New Jerusalem on New Earth

Revelation 21:2 says, “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

John saw New Jerusalem “coming down out of heaven.” New Jerusalem is heavenly in nature and source, but its final position is on the earth. However, this is not the earth as we know it. In Revelation 21:1 John says, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away.” The first earth is the earth as we know it, but the new earth will be different. Revelation 21:1 begins with “and.” This indicates that the new heaven and new earth are connected to what is presented in chapter 20. In that chapter all the negative beings and things are judged and swept away. This final clearance of the universe will include putting death away.

Revelation 21:4 promises that “death will be no more.” The core of all oldness in the present universe is the existence of death. The new heaven and new earth will be new because God will be very present there and because death will not be there. Our Savior Christ Jesus “nullified death and brought life and incorruption to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 2:10). Through the gospel we received the resurrection life that overcame death. This life is now operating in us. We are men of three parts—spirit, soul, and body. In Romans 8:10 our spirit is life because Christ is in us, in verse 6 our mind (part of our soul) set on the spirit is life and peace, and in verse 11 the indwelling Spirit imparts life to our mortal body. Eventually this spreading resurrection will swallow up all our mortality (2 Corinthians 5:4).

Hebrews 1:11-12 speaks about the change from the old universe to the new. All created things will reach an end. “They will perish, but You remain perpetually; and they all will become old like a garment, and like a mantle You will roll them up; like a garment they will also be changed; but You are the same, and Your years will not fail.” They will perish but Christ remains perpetually. Wonderful! His years never fail. All His believers from both Old Testament and New Testament times will be there enjoying His presence. In New Jerusalem on new earth we will be fully occupied with Christ as all and in all. Hence, “the former things will not be remembered” (Isaiah 65:17). In New Jerusalem we will not remember the things of the old earth but we will eternally celebrate Christ’s redemption, His imparting of eternal life, His Headship, and so many other aspects of His person and accomplishments.

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  1. Beatriz

     /  November 14, 2011

    A SIGN THAT I DO NOT EXPRESS THE NEW JERUSALEM IN MY DAILY LIFE IS THAT I STILL REMEMBER THE THINGS OF THE OLD CREATION. I NEED THE LORD TO HEAL MY HEART. THERE ARE OFFENSES, MISUNDERSTANDINGS, UNFORGIVENESS AND OTHER NEGATIVE/OLD THINGS THAT SPOIL MY ENJOYMENT OF THE LORD.

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