The new creation, expected in 2 Peter 3:13, is revealed with New Jerusalem in Revelation 21:1-2. However, we need not wait. The spiritual reality of the new creation is present already although the consummation is yet to come.
In 1 Corinthians 5:7 we are a new lump. This is based on the sacrifice (the death on the cross) of “our passover Christ.” We should therefore “keep the feast” (v. 8) not with the old leaven of evil but with Christ as our pure, new food which energizes us to live Him (John 6:57). Our passover Christ and the feast that He established will continue into New Jerusalem.
In 2 Corinthians 5:17 any man who is in Christ (by believing into Him) is a new creation. This is not visible in the physical realm, but Christ in us is reality in the realm of resurrection. What is invisible within us will become visible when He returns and will be fully manifested in New Jerusalem.
Based on our being a new creation, we should walk in a way to care for this new creation, for Christ as our life. The rule for our walk (Galatians 6:15-16) is not “do this, don’t do that.” The reality is not in outward forms, performances, appearances, or rituals. The reality of the Christian life, now and in eternity, is “of the heart, in spirit” (Romans 2:29). This is to keep our walk according to the divine nature, the one street of New Jerusalem.
Today we are, we have, and we can live the spiritual new creation; soon we will also see it and New Jerusalem visibly and participate in it fully.
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