We Are Heavenly in Christ Jesus

A prior post was Jesus Came, and New Jerusalem Will Come, Out of Heaven from God, Bringing God and Heaven to Earth. In coming from heaven to earth, both Jesus and New Jerusalem retain their heavenly nature. First Corinthians 15:45-48 compares Adam and Jesus:

So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul”; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit. But the spiritual is not first but the soulish, then the spiritual: the first man is out of the earth, earthy; the second man is out of heaven. As the earthy is, such are they also that are earthy; and as the heavenly is, such are they also that are heavenly.

New JerusalemThese verses have several contrasts between Adam and Jesus.
• Adam is the first; Jesus is both second and last.
• Adam is out of the earth and is earthy; Jesus is out of heaven and heavenly.
• Adam is soulish; Jesus is spiritual.

In Adam we are earthy. But God has transferred us out of Adam into Jesus Christ. “Of God we are in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:29-30). In Christ we are heavenly (v. 15:48 has the plural “they”—all who believe in Jesus Christ). The heavens are our position in Christ.

Then verse 15:49 goes on the say, “And even as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.” Although our position is heavenly in Christ, our image is not yet heavenly. Sometimes our image is quite earthly—impatience, anxiety, overeating, complaining, etc. Nevertheless, verse 49 is confident, “we will also bear the image of the heavenly.”

This confidence is based on the transforming work of the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18) which is changing us into the glorious image of Jesus Christ, the heavenly image which will be displayed by New Jerusalem.

Related posts: _The Gradual Development of Glory
Behold and Reflect the Glory of the Lord
We Are Regenerated and Transformed for God’s Eternal Building

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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