New Jerusalem is a Corporate Man in the Triune God

God’s eternal purpose is centered on His relationship with man. By looking at highlights of God’s speaking about man, we will see something about New Jerusalem. In Genesis 1:26, God spoke His first words concerning man:

And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.

New JerusalemGod speaks of both man (singular) and them (plural). This indicates that God created a corporate man, mankind. The combination of singular and plural is seen again in Genesis 5:1-2. This created man turned away from God to human kingdoms (Genesis 10) and a city and tower (Genesis 11). These things exalt man and reject God.

In the New Testament God came in the man Jesus to redeem us from the fall and to bring forth a new corporate man for His purpose. Many verses refer to His taking care of all problems between God and man by His death on the cross (e.g. Galatians 3:13; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 2:24). In addition, the second half of Ephesians 2 speaks about a positive accomplishment of His death. Verses 15-16 say:

He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace, and might reconcile both in one Body to God through the cross, having slain the enmity by it.

The two and both refer to the Jewish people and the non-Jewish peoples. In Christ we all have been formed into one new corporate man. This corporate man is the predecessor of New Jerusalem. The one new man created on the cross in Christ indicates that the city New Jerusalem will be a corporate man, composed of all God’s people living in the Triune God.

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