These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

Revelation 21—22: God Dwelling with His People

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Revelation.

W. H. Auden said, "Nobody is ever sent to hell; he or she insists on going there." Could the same be said of heaven? Far from being "pie in the sky by and by" or a hedonistic longing for pleasure, John's vision of God dwelling with his people is the consummation of faith. Creation is renewed. Evil is finally excluded. The face of God is seen. But John's vision is, at the same time, unsettling to the normal view held by Christians about "last things." It goes beyond not only our imagination but even our faith.

Warming Up to God

What do you think about when you hear the word heaven?

Read Revelation 21-22

Discovering the Word

  • What aspects of the "old order" must be eliminated before God can fully dwell with his people (21:1-5)?
  • What in the passage suggests that the new Jerusalem is nothing other than the church in its final, consummated life (21:10)?
  • Why do you think John gives such a detailed description of the splendor of the city (21:11-21)?
  • Why do you think a city (rather than a glorious garden like Eden) is used to describe our final home?
  • Taken together, chapters 21 and 22 describe a place of exquisite beauty. Yet what statements indicate that the real significance of the city lies in something else (22:1-21)?
  • What are the requirements for entering the city (21:6-7, 27; 22:12, 14)?

Applying the Word

  • Why must the requirements for entering the city be met during the times of testing we experience in this life?
  • As you review what you have learned in Revelation, what new insight do you have into the early Christian prayer "Come, Lord Jesus!"?

Responding in Prayer

Pray for Jesus' coming.