New Jerusalem is the consummation of the new man created by Jesus Christ on the cross (Ephesians 2:15). New Jerusalem is new because, like the new man, it is “in Christ” and in it “Christ is all and in all.”
This renewing is “of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5) who imparts the divine newness into us to replace our oldness in Adam. Here are three ways we can cooperate with the Spirit’s renewing:
In Romans 12:1-2 we present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God, love Him to be saved from loving the world/being conformed to this age, and thus are transformed by the renewing of our mind.
In 2 Corinthians 4:13-18 we exercise our spirit of faith; speak the things of Christ which we have been assured of in His resurrection; and concentrate our attention on the eternal, unseen things. In such a living our inner man is being renewed day by day.
In Ephesians 4 we take Christ as our lowliness and meekness that we may be diligent to keep the oneness of the Spirit, we put off our former manner of life, and we speak not with corrupt words but with grace-giving words so as not to grieve the Holy Spirit. The result is that we are renewed in the spirit of our mind.
In Christ we are a new creation and in Him we are in the new man. This is positional. The outcome of the Spirit’s renewing is that our condition, our constitution, our living, and our behavior gradually is transformed to match the new man. This is our path to New Jerusalem.
Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is © by Living Stream Ministry.
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