O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
(Make no mistake: the identity of God's covenant people is ALWAYS "on topic" at deathisdefeated.)
Recently a poster here, in his zeal to prove that the "New Heavens and New Earth" is global and universal in scope, and is not synonymous with the New Jerusalem, and also to prove that "the heavens" are not the temple (thus taking issue with a temple creation motif in Genesis 1), wrote this:
"The text clearly states that God and Lamb are the temple in the CITY."
Indeed it does.
And the text ALSO states that WE, the CHURCH are the temple AND the CITY. HE is the temple. AND WE are the temple.
AND the HEAVENS of the "New Heavens and New Earth" are the ALSO temple. WE are those HEAVENS, of whom it is said, "in them, He has set a tabernacle for the Sun." (YES, exegetically proved.)
Are the unregenerate a tabernacle for the SUN? If not, then they are not part of the "heavens" of the New Heavens and New Earth--the New Creation. If so, then universal redemption is taught by the Scripture.
So the TEMPLE is:
-the church (us)
-the Lamb/God (Him)
-the heavens (also us)
Him at rest in us, and us at rest in Him--that is the TEMPLE--the holiest of all, the perfected conscience of worshiper, the many mansions in the Father's House...the New Heavens dwelling in a New Earth, of whom it is said:
Isa 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
Isa 44:23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.
The heavens are singing--they are singing because they have been redeemed. The heavens declare His glory--they declare the glory of His salvation by the gospel and His "work of righteousness" which has made them HIS TEMPLE--a tabernacle for the Sun.