New Jerusalem Comes Down out of Heaven

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.” In the previous post I commented on New Jerusalem being on the new earth. Now I look at the phrase “out of heaven.” New Jerusalem will be on earth but its source is heaven, not earth. This holy city is divinely new (see prior post) and it is heavenly.

The Lord Jesus told Nicodemus that He had come “out of heaven” (in His incarnation). Later He repeated this same word to a crowd. He told them that He came down out of heaven as the true bread, the heavenly life supply, that any man may eat of in order to live and not die (John 6:32, 33, 50, 58).

First Corinthians 15 is a chapter on resurrection. Verse 45 speaks of two men: Adam and Christ. Verse 46 says the first man, Adam, was soulish (see Genesis 2:7) but the second man (Christ) is spiritual. Then verse 47 says that Adam is earthy but Christ is out of heaven. Verse 48 says that we are earthy; this is due to our being “in Adam” as his descendants. Verse 48 also says that we will be heavenly; this is due to our being “in Christ” who is heavenly. (Many New Testament verses speak about our being in Christ; some are Romans 6:11; 8:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 3:27-28; and Ephesians 2:6.) Finally, verse 49 says, “even as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.”

Putting together John 6 and 1 Corinthians 15, we can see that by believing into Christ, receiving Him as our life, taking Him as our daily life supply, and letting this life operate in us, we will grow into heavenly people. We will not bear our own image but rather the image of Christ who is “the heavenly.” This image will not be in the natural realm, not in Adam. Instead, this heavenly image is in resurrection, in Christ, and spiritual. The fact that we will bear the heavenly image matches 2 Corinthians 3:18. This verse says that by beholding and reflecting the glory of the Lord we all are being transformed into the same image. Let us behold Him more every day!

This transformation by Christ as our life makes us people who match the New Jerusalem. It is heavenly and we will be heavenly. It came down out of heaven and we are in and one with the Christ who came down out of heaven. What is impossible with men who are Adam’s descendants is possible with God in Christ in us (Luke 18:27). Praise Him!

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