Regeneration and New Jerusalem (2)

New Jerusalem is a city of life. Revelation 22:1-2 speak of “a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb” and “the tree of life, producing twelve fruits, yielding its fruit each month.” Regeneration is to be born again, to be born anew, of the divine life, the life which is Christ Himself, the life that is characteristic of New Jerusalem.

Since regeneration brings the life of New Jerusalem into us, is regeneration sufficient to bring us into New Jerusalem? There are two answers. The first answer is, No, regeneration is not sufficient. Regeneration is a birth, a beginning, as in John 3:3, 5, 6. By this birth we are infants in Christ (1 Corinthians 3:1). Such a condition does not match New Jerusalem, which is a consummation. New Jerusalem is characterized by the number 12 which indicates eternal perfection; the city is not the beginning in life but the maturity in life.

The second answer is, Yes, regeneration will bring us to New Jerusalem. The life we received when we were born again is full of promise. Among plants and animals and humans, some begin in life but die and never reach maturity. Eternal life is different. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that every one who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.” Everyone who believes has eternal life and has a promise of never perishing. The divine life which we received will grow in us unto maturity to match New Jerusalem. Everyone who is born again will reach maturity in life. The only question is how fast this life will grow in us, which is determined by our cooperation.

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