God in the Garden and in the City (4)

God in Eden, God in New JerusalemThe first of many parallels between the garden of Eden and New Jerusalem is the presence of God. The creating God was in the garden of Eden and the creating, redeeming, devil-destroying, and life-imparting God-Man is in New Jerusalem.

The garden of Eden was the top place on God’s created earth. However, at that time nothing of God had yet been built. Perhaps Abram, when he built altars in two places (Genesis 12:7-8) was the first to build something involving God. Later the nation of Israel built the tabernacle and then the temple. These were pictures of the New Testament reality.

In response to the Lord’s inquiry, Peter confessed that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Then Jesus said, “I will build My church” (Matthew 16:16, 18). In resurrection, He came into His believers as life and through them (through us) He fulfilled His promise to build the church.

The building of the church is by Christ as life growing each believer, the ministry of life among believers, and the knitting together of the believers in this life. A few verses about this are Ephesians 4:12, 15-16 and 1 Peter 2:2-5. (see related posts for more) The culmination of God’s building work is New Jerusalem.

The God who created was in the garden of Eden. That creation required only God’s speaking—“And God said let…” (Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 15, 20, 22, 24, 26). The God who created, redeemed, destroyed the devil, imparted life, and built is in New Jerusalem. This building work required God to enter into humanity through incarnation and in humanity to pass through human living, death, burial, and resurrection. Thus, the God who is in New Jerusalem is much more than the God who was in the garden.

Related posts:
Living Stones
God’s New Testament Building is Spiritual
We All Participate in the Ministry of Life for Building
No Mansions

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