New Jerusalem is the Consummate Newness

New JerusalemNew Jerusalem, a living city which is the mingling of God and His people, is the consummation of everything positive in the Bible. Four recent posts present an overview of this consummation. Since “New” is part of the city’s name, this post looks in a little more depth at New Jerusalem as the consummate newness.

The Old Testament has new moons and first days of years which are shadows of Christ (Colossians 2:16-17) as our new beginning. Many times in Psalms we read of singing a new song to the Lord. Singing to Him is a great way to taste His freshness.

Isaiah 65–65 has prophecies of the Lord doing new things and bringing forth new heavens and a new earth. Peter spoke of this, saying, “according to His promise we are expecting new heavens and a new earth” (2 Peter 2:13). This is fulfilled in Revelation 21:1—John saw a new heaven and a new earth as the setting for New Jerusalem.

In Jeremiah 31:31-34 the Lord promises a new covenant. Jesus, through His death, enacted this covenant, saying in Luke 22:20, “This cup is the new covenant established in My blood, which is being poured out for you.” Our receiving of this covenant brings us to New Jerusalem. Jesus not only enacted this new covenant; He is now also its Mediator so that “those who have been called might receive the promise of the eternal inheritance” (Hebrews 9:15). Surely this eternal inheritance includes all that is in New Jerusalem.

Along with His mediation, the ministers of the new covenant (2 Corinthians 3:6) are ministering the Spirit who gives life for the building up of the Body of Christ unto New Jerusalem.

The new beginnings, new creation, and new covenant are examples of the new thing which have their consummation in New Jerusalem.

 

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