God in the Garden and in the City (3)

God in Eden, God in New JerusalemThere are many parallels between the garden of Eden and New Jerusalem. The first parallel is the presence of God. The creating God was in the garden of Eden and the creating, redeeming, and devil-destroying God-Man is on the throne in New Jerusalem.

Through incarnation God became the God-Man Jesus. Through death and resurrection He redeemed us and destroyed the devil. These two actions save us from what is negative.

God in the garden was willing to be received as eternal life by created mankind. This is portrayed by the tree of life available to man in Genesis 2. But due to sin’s entry, man was kept away from the tree of life (Genesis 3:22-24).

In His death the God-Man both redeemed us and released the eternal life. This is illustrated in John 19:34. When the Lord Jesus died on the cross “one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.” Blood indicates forgiveness of sins and water indicates eternal life released.

Now, after the Lord’s resurrection, everyone “who believes into the Son has eternal life” (John 3:36). Eternal life in all the believers is a present reality. This life is the Son, Jesus Christ. “God gave to us eternal life and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life” (1 John 5:11-12).

Jesus Christ, the God-Man, went through a life-releasing death and entered a life-imparting resurrection. Both now (“Christ lives in me” Galatians 2:20) and in New Jerusalem we have this wonderful creating, redeeming, devil-destroying, and life-imparting God-Man. Praise Him.

Photo by Nancy Baldwin, courtesy of NOAA/U.S. Dept. of Commerce.

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  1. What did Jesus mean when He said that there is a “strait gate” to eternal life.


    • The word “strait” means “narrow.” (It is a different word from “straight” which means not curved or bent.) The “narrow gate” is in Matt. 7:13-14. To enter this gate is the beginning of our Christian life, a life walked along the narrow road to the full participation in eternal life in the coming kingdom. The gate is narrow in the sense that it requires us to open our heart to Jesus; to thank Him for what He accomplished, and to ask Him to come into us and live in us.


  2. David Kan

     /  May 13, 2013

    I would just add that this narrow gate ushers us into a different realm–the kingdom of God where the divine life supplies a way to meet the high demands. Take, for example, Matthew 5:22, which correlates the outward act of murder to the inward condition of anger.


    • Both the high standard – “perfect” – and the supply of the divine life – Father (not “God”) – are clear in Matthew 5:48, “You therefore shall be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”


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