Q. In one of your answers you mentioned that we’ll be reigning with Jesus in New Jerusalem. Now, my question is this: How can we reign with Him? Does He need our assistance or advice? Maybe we’ll represent him in some part of the planet to other peoples and tribes? If so how can we then be at the same time in the New Jerusalem? Or will we just enjoy His presence and eternal fellowship as He will be simultaneously with us in the New Jerusalem and on the surface of the planet Earth?
A. Speaking of the Church, Rev. 5:10 says, “You have made us to be kings and priests to serve our God and we will reign on Earth.” In 1 Cor 6:2-3 Paul said we’ll judge both the world and the angels. The Greek word for judge also means to rule over or govern, and in Biblical times rulers were also judges.
In John 14:1-2 the Lord said that that our home will be “in my father’s house” and Rev 21:27 says that only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life can inhabit the New Jerusalem. Only the Church’s names are so inscribed. We’re not informed as to how all of this will translate into daily activity, but the Bible clearly promises these things.
Being with the Lord doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll be at His side every moment of every day, any more than a husband and wife who are “with”each other are always in each others presence. And remember, when Jesus came out of the tomb it was as a physical being (Luke 24:39). I take that to mean He’s a physical being today. When He told the disciples He would be with us, always, even to the end of the age (Matt. 28:20), He didn’t mean physically standing in our presence, He meant in spirit through the Holy Spirit. Therefore I don’t think of Him as physically being on Earth and in the New Jerusalem at the same time.
Finally, throughout history, earthly kings have ruled portions of their kingdoms without being physically present there. (Think of the King of England who also ruled Canada, Australia, India and Hong Kong at the same time.) Surely if they could do that in their natural states then it wouldn’t be a problem for the Lord, or for us either.