Holy One, the true One, the One who has the key of David, the One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens:
a. David represents God in establishing God’s kingdom on earth and has the key of God’s dominion—Isa. 22:22.
Isa. 22:22      And I will set the key of the house of David upon his shoulder — / When he opens, no one will shut; / When he shuts, no one will open.
b. As the real David, the greater David, Christ has built up the house of God, the real temple, and He has set up the kingdom of God, the dominion in which He exercises full authority to represent God; therefore, He holds the key of David—Matt. 1:1; 12:3-8; 16:18-19.
Matt. 1:1       The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham:
Matt. 12:3     But He said to them, Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, and those who were with him;
Matt. 12:4     How he entered into the house of God, and they ate the bread of the Presence, which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, except for the priests only?
Matt. 12:5     Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless?
Matt. 12:6     But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here.
Matt. 12:7     But if you knew what this means, "I desire mercy and not sacrifice," you would not have condemned the guiltless.
Matt. 12:8     For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.
Matt. 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 prevail against it.
Matt. 16:19   I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of the heavens, and whatever you bind on the earth shall have been bound in the heavens, and whatever you loose on the earth shall have been loosed in the heavens.
c. The fact that Christ has the key of David signifies that He is the center of God’s economy; He is the One who expresses God and represents Him, the One who holds the key to open everything in God’s dominion—Col. 1:15-18.
Col. 1:15       Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation,
Col. 1:16       Because in Him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and unto Him.
Col. 1:17       And He is before all things, and all things cohere in Him;
Col. 1:18       And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;
III.  The Lord Jesus will make the overcomer in the recovered church a pillar built into the temple of God—Rev. 3:11-12a:
Rev. 3:11      I come quickly; hold fast what you have that no one take your crown.
Rev. 3:12      He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out 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 descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
A.     The Lord makes us pillars by transforming us, that is, by carrying away our natural element and replacing it with His divine essence—Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18:
Rom. 12:2     And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.
2 Cor. 3:18    But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.
1. The meaning of make in Revelation 3:12 is to constitute us into something, to construct us in a creative way.
Rev. 3:12      He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out 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 descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
2. In the church life today, the Lord is working Himself into us and making us, constituting us, into pillars in the temple of God.
B.     In Revelation 21:22 we see that in the New Jerusalem the Triune God Himself will be the temple:
Rev. 21:22    And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
1. For the overcomers to be pillars in the temple means that they will be pillars in the Triune God—3:12a.
Rev. 3:12      He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out 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 descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
2. This involves being mingled with the Triune God and constituted with Him—Eph. 3:16-17a.
Eph. 3:16      That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man,
Eph. 3:17      That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
C.     Even in today’s church life, the overcoming saints are pillars in the Triune God—Rev. 3:12a; Gal. 2:9:
Rev. 3:12      He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out 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 descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
Gal. 2:9         And perceiving the grace given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and to Barnabas the right hand of fellowship that we should go to the Gentiles, and they, to the circumcision.
1. These saints sometimes have the consciousness that the church is actually nothing other than the Triune God, as indicated by the golden lampstands as a symbol of the church—Rev. 1:12, 20.
Rev. 1:12      And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me; and when I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands,
Rev. 1:20      The mystery of the seven stars which you saw upon My right hand and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the messengers of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
2. The pillars in the church today are pillars in the Triune God; in the coming age these overcoming believers will be pillars in the temple of God, which is God Himself—3:12a; 21:22.
Rev. 3:12      He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out 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 descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
Rev. 21:22    And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
3. From this we see that being made pillars involves the Triune God being mingled with and constituted into the faithful believers—2 Cor. 13:14.
2 Cor. 13:14  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
D.     To overcome in the church in Philadelphia is to keep what we have received in the Lord’s recovery to the end; if we do this, the Lord will make us a pillar in the temple of God—Rev. 3:11-12a.
Rev. 3:11      I come quickly; hold fast what you have that no one take your crown.
Rev. 3:12      He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out 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 descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
IV.  The overcomer in the recovered church is constituted with the processed and consummated Triune God and becomes the New Jerusalem, “the bride, the wife of the Lamb”—v. 12b; 21:2, 9-11:
Rev. 3:12      He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out 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 descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
Rev. 21:2      And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev. 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 will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.
