7/6/13 V. 21, From an eternal perspective the coming of God’s people out of spiritual Babylon and to spiritual Jerusalem will be a wonderful thing, a glorious exodus, illustrated in v. 20 as riding in royal fashion. And God has plans for his people in New Jerusalem for making us priests, as stated in Rev 1:6, 5:10, and 20:6. The incredible thing about this is that the very people who were separated from God by our rebellion in sin, God places the closest to himself. Because of what we’ve done we might hope simply to be saved and relegated to the lowest position of all creation. But God, in his great love and amazing grace, not only saves us but gives us the greatest and most honored post in the universe (Rev 7:15).
V. 22, And thus we shall live and reign with the Lord forever (Rev 22:5). Sin will not rise again. God’s renewed creation will endure forever and so shall we. Our offspring (see comments on Isaiah 60:22) and our name will endure as well. The idea of our name enduring gives one the impression that what we have been through will not be forgotten. We will be forever known to the universe as the people who rebelled, were ransomed by the love and sacrifice of God (Rev 1:5, 5:9, 7:14), and overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb (Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 12:11; 21:7).