Everything positive that God is, has done, and is doing, is found in Christ Jesus and will be found in New Jerusalem.
The prior post touched the primary negative items which are not in God, not in Christ Jesus, not in the new creation, and not in New Jerusalem. One more item not in Christ and not in the new creation is human national, cultural, and social distinctions.
Colossians 3:10-11 says that we “have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where [in Christ, in the new man] there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.” Galatians 3:27-28 and 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 say the same.
In Christ there are no national or ethnic distinctions. “No Greek and Jew” in today’s terms means no American, no European, no Asian, no African. We have put off all these and are one Body in Christ Jesus.
In Christ there are no social distinctions. There is no difference between a medical doctor and a janitor; no difference between rich and poor, no difference between native-born and immigrant, no difference between educated and uneducated. Galatians 3:28 is clear, “for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Because these national, cultural, ethnic, and social distinctions are not in Christ Jesus, they will not be in New Jerusalem. We are all one in Christ Jesus and all one in New Jerusalem. We are all believers, sons of God, members of the Body of Christ, and redeemed and regenerated people. In New Jerusalem we will be all of these and also transformed and glorified people.
Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is © by Living Stream Ministry.
Photo near Niagara Falls, by Kirk Kjellman.