In ourselves, we do not match the city, so we cannot be part of it. But God has His plan. We are called vessels because we were created by God to contain God. When we receive Jesus Christ as our life, He enters into us. The result is “we have this treasure [Jesus Christ] in earthen vessels [us] that the excellency of the power may be of God and not out of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).
With coffee mugs, suitcases, flower vases, and other physical containers, the contents and the container remain separate. In contrast, God’s plan is that the contents mingle with the container.
Jesus Christ, “the life” (John 14:6), is the contents. We, a tripartