The dimensions of the kingdom are length, breadth, depth and height and stand governed by love.

There are 3 verses in the New Testament that have height, width, length or depth highlighted as dimensions that we should consider: Romans 8:39, Ephesians 3:18, and Revelations 21:16.

Romans 8:39 points to the fact that the Height or Depth dimensions will not separate us from the love of Christ.  “nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”

Ephesians 3:18 speaks about the inner man (v16) being strengthened in these four dimensions, “ that you may be given strength to grasp, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and depth and height”. These dimensions are connected to Jesus’ love; meaning Jesus' heart is at the center. We are rooted and grounded in His heart. From this center is that we can comprehend, together with all the saints, the 4 axes that build into width, length, depth, and height.   

Revelations 21:16 highlights 3 dimensions in the New Jerusalem with the Lamb having wiped away tears – that’s love too. “And the city lies four cornered, even its length as much as the width also. And he measured the city with the reed at twelve thousand stadia; its length and width and height are equal.”

There is evidently a positive progression of the different dimensions talked about here. Depth and height appear as negative the first time in the sense that they won't be able to separate us from the love of Christ. The second time they appear they are described in a positive manner as long as we are in Christ’s love. Then when they are presented in the book of Revelations they are shown as perfect in manner with the Lamb reigning from within the city.

What this progression teaches me is that these four dimensions are about government. They are part of God’s kingdom on earth manifested through the New Jerusalem. I realize that the city is measured on all its dimensions with a reed and they complete a perfect cube. Its size seems to evoke perfectness, as all three sides are the same in size of 12,000 units each - The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal (v.16).

The New Jerusalem has the throne of God in its, hence presenting itself as governmental in nature. As I think of this perfect cube, I also think of another building in the Bible that was measured in detail which is also governmental in nature. Well, there are actually more than two. Ezekiel’s temple is measured all over and it is done with a reed just as the New Jerusalem. Moses tent of the covenant and Solomons temple too had many details about their sizes. They were types of governmental designs as is the New Jerusalem. Looking back to the importance of measuring governmental buildings it is just evident that measuring buildings is related to governance.

Whether the dimensions of length, breadth or height as part of the inner man or the sides of the New Jerusalem they both seem to be about perfect government. Love is perfect government when Jesus is in our hearts, and when the Lamb is at the center of the New Jerusalem.     

 In case you have been counting the number of dimensions you might have missed Depth in the New Jerusalem building. Well, you might imagine it as a perfect cube, and it is too how I see it, settled on its base over the ground. So I was wondering about if it had depth, and yes it has depth.    “And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones.” Revelations 21:19. These foundations are also measured and they add up to 12. They resonate with the 12,000 cubits. They too are governmental in nature as twelve represents government – they have the names of the 12 apostles. The city is perfect in all its 4 dimensions, being the heart, the Lamb, God’s love the perfect source of its size and number.  

 

Note: Chay is related to these four dimensions. 

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