Rev. 21:10    And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
Rev. 21:11    Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.
A.     The governing vision of the Bible is the Triune God working Himself into His chosen and redeemed people in order to saturate their entire being with the Divine Trinity for the producing and building up of the church as the Body of Christ, consummating in the New Jerusalem—Eph. 4:4-6; Rev. 21:2, 9-10.
Eph. 4:4        One Body and one Spirit, even as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
Eph. 4:5        One Lord, one faith, one baptism;
Eph. 4:6        One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Rev. 21:2      And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev. 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 will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.
Rev. 21:10    And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
B.     The New Jerusalem is a composition of divinity and humanity mingled, blended, and built up together as one entity; all the components have the same life, nature, and constitution and thus are a corporate person—John 14:20, 23; Rev. 21:2-3, 9-23:
John 14:20    In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
John 14:23    Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.
Rev. 21:2      And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev. 21:3      And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Rev. 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 will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.
Rev. 21:10    And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
Rev. 21:11    Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.
Rev. 21:12    It had a great and high wall and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names inscribed, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel:
Rev. 21:13    On the east three gates, and on the north three gates, and on the south three gates, and on the west three gates.
Rev. 21:14    And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Rev. 21:15    And he who spoke with me had a golden reed as a measure that he might measure the city and its gates and its wall.
Rev. 21:16    And the city lies square, and its length is as great as the breadth. And he measured the city with the reed to a length of twelve thousand stadia; the length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
Rev. 21:17    And he measured its wall, a hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.
Rev. 21:18    And the building work of its wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.
Rev. 21:19    The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every precious stone: the first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;
Rev. 21:20    The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.
Rev. 21:21    And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was, respectively, of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
Rev. 21:22    And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
Rev. 21:23    And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon that they should shine in it, for the glory of God illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
1. The New Jerusalem is the consummation of the central vision of God’s economy and of the high peak of the divine revelation—vv. 2, 9-11.
Rev. 21:2      And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev. 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 will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.
Rev. 21:10    And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
Rev. 21:11    Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.
2. The New Jerusalem is a composition of God’s chosen, redeemed, regenerated, sanctified, renewed, transformed, conformed, and glorified people who have been deified—John 3:6; Heb. 2:11; Rom. 12:2; 8:29-30:
John 3:6        That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Heb. 2:11      For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of One, for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brothers,
Rom. 12:2     And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.
Rom. 8:29     Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
Rom. 8:30     And those whom He predestinated, these He also called; and those whom He called, these He also justified; and those whom He justified, these He also glorified.
a. For us to be deified means that we are being constituted with the processed and consummated Triune God so that we may be made God in life and nature to be His corporate expression for eternity—Rev. 21:11.
Rev. 21:11    Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.
b. The deification of the believers is a process that will consummate in the New Jerusalem; this is the highest truth and the highest gospel—Rom. 1:1, 3-4; 5:10; Rev. 21:2; 3:12.
Rom. 1:1       Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, a called apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Rom. 1:3       Concerning His Son, who came out of the seed of David according to the flesh,
Rom. 1:4       Who was designated the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness out of the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord;
Rom. 5:10     For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled,
Rev. 21:2      And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev. 3:12      He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out 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 descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
C.     “I will write upon him [the overcomer] the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name”—v. 12b:
Rev. 3:12      He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out 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 descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
1. The fact that the name of God, the name of the New Jerusalem, and the Lord’s new name are written upon the overcomer indicates that the overcomer is possessed by God, by the New Jerusalem, and by the Lord; that God Himself, His city (the New Jerusalem), and the Lord Himself all belong to him; and that he is one with God, with the New Jerusalem, and with the Lord.
2. The name of God denotes God Himself, the name of the New Jerusalem denotes the city itself, and the name of the Lord denotes the Lord Himself—v. 12b.
Rev. 3:12      He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out 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 descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
3. That the name of God, the name of the New Jerusalem, and the name of the Lord are written on the overcomer indicates that what God is, the nature of the New Jerusalem, and the person of the Lord have all been wrought into the overcomer—John 14:19-20, 23; Eph. 3:16-17.
John 14:19    Yet a little while and the world beholds Me no longer, but you behold Me; because I live, you also shall live.
John 14:20    In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
John 14:23    Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.
