In resurrection we walk in newness of life and we serve in newness of spirit. Resurrection, the divine and eternal life, the Spirit with our spirit, and newness are all essential qualities of New Jerusalem. These qualities all proceed from God.
In 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 Paul says that “our sufficiency is from God, who has also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant, ministers not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
Paul also says that in the New Testament way we “serve by the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3). When we serve by the Spirit of God, our service has God’s newness. However, if we have confidence in our flesh—our natural talents, our natural training, and our natural experiences—our serving will not be in newness.
In Philippians 3:3, the Greek word translated serve means to serve as a priest. It is the same Greek word as in Revelation 22:3, “His slaves will serve Him.” Our serving now should have the same spirit and the same newness as our serving in New Jerusalem.
Lord Jesus, make us people of the Spirit, people in resurrection walking in newness, people serving in spirit, people ministering the Spirit and life. This is our foretaste of New Jerusalem and our preparation for New Jerusalem.