New Jerusalem Has a Separating Wall and Open Gates

In Revelation 21:10-12 the apostle John tells us “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….It had a great and high wall and had twelve gates.”

New Jerusalem has both a wall for separation and gates for entrances. The wall excludes all that does not match New Jerusalem and the gates bring in all that matches the city. These two features of New Jerusalem match Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me…” The old “I”, the natural man, my person in Adam, cannot enter New Jerusalem due to the separating wall. This old person was crucified with Christ so that a new person, a “Christ lives in me” person, could come forth in resurrection and enter New Jerusalem.

New Jerusalem is a mingling of the Triune God and His chosen people. It is a city in resurrection. It is spiritual, not physical. Natural, fallen mankind cannot enter into the city. But God has made a way for us to enter! Christ came into humanity through incarnation, lived a divine-human life, died to terminate the old and fallen creation, and resurrected to bring forth a new creation. Now through faith and baptism we are joined to this incarnated-crucified-resurrected Christ. Our old man has been crucified and buried with Him (Romans 6:3-6), and we have been made alive and raised with Him (Ephesians 2:5-6). This burial and resurrection is our entrance into New Jerusalem. Rejoice!

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