Newness is God Himself Filling the City

New JerusalemGod Himself is the definition of newness and the standard for newness. New Jerusalem is divinely new and eternally new because it is saturated with God.

In the human realm we call many things new but they get old quickly. What was “new” last week or last year or last decade becomes broken or traded in or thrown away or no longer in style. Human “newness” is very fleeting.

Here are examples of divine newness:
• In Luke 5 the Lord spoke about Himself as the Bridegroom and added a parable about a new garment and new wine. He is the reality of this parable as the new garment to cover us and the new wine to fill us.
• On the cross Jesus Christ created in Himself one new man (Ephesians 2:15). The crucial matter is, Where are we? To be in the new man we must be in Christ.
• “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Again, Where are we? If in Christ, we are a new creation; if not in Christ, we are in the old creation.
• “He who sits on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5). Only God can make things new according to His definition of newness.

Although God was present at times with people in the Old Testament Jerusalem, that city was neither in God nor constituted with God’s essence. Hence it was not new. In contrast, New Jerusalem is of God, in God, and constituted with God. Thus it is new and will remain eternally new as the consummation of all the newness in the Bible.

Photo by Louis Haynes, courtesy of U.S. Forest Service, Creative Commons 2.0.

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  1. Edgar Hovhannisyan

     /  January 21, 2015

    Absolutely true! God Himself is the definition of newness and the standard for newness!

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    • In Ezekiel 36 God promises, “I will also give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.” We can’t make ourselves new, but God promised and God does it.

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