1. Revelation 21:3 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Why are the words “they will be his people” important?

Revelation 21:3 (ESV)

3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.

These words capture the essence of the covenant relationship between God and his people (Genesis 17:7; Leviticus 26:12; Jeremiah 7:23; Exodus 20:2). That relationship speaks to harmony and unity between God and his people, ingredients essential to his dwelling among them.