The Entrance into New Jerusalem

Revelation 21:10-12 says, “And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal. It had a great and high wall and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names inscribed, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.”

New Jerusalem has a great and high wall for separation and it also has twelve gates for its entrance. Remember that New Jerusalem is not physical; it is spiritual. The wall is a spiritual separation and the gates are for spiritual traffic. In our fallen humanity we are shut out. Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” As sinners we had no possibility to be in New Jerusalem which has “the glory of God.” As sinners we were also “dead in our offenses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1), having no possibility to participate in the city of life (Revelation 22:1-2). The wall of the city excludes all sin and all death.

In Adam there is only sin and death; in Christ there is life and righteousness plus grace and glory (Romans 5:12-21). It is by faith and baptism that we enter into Christ and become a new creation in Him (Galatians 3:26-27). In this way we experienced a transfer out of Adam and into Christ—this is our entrance into New Jerusalem. New Jerusalem includes all “those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1) as well as God’s chosen among Israel.

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