Renewing unto New Jerusalem (3)

Revelation 21:1-2 says, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away….And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem.” God’s work to bring forth a new heaven and new earth with New Jerusalem as their center has already begun in His chosen people. Second Corinthians 5:17 declares, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.”

Through regeneration we obtained the position in and life of God’s new creation. This is the life of New Jerusalem. Nevertheless, we need to experience this new creation. Therefore, Romans 12:2 exhorts us to “be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.” This exhortation makes it clear that we should not merely be thankful for what we have received; rather, we need to advance in the new creation by letting the Spirit operate in us to transform us by renewing us.

Our renewing proceeds from the Spirit who made our human spirit alive when we were born again (John 3:6) and who now dwells in our spirit. Ephesians 4:23 tells us to “be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” This renewing is the spreading of the Spirit from our spirit to our soul, imparting the divine newness into our soul, including our mind. Since the Bible calls for our renewing, we should say “amen” and give ourselves to the Lord for renewing. This is to give ourselves to the fellowship of God’s Son which results in our being attuned in the same mind and same opinion with Him (1 Corinthians 1:9-10). Lord, draw me more into Your fellowship so that You may renew me unto New Jerusalem.

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