The Garden of Eden and New Jerusalem

New JerusalemOn April 19 I began a series looking at similarities between the garden of Eden and New Jerusalem. Since then this comparison, of Genesis 2–3 with Revelation 21–22, has grown. Thank the Lord for how His word unfolds as we dig into it. Here is a summary of this series; each ❖ symbol links to a specific post.

God was present in the garden as the Creator and is present in New Jerusalem as the redeeming and life-imparting Lamb-God.

Man was created in God’s image in Genesis and is one with God in life in Revelation.

Redemption is portrayed in the garden; completed redemption is seen in the city.

God and man, although speaking face to face in the garden, were separate; in the New Testament, including New Jerusalem, God in Christ lives in His believers and they live in Him.

The tree of life is in both the garden and the city; Jesus Christ is the reality of this tree and is available to us now.

A choice between life and death is shown by the tree of life and tree of knowledge in the garden; man faces this choice through the Bible although not in the new creation.

The river of life is in both the garden and the city; the Spirit is the reality of this flow of life reaching us today.

Three kinds of precious materials were in the garden; three kinds of precious materials are built together in the city.

Eve, the bride of Adam, who came out of Adam, is a picture of the church and New Jerusalem coming out of Christ and returning to Him as His bride.

God’s building of the rib from Adam’s side into Eve is a picture of building the church and New Jerusalem with the unbroken life which flows out from Christ.

God’s glory, holiness, and righteousness are seen in the garden, in the redemption of Christ, in our Christian life, and in New Jerusalem.

A photo of Ireland from space, courtesy of European Space Agency.

A related post: The Central Thought of God, by Stefan at aGod-man.com

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  1. Reblogged this on ebncube and commented:
    The tree of knowledge of good and evil in not in Revelation because 21-22 because God’s heart desire is fulfilled in the consumaion of the New Jerusalem, the one entity of God mingled with His redeemed elect. There is no need to choose anymore. Satan, death, and those not found in the of life have been cast into the lake of fire in Revelation 20! In Revelation 21 there is a new heaven and a new earth. Death is no more (Rev. 21:4). In Genesis 2:17 God told Adam and Eve “of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, of it you shall not eat; for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

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