New Jerusalem has “twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names inscribed, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel” (Revelation 21:12). The angels and names indicate that the entrance to New Jerusalem is guarded by the law. Whoever enters New Jerusalem must satisfy the law’s requirements. In ourselves we can never satisfy the law, but Christ has done it for us! Through His death and resurrection, and through our inclusion in His death and resurrection, we enter New Jerusalem.
God made us alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:5) and now Christ is our life (Colossians 3:4). We have the life that satisfies the law’s requirements. Through the death and resurrection of Christ we not only enter New Jerusalem but also live a life that matches our entrance into New Jerusalem. Romans 8:3b-4 says, “God, sending His own Son in the likeness of the flesh of sin and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit.” In Romans 8:4, note 1* on “fulfilled” says,
___Not consciously kept by us through our outward endeavoring but spontaneously and
___unconsciously fulfilled in us by the inward working of the Spirit of life. The Spirit of
___life is the Spirit of Christ, and Christ corresponds with the law of God. This Spirit
___within us spontaneously fulfills all the righteous requirements of the law through us
___when we walk according to Him.
We have the Spirit of life (Romans 8:2) and our spirit is life because Christ is in us (Romans 8:10); therefore our walk, our living, in our spirit mingled with the Spirit, fulfills the requirements of the law. Thus we are in the foretaste of New Jerusalem not only positionally but also in practicality.
* in The NT Recovery Version Online, © 1997-2012 by LSM