We received redemption in Him (Romans 3:24)
We have been baptized into Him (Romans 6:3)
Of God we are in Him (1 Corinthians 1:30)
We are all one in Him (Galatians 3:28)
We are one Body in Him (Romans 12:5)
He created the new man in Himself (Eph. 2:15)
We can be empowered in the grace in Him (2 Timothy 2:1)
We are called into God’s eternal glory in Him (1 Peter 5:10)
and much more!
The ultimate issue of our Christian life is New Jerusalem. Our Christian life and living today is in Jesus Christ* and, as the Body is in Him and the new man is in Him, so also New Jerusalem will be in Him.
Therefore, what He is will characterize New Jerusalem. Let’s look at 3 verses in Hebrews.
Verse 7:16 says that Christ was appointed a High Priest “according to the power of an indestructible life.” We are familiar with the term eternal life but the word indestructible is unique in this verse. New Jerusalem will not only be eternal in quality and time but also indestructible.
Verse 7:24 tells us that “He, because He abides forever, has His priesthood unalterable.” Because New Jerusalem is in Jesus Christ, because He is perfect, and because the city is animated with indestructible life, there is no reason or possibility to change it—it is unalterable**.
Verses 12:22-24 speak of our coming forward to Mt. Zion, to the city of the living God, to God, to Jesus, to the blood which speaks better. Then verse 12:28 sums up saying, “Therefore receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us have grace.” Our coming forward is our receiving. Other things are shakable (v. 12:27) but New Jerusalem is unshakable. Let us come forward, receive, and have grace!
Lord, grace us in Yourself every day from now unto New Jerusalem.
* Our position in Jesus Christ is eternally firm, yet when we get angry, sink in despair, forget about Him while we pursue other goals, or any other kind of failure, our living is not in Him. At such times we are in Him positionally but not abiding in Him. We can confess our sins/weaknesses/failures, ask Him to forgive us (1 John 1:9), and ask Him to return us to and keep us living in Him.
** We often change things in our human surroundings because we get tired of them; we become unsatisfied. But in New Jerusalem we will be totally satisfied and will not seek any alterations.