I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. – Revelation 21:3
Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. – Exodus 25:8
My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. – Ezekiel 37:27
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14
What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” – 2 Corinthians 6:16
It’s pretty clear from the numerous passages of relevant scriptures that God’s ultimate aim has been to come and dwell with His people.
God’s ultimate divine purpose for our redemption is not to get us into heaven but rather to bring heaven down to us. However, for that to happen, He needs to transform us and mould us into individuals worthy of His Presence. This is a lifelong work that is spearheaded by the Holy Spirit but done in collaboration with the entire Trinity and with the cooperation of the individual in question.
Jesus taught us to pray …”Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”. God’s desire is not that we join Him in heaven. Remember that before Adam sinned, we were meant to live forever. God walked with Adam in the Garden of Eden. It was sin that introduced death into the equation. The bible also tells us that God owns the heavens but He has given the earth to the sons of men (Psalm 115:16).
The original intention wasn’t for us to die and end up in heaven. That’s why Jesus said He had to go and prepare a place for us (John 14:2-3). Thankfully, Jesus’ death and resurrection literally pressed the reset button. The issue of sin has been dealt with for all those who put their faith in Christ’s finished work. Once again, man will live forever in God’s Presence just as He promised.
21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and there was no sea anymore. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem,[a] coming down out of heaven from God. It was prepared like a bride dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Now God’s presence is with people, and he will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them and will be their God.[b] 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain, because all the old ways are gone.”
5 The One who was sitting on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this, because these words are true and can be trusted.”
God can only bring Heaven on Earth through His people. As we lay down our lives and become living temples of the Holy Spirit, we will gradually see an inevitable invasion of the Kingdom of God on the earth, which will culminate at the consummation of this age. You and I are pieces of Heaven on the Earth. Your sphere of influence should be reflecting the atmosphere of Heaven. If this is not the case, we should ask for the help of the Holy Spirit in becoming better ambassadors of the Kingdom.