1. Revelation 21:22 (ESV)
  2. Application

The church as the presence of God

Revelation 21:22 (ESV)

22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.

Since the Lord God himself is the temple of the city (= bride, church), it is pressing that those who belong to the church speak of the church as holy, something divine. The church is not a social club where friends and/or like-minded people perform a specific liturgy. A church is where God is present, and so demands a holy attitude, God-pleasing demeanour, activity, dress code, etc.