"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
New Jerusalem comes after New Earth and New Heaven. So, you may take a look at them before you start here. If you like to do it, let me give the links so that you may do so. Links are: "New Earth", "New Heaven". New Earth is paradise. New Heavens are many, but New Jerusalem is one. New Jerusalem is explained as a city, but it is the bride of Christ, which comprised of a group of chosen people. "Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me ..., and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." In verse 9, New Jerusalem is called the bride, the Lamb's wife, which is the Bride of Christ. Even though she is described as a city, she is coming out from heaven as a person, but not as a city. She is called holy Jerusalem and she has the glory of God. A city can not have the glory of God. So, New Jerusalem is the bride of Christ, comprised of glorified perfect holy people.
New Jerusalem is the top status in heaven. The rewards of God is according to what we have done. So, the requirement for it is high. "Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17 And he said unto him, ... if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." So, if he had kept the commandments, he will inherit new heaven for a reward. "20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." The young man met the requirement for new heaven. He asked what could he do more. Jesus Christ told him in verse 21, but he could not do it. This is the requirement for new Jerusalem, which is higher, or the highest, that is to give what all you have. "Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus." Apostle Paul has already perfectly obeyed the commandments of Jesus Christ. But he wants to pursue his high calling. So, he decided to run in full force as if he has not achieved anything yet. "13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." So, new Jerusalem is high calling. Not only that he runs for the high calling, he recommend all who are already perfect in obeying the commandments of God, to run for the high calling, which is the calling for new Jerusalem. "15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you." This high calling is for those who has already graduated in perfection.
For detail lesson, please click on this link: "New Jerusalem".
God Bless You