Eph. 3:16      That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man,
Eph. 3:17      That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
4. The mentioning of the New Jerusalem as a prize to the overcomer indicates that this promise will be fulfilled in the millennial kingdom; the New Jerusalem in the millennium will be a prize only to the overcomers—Rev. 3:12b.
Rev. 3:12      He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out 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 descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
Excerpts from the Ministry:
CHRIST AS THE PRIEST
WHO TRIMS THE LAMPSTANDS—THE CHURCHES
As the Holy One, the True One, Who Has the Key of David,
Who Opens and No One Will Shut, and Shuts and No One Opens
Revelation 3:7 presents Christ as “the Holy One, the true One, the One who has the key of David, the One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens.” To the church in Philadelphia, the church of brotherly love, the Lord is “the Holy One, the true One” by whom and with whom the church can be holy, separated from the world, and true, faithful, to God. In order to dispense life to others, He must be holy and He must be true. If we are not holy or true, we can never dispense life to others. When we enter into the Bible and see all the items of Christ’s being, we can see that they are for the divine dispensing.
To the church in Philadelphia, the Lord is also the One who has “the key of David” (v. 7), the key of the kingdom, with authority to open and to shut. Here we need to consider the meaning of the term the key of David. According to Genesis 1, when God created man, He gave him dominion over all creatures. This indicates that in God’s intention man is to be the power representing God on earth. Due to the fall, however, man lost this power and has never fully recovered it. Man has not regained dominion on earth to represent God. In the lives of Adam, Abel, Enosh, Enoch, and Noah we do not see this power. Neither do we see it in the lives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We do not see this power until God’s chosen people, the children of Israel, entered into the good land and built the temple. Apparently, the temple was built by Solomon; actually, it was built by David, for he was behind the building of the temple. In Genesis 1:26 God made man in His own image that he might express Him and with His dominion that he might represent Him. The temple is related to God’s image because, being God’s house, it is His expression. The temple was built in the city. The temple signifies God’s expression, and the city signifies God’s dominion. The image and dominion revealed in Genesis 1 are, at least to some extent, fulfilled in the temple and the city. In the temple we have God’s presence for His expression, and in the city we have God’s dominion. God’s king is in the city representing Him as he rules on earth.
This is a necessary background for understanding what the key of David is. The key held by David is the key of God’s entire dominion. God’s dominion includes the whole universe, particularly mankind. This dominion has a key, which is possessed by the person who fought the battle for the kingdom and who made preparations for the temple. The name of this person is David. David represents God in establishing God’s kingdom on earth. Hence, he has the key of God’s dominion in the universe. David, however, is just a type, not the reality. The real David is Christ, the greater David (Matt. 12:1-8). He is the One who built God’s temple, the church, and established God’s kingdom (16:18-19). Therefore, in the church today, which is both a house and a kingdom, we have God’s expression and representation. As the greater David, Christ has built up the house of God, the real temple, and He has set up the kingdom of God, the dominion in which He exercises full authority to represent God. Thus, He holds the key of David, that which represents God and opens the whole universe for God. It signifies that Christ is the center of God’s economy. He is the One who expresses and represents God, holding the key to open everything in God’s dominion.
Revelation 3:7 also says that Christ is the One who “opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens.” He opens and shuts because the universal key, the key of God’s economy, is in His hand. The Lord uses this key to deal with the church.
Isaiah 22:22-24 is a prophecy concerning Christ as the One who holds the key of David. The crucial subject in Isaiah 22 is the house of God. In this chapter it is prophesied that Christ would be not only the One holding the key of David but also a peg. If we consider the context of Isaiah 22 and read the context of the word regarding Christ as the One holding the key of David in Revelation 3, we will realize that Christ’s holding the key of David is for God’s house, God’s building.
The epistle to the church in Philadelphia goes on to speak of the New Jerusalem (v. 12). The overcomers in Philadelphia will be pillars in the temple of God, and the temple of God will ultimately be enlarged into the New Jerusalem. According to Revelation 21:22, there is no temple in the New Jerusalem, for in eternity the temple will be enlarged into a city, which, having three equal dimensions (v. 16), will be the enlargement of the Holy of Holies. This is the ultimate consummation of God’s house. Christ’s holding the key of David, fighting the battle for God, building the temple, and establishing the kingdom of God are all for God’s building.
