God in the Garden and in the City (2)

God in Eden, God in New JerusalemThere are many parallels between the garden of Eden and New Jerusalem (see this post). My prior post began looking at God in the garden and in the city. God was in the garden as the Creator but God is in the city as the Redeemer, the Lamb-God.

The Lamb-God is both God and Man, having both eternal divinity and the humanity put on in His incarnation. As such a God-Man, He not only redeemed us but also destroyed the devil.

Hebrews 2:14 tells us, “Since therefore the children have shared in blood and flesh, He also Himself in like manner partook of the same, that through death He might destroy him who has the might of death, that is, the devil.” And 1 John 3:8 adds, “the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

By incarnation, God in the Man Jesus partook of blood and flesh. Then through His death He destroyed both the devil and the devil’s works. (You might ask why the devil still seems so active. It is because God is seeking our cooperation in carrying out what was accomplished on the cross. Revelation 12:5-11 records one of the later steps of this cooperation.)

Because the devil had free access to the garden, he was able to tempt man and man fell into sin which brought in death. In contrast, when New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven, the devil will be in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10) and sin and death will not be present (Revelation 21:4).

To summarize, the creating God was present in the garden of Eden and the creating, redeeming, and devil-destroying God-Man is present in New Jerusalem.

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  1. Praise the Lord for the progressive revelation of God from Genesis to Revelation! Through all the steps of His process, the creating God in the garden of Eden has become the creating, redeeming, and devil-destroying God-Man present in New Jerusalem. Surely this process manifests our God’s multifarious wisdom. If there were not the problems brought in by the fall, there would also not be such a full revelation of our God. For eternity, in the New Jerusalem, we’ll be praising and enjoying this creating, redeeming, and devil-destroying God-Man!

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