New Jerusalem is Divinely New

In Revelation 21:2, New Jerusalem is holy and it is the city of the great King. New Jerusalem, as its name indicates, is also new. This newness is not according to human ideas but is according to God. The emphasis here is not new in time, not recently made or introduced. Rather, the emphasis is the new nature of New Jerusalem.

Romans 6:3-4 say, “Or are you ignorant that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? We have been buried therefore with Him through baptism into His death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we might walk in newness of life.” Here newness of life is the result of first, Christ passing through death into resurrection and second, our participation in His death and resurrection. Similarly, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 tell us that the new covenant is established through the death of Christ. The reality of this new covenant is brought to us by the Spirit in resurrection. Moreover, 2 Corinthians 5:17 declares that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Outside of Christ all is old but in Christ all is new.

Together, these verses show us that the newness of New Jerusalem is due to being in Christ and being one with Christ. The newness of New Jerusalem is not determined according to any human standard or definition. Rather New Jerusalem is divinely new. It is new because it is full of Christ and saturated with Christ. It is also new because it is a city in resurrection. It was not produced as part of God’s creation recorded in Genesis; rather, it is the outcome of Christ’s death and resurrection. Thank God for this marvelous newness!

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  1. Don,

    I believe that there are many of the Lord’s children that need to here the high gospel concerning the New Jerusalem. Just keep blogging your enjoyment of this wonderful reality.

    Much grace to you,

    Tom

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