New Jerusalem in a Divine Metaphor (2)

The divine metaphor in Galatians 4:21-31 presents characteristics of the heavenly New Jerusalem. Galatians 5 continues, as shown by its further speaking concerning freedom and slavery. Here are two characteristics of New Jerusalem presented in Galatians 5:1-6, a few more will be in the next post.

New Jerusalem

Christ: Jesus Christ is the center and reality of our present Christian life and of New Jerusalem. His is the first name and the last name in the New Testament (Matthew 1:1, Revelation 22:21). He is in us and we are in Him (John 14:20). He is our Lord, our life, and much more. He is our unique center. He is the focus of every part of the New Testament. Creation is in Him, through Him, and unto Him; He is the Firstborn from the dead; He has first place in all things (Colossians 1:15-18). He is “all and in all” (Colossians 3:11).

Grace: When we experience Jesus Christ, He is grace to us. In His incarnation He was “full of grace” (John 1:14). In His incarnation grace came (v. 17) to man; came can literally be translated became or came into being. God coming in the man Jesus to all men is grace. Therefore John says, “Of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace” (v. 16). Grace for our Christian life today is expressed at the beginning and end of many epistles, such as Romans 1:7, 16:20 and 2 Peter 1:2, 3:18. The entire Bible concludes with grace to us (Revelation 22:21). Grace upon grace today is wonderful; surely there will be even more in New Jerusalem.

In our Christian walk today, may we never be separated from Christ nor fallen from grace (Galatians 5:4). May we be those who “receive the abundance of grace” (Romans 5:17) that we may “be empowered in the grace which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1). This grace will carry us forward to New Jerusalem. As declared in 1 Thessalonians 5:28:

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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