New Jerusalem, the center of the new creation (Revelation 21:1-2), is the consummation of all the newness in the Bible. The city is new because, like the new man, it is in Christ and in it Christ is all and in all. God in Christ defines what is new. Everything and every person outside of Christ is old.
Here is a summary with a link and a key verse for each of the recent posts on New Jerusalem as the consummation of the divine newness. In a proper Christian life we experience the newness of New Jerusalem now.
∗ If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Where are we? If in Christ, we are a new creation; if not in Christ, we are in the old creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17
∗ In Christ, by entering into and experiencing His death and thereby being ushered into His resurrection, we can walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4
∗ Resurrection and newness cannot be separated. In resurrection we walk in newness of life and the Spirit is the reality of resurrection. Therefore, we serve in newness of spirit. Romans 7:6
∗ By serving in spirit, we participate in the new covenant ministry of the Spirit who gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:6
∗ Christ created the new man on the cross. We have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him. Colossians 3:10
∗ The new man is experiencing the renewing of the Holy Spirit. Several chapters in the epistles show us how to cooperate with the Spirit’s renewing work in our being. Titus 3:5
∗ New Jerusalem is the consummation of the new covenant. The Lord established the new covenant by His death and now we who have been called receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
Here is a summary with a link and a key verse for some older posts about the newness of the heavenly Jerusalem and our experience of the Spirit’s renewing.
∗ God created man in His image and with His likeness for the accomplishing of His purpose. The original man fell but on the cross Christ created a new man which will fulfill God’s purpose and bring in New Jerusalem. Ephesians 2:15
∗ Our believing into Jesus Christ brings us into the new creation. Although we still need the renewing of the Holy Spirit, our believing puts us on and guarantees the path to New Jerusalem. John 1:12
∗ All believers are positionally in the new man, yet we still need to cooperate with the Spirit’s work in us so that we may be renewed in the spirit of our mind. Ephesians 4:23
∗ Christ is our new beginning, typified by new moons and new years. Revelation mentions singing a new song (singing is a good way to enjoy His newness). These new things (and many more) point toward New Jerusalem. Psalm 33:3
∗ Based on the sacrifice (the death on the cross) of our passover Christ, we are a new lump. We should therefore keep the feast with Christ as our pure, new food which energizes us to live Him. 1 Corinthians 5:8
∗ The new man is being renewing according to the image of Him [Christ] who created the new man. Christ is the image of the invisible God and the renewing brings forth the image of God which ultimately is displayed by New Jerusalem. Colossians 1:15
How wonderful is the work of the Triune God. God has put us into Christ where we are the new man. Here the Spirit is renewing us so that our entire being will have the newness which will be characteristic of New Jerusalem.
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