Renewing unto New Jerusalem (1)

Peter tells us, “But according to His promise we are expecting new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:13). His reference to a “promise” is probably Isaiah 65:17 and 66:22. In Revelation 21:1-2 John says, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and the sea is no more. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Although God will wait until the end to bring forth new heaven and new earth, God’s desire today is the renewing of His people. This renewing is a hidden, inward operation on the path to New Jerusalem. The basis for this renewing is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When He was raised from the dead, all the New Testament believers were raised with Him. Based on the accomplished fact of resurrection, in 2 Corinthians 4:16 Paul declares his experience and confidence in God’s present renewing work in our being, “Therefore we do not lose heart; but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.” Our outer man is decaying unto death but our inner man is being renewed daily. All of the decay that we see should turn us to rejoice in God’s inner renewal.

The core of our inner man is our human spirit, where our renewing began with our regeneration. Titus 3:5 tells us that “according to His mercy He [our Savior God  in v. 4] saved us, through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit.” From our regeneration onwards, the Holy Spirit, who is one with our spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17) desires to gradually saturate our being with God’s newness to make us inwardly the same as New Jerusalem.

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