The Foundations of the Wall Express Unsearchable Riches and Eternal Faithfulness

Revelation 21:14 declares about New Jerusalem, “the wall of the city had twelve foundations.” The number twelve in the Bible signifies eternal perfection. Each foundation was adorned with a different precious stone, each having its own color (v. 19-20).

New JerusalemTwelve foundations (Rev. 21:14a) signify the foundation of absolute perfection and eternal completion in God’s administration. The twelve precious stones of the foundation indicate the unsearchable riches of the all-inclusive Christ. Every foundation expresses a certain amount of Christ’s riches….The twelve layers of the foundation…give the appearance of a rainbow, signifying that the city is built upon and secured by God’s faithfulness in keeping His covenant (Gen. 9:8-17). The entire city is built upon the eternal faithfulness of the faithful God.*

Christ is unsearchably rich (Eph. 3:8). We will never exhaust our appreciation and experience of His riches. These riches are available regardless of our outward circumstances. For example, Paul experienced a bountiful supply to live out and magnify Christ even when he was in prison (Phil 1:19-21).

Second Peter 1:11 says that, in response to our cooperation (v. 5-10) with what we received at the time of our initial salvation “the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly and bountifully supplied to you.” This eternal kingdom has New Jerusalem as its high point.

* From chapter 36, Witness LeeGod’s New Testament Economy, published by Living Stream Ministry, © Witness Lee, 1986.

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