Born into the Kingdom of Life

Limekiln St Park, CARevelation 22:1-2a says, “And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street. And on this side and on that side of the river was the tree of life, producing twelve fruits, yielding its fruit each month.” The throne in New Jerusalem indicates that it is a kingdom, the ultimate manifestation of the kingdom of God.

We might have a mental image of a kingdom with commands and judgments coming from the throne. New Jerusalem is not like this—what issues from the throne is the river of water of life with the tree of life. This is a kingdom of life!

The way to enter this kingdom of life is by a new birth, a second birth (John 3:3, 5). Jesus told Nicodemus, “Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” The other side of this coin is, if one is born of water and the Spirit, he enters the kingdom of God.

By this birth we receive eternal life, the life of New Jerusalem. This birth is the enlivening of our human spirit, our innermost part, which had been dead, and this birth and new life is our entrance into the kingdom of God.

We should remember the picture of human life—birth is followed by growth and growth continues until maturity. Likewise we grow in the eternal life, being transformed (2 Corinthians 3:18) into the Lord’s image of glory. By such growth our being will match New Jerusalem. While we are growing, let us be thankful for our new birth.

Related posts:
Growing with the Growth of God
Growth in Life by Holding Fast the Word of God

ps: There are many verses about the kingdom in the New Testament. These verses touch many aspects of God’s kingdom and those touching other aspects (e.g. our responsibilities) do not negate the fact that the essence of the kingdom is life.

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  1. Beatriz

     /  August 26, 2013

    The other side of the coin I think it would be condemnation, eternal perdition, be part of the kingdom of Satan, a kingdom of darkness under the ruling of sin, flesh, the world …..

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    • Yes, only two sides to the coin. Col 1:13 tells us that the Father (the source of life) “delivered us out of the authority of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” Thank Him.

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