New to Match New Jerusalem

New JerusalemA recent post touched the positional and dispositional aspects of our Christian life. We become new in both aspects to match the newness of New Jerusalem. This is part of the preparation of New Jerusalem as the bride.

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and the sea is no more. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:1-2)

Our believing is “believing into* Jesus Christ.” This is a frequent expression in John’s gospel, as in 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name.” Some other “into” verses are 3:18, 6:29, and 14:1.

As a result of believing, we have a new birth, of the Spirit, and become children of God. This is our new beginning. Since we believed into Christ, we are now positioned in Him. “So then if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, they have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

God’s original creation was a corporate man in Adam, intended to express God with God’s image and to represent Him with His dominion (Genesis 1:26-28). That man fell and became old. For accomplishing God’s purpose, the corporate new man created by Christ Jesus on the cross (Ephesians 2:15) has replaced the old man.

In Christ we are part of this new man. We are in the newness of God which is the beginning and the guarantee of our journey to the newness of New Jerusalem.

* “Into” is from the Greek preposition εις, distinct from εν which is “in” and επι which is “on” or “upon.” Some translations do not show these three distinctions in English.

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