We are all one in Christ Jesus, in the Body of Christ, and in the new man. This oneness will continue into New Jerusalem. In Christ there is oneness without any national, cultural, ethnic, or social distinctions.
God created man on the sixth day and said “very good” (Genesis 1:26, 31). Soon afterwards man sinned and became the old man, old meaning separated from God. In Christ we are saved from the old man.
In Christ we are in the new man. Through His death on the cross Jesus Christ terminated all the partitions between different peoples and created one new man. He has slain all the enmity and has reconciled us in one body to God (Ephesians 2:14-16).
Because of what Jesus Christ did, there is a praise to Him in Revelation 5:9, saying, “You were slain and have purchased for God by Your blood men out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” As a result, in Revelation 7:9 John saw “a great multitude which no one could number, out of every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes and palm branches in their hands.”
In these verses out of signifies that the believers are no longer in their nations or tribes or peoples. Rather, we are all in Christ and in the new man, having been purchased by the Lamb out of the old man.
In the reality of baptism, we not only put off the old man; we also put on the new man (Colossians 3:10). Now we can experience the inward renewing to live in the reality of the new man. This living is a foretaste of a living that will be much sweeter and more joyous in New Jerusalem.
Photo by Janet Ward, NOAA HPCC, courtesy of NOAA (U.S. Dept. of Commerce).