The Gate and the Way to New Jerusalem

New JerusalemThe new man was created by and in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:14-16). This is the predecessor of New Jerusalem. The new man is a corporate man in Christ and the eternal city is a corporate humanity (including God’s Old Testament and New Testament people) in the Triune God.

Faith and the reality of baptism bring us out of the old man and transfer us into the new man. This transfer is clearly presented in Colossians 3:9-10: “you have put off the old man…and have put on the new man.”

This transfer is accomplished once and is eternally secure. Nevertheless, we need to cooperate with this transfer. This cooperation is seen in Colossians 3:9: “Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his practices.”

Although we have put off the old man with his practices, yet we are still exhorted “do not lie.” Positionally we have put off the old man with his lying; experientially we apply the Lord to save us from lying in our daily living. (A human illustration: a person moving from one country to another has a quick positional transfer. But it will take years for an experientially transfer to the new language and new culture.)

The positional and experiential transfers are like the narrow gate and the narrow way presented by the Lord in Matthew 7:13-14. We enter through the gate once, then we walk on the way continually. This walk is our experience of living in the new man, a living which culminates in New Jerusalem.

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