Christ, holding the key of David, opens and shuts, not that we might be holy or spiritual but that we might be built up. Both holiness and spirituality are to enable us to be pillars in the temple of God. Eventually, we will bear the name of the New Jerusalem. In 3:12 the Lord said, “I will write upon him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.” God’s purpose is to make us part of the New Jerusalem. God desires a builded church. He wants today’s Bethel, the house of God, that will consummate in the New Jerusalem.
Isaiah 22:22-24 records Jehovah’s words regarding Eliakim, who typifies Christ: “I will set the key of the house of David upon his shoulder—/ When he opens, no one will shut; / When he shuts, no one will open. / And I will drive him as a peg into a sure place, / And he will become a throne of glory for his father’s house. And they will hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, all the smallest vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.” The all-inclusive Christ, as typified by Eliakim, is the One upon whose shoulder the key of (the treasury of—39:2) the house of God (typified by the house of David for the building up of the kingdom of God—2 Sam. 7:16) is set (Rev. 3:7). The church is both God’s house (1 Tim. 3:15) and God’s kingdom (Matt. 16:18-19; Rom. 14:17). The key set on Christ’s shoulder is the key for the keeping of all the treasures of the house of God, which are all the riches of Christ for our enjoyment. Christ is the One who can open and shut the door to the treasury of God’s riches, which are embodied in Him (Col. 2:9). Christ has been driven by God as a peg, or nail, into a sure place (Isa. 22:23a), which typifies the third heaven (cf. 2 Cor. 12:2b), where Christ was exalted by God after His resurrection (Acts 2:33; 5:31). Because the Father is in the third heaven (Matt. 6:9), to be exalted to the third heaven is to be exalted to God the Father (cf. Luke 15:18). Christ today is in the heavens as a peg driven into God.
In Isaiah 22:24 glory is in apposition with both the offspring and the issue and vessels. Thus, the glory of the Father’s house that hangs on Christ as the peg is the children of God as the offspring and the issue (descendants) of God, and these children of God are the vessels of Christ, who hang on Him as the peg, the holder, in order to contain Him and to minister Him to others. The children of God as the offspring and the issue are glory in the house of God, and they are also the vessels. The Speaker to the church in Philadelphia holds the key of David to deal with us so that we might be transformed and built up. Once we have been built up, He will become a peg to us, and we will be the vessels hanging on Him.
First, Christ holds the key of David, and eventually, He holds us. Christ used the key to open the door of our prison. Before we came into the church life, we were all imprisoned. But Christ, the One who holds the key of David, opened our prison and released us. According to our experience, all the doors opened for us by Christ are prison doors. Although the opposers are trying their best to imprison us, we are released by the key held in the hand of Christ. As today’s David, He has the key to open whatever God desires to open. Once He opens the door and we are released, we enter into the house of God where we become the household with many vessels held by Christ as the peg. Christ is the peg in God’s house, and by this peg, we all are held up from the earth.
First, Christ uses the key to release us from prison. After we have been released and have entered into the house of God, He becomes the peg holding us off the ground. The purpose of His doing this is so that we might be transformed into a pillar in God’s house. Eventually, we, the pillars, will become parts of the New Jerusalem. Christ’s writing the name of the New Jerusalem upon us means that we have been transformed into a part of the New Jerusalem. This is the church life, and this is the temple of God. Within this temple our Christ is a great peg holding us off the ground for God’s building.
As the One who has the key of David and who opens what no one will shut, the Lord has given the recovered church an opened door, which no one can shut. Through the years, the Lord’s recovery has experienced the Lord as such a One. Since the recovery of the proper church life began in the early part of the nineteenth century, a door has always been opened wide to the Lord’s recovery. From the beginning of the recovery of the proper church life, Satan, the enemy of God, tried his best to shut the door. The more organized Christianity tries to shut the door, the wider it is opened. In spite of much opposition, today the door is open worldwide. The key is in the hand of the Head of the church; it is not in the hand of the opposers. No matter how much opposition there is to His recovery, the doors are increasingly open to the recovery, and the key is in His hand. As long as we are in His recovery, the door will always be open to us. Although many opposers rose up against His recovery and tried their best to shut the door, Christ nevertheless is the One who has the key of David. What He opens no one will shut, and what He shuts no one will open. Today we should praise the Lord for the door open worldwide.
