We Receive the Promise of the Spirit

New Jerusalem

New Jerusalem is the consummation of every positive person, action, symbol, and thing in the Bible. Galatians 3:13-14 says,

Christ has redeemed us out of the curse of the law, having become a curse on our behalf; because it is written, “Cursed is every one hanging on a tree;” in order that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

I came to these verses in my daily Bible reading two days ago. As I mused on them, my attention went to “Christ redeemed us…that we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” This reminded me of what the angel showed John in Revelation 22:1:

He showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.

The Christ who redeemed us by dying on the cross, the Christ spoken of in Galatians 3:13, is the Lamb on the throne in New Jerusalem. The water which flowed from His pierced side on the cross (John 19:34) portrays the Spirit we receive (Galatians 3:14) and this Spirit is also portrayed by the river of water of life flowing through New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:1).

God purposed, man fell, Christ redeemed, the Spirit comes; this is our foretaste of New Jerusalem. Praise our wonderful Triune God.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

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