An interesting question is, where will the Holy Spirit be when God’s eternal, visible Kingdom is finally established on earth? God’s headquarters will be the new Jerusalem that will come down out of heaven. We read,
- ‘Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city.’ 1
- ‘…The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.’ 2
God will sit on His throne with Jesus at His right hand. We can assume that God will be visible, since we will see His face. Jesus will be in His resurrected, eternal body, and we will be like Him,
‘But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.’ 3 So we will have eternal, resurrected bodies like Jesus.
Yet there is no mention about the Holy Spirit. In the two chapters about the new heavens and earth, Revelation 21-22, all we read about the Holy Spirit is, “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come.’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” 4
In John 7:37-39 we read, “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this He meant the Holy Spirit, whom those who believed Him were later to receive….”
We, as believers, receive the Holy Spirit according to John 7. Look at the close analogy it has with Revelation 22:17 that we quoted above, “The [Holy] Spirit and the Bride [believers} say, ‘Come!’” We thus conclude that the Holy Spirit will still be in the Bride, the individual members of the body of Christ. How can we be sure that this is a reasonable interpretation? Remember the three functions of the Trinity? God is the Father. The Son, Jesus, is the Bridegroom. The Holy Spirit rebirths the spirit of a believer and fills him with power so that he can obey the Bible (like a mother who births, feeds, cares, comforts and helps her child).
If our sins are forgiven so that we are holy in God’s sight, we can be filled with the Holy Spirit in the here and now, and that is very important: ‘if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.’ 5 So if we have the Holy Spirit here, we will have the Holy Spirit there. That is another confirmation of the Concrete Principle. What we are here (the now), we will be there (the eternal). If we were cleansed from our sins and became holy here, we will be in the presence of the holy God there. If we were filled with the Holy Spirit here, we will have the Spirit there.
- Revelation 22:1-2
- Revelation 22:3-4
- 1 John 3:2
- Revelation 22:17
- Romans 8:9b