Philadelphia means “brotherly love.” In the local churches we need the Philadelphia; we need the love for one another. We love one another because we love the Lord. We need the brotherly love, for in this love we have the open door. In a prevailing local church the door is always wide open, because the brothers love one another. As long as the brothers and sisters love one another, the door can never be shut. The more we love one another, the more the door will be open. If we invite others to come to the church meetings, we simply need to let them see the love with oneness and harmony that we have. This alone will convince them. The way to open the door is to love one another. The open door is set before Philadelphia. If we would have an open door, we must love one another. This will convince the world.
As the One Who Has a New Name to Be Written upon the Overcomers
Revelation 3:12 tells us that Christ will write upon the overcomers His new name. Christ writes His new name upon the overcomers. Here He is a new Christ, not another Christ; He is the Christ who is exceedingly ancient yet who is new today, having a new name to write upon the overcomers. This indicates that the overcomers are one with this new Christ. In our experience, His newness is according to our enjoyment of Him.
The Lord promises to write upon the overcomer His new name. This new name will be according to our experiences. In other words, what we experience of the Lord will become us. We experience God, and God becomes us. We experience the New Jerusalem, and that also becomes us. We experience the Lord in an intimate and personal way, and that becomes us. Therefore, the Lord will rightly designate us, writing upon us His new name. This will indicate that we have become a person who has experienced the Lord Himself as the One who makes Himself us.
The name that is upon the overcomers indicates that this is what they are. To have the new name of the Lord Jesus means that they are Jesus, because they have His new name written upon them. Of course, their being Jesus is in life and in nature but not in the Godhead.
That the Lord’s new name is written upon the overcomer indicates that the overcomer is possessed by the Lord, that the Lord Himself belongs to him, and that he is one with the Lord. The overcomer is the possession of Christ, and he is the expression of Christ, who has transformed him with His elements. The name of the Lord denotes the Lord Himself. That the name of the Lord is written upon the overcomer indicates that the person of the Lord has been wrought into the overcomer.
The overcomers’ bearing the new name of Christ does not mean that Christ has a new name. It means that Christ will be experienced by these overcomers in a new way. Thus, the Christ whom they are experiencing is new to them. If we choose to take the overcoming way, we will experience Christ in a new way, and Christ will become new to us. Our Owner will be the new Christ.
To many of us Christ is old, not new. At the beginning of our Christian life, Christ was new to us, but gradually that new Christ became old to us. We have Christ, but Christ may not be new to us. Mostly our experience of Christ may be old. But if we make the decision to be an overcomer in this age, we will have the sense that Christ is exceedingly fresh and new. We will enjoy Him as God’s new compassions refreshing us every morning (Lam. 3:22-23).
The Lord’s name will be on us. If we put a label on a brother with his name on it, everyone will know who he is because he bears a certain name. The overcomers also bear the new name of the Lord. In a sense they are experiencing a new Lord, a new Jesus, a new Christ. Yes, we have the same Jesus, but the defeated believers’ taste of Him may not be as good and sweet as that of the overcoming believers. Today our Jesus should truly be a new Jesus; every day He should be new to us. To have the new name of the Lord means that we experience something new of the Lord and that we have become the new manifestation of the Lord Himself. If we do so, we have the same Jesus, yet the taste of Him is new and better.
We need to have new experiences of Christ. Most Christians have only the limited experience of Christ as their Redeemer. Not many have the experience of Christ as their life. Most of those who experience Christ as life experience this in a shallow way. Christ is not only our Redeemer and our life; He is also our King, Prophet, Priest, light, power, righteousness, holiness, transformation, and many other things. The more we experience Christ, the newer He will be to us, and the more His name will be written upon us. First, Christ as Redeemer is written upon us. Later, Christ as life, light, humility, patience, and love will also be written upon us. His name is inexhaustible. The writing of His name upon us depends upon our experience. The more we experience Him, the longer will be the writing of this name. No one can say what the new name of Christ is because it is simply the designation of our new experience of Christ. When we experience Christ in a certain way, that aspect of Christ will become our designation, the new name written upon us. In this way our experience of Christ will be lengthened, and we will say, “Not my will but His will.” We will not act on our own but according to His heart’s desire. Then the name of God, the name of the city of God, and the Lord’s new name will be written upon us. (The Conclusion of the New Testament, pp. 4199-4206)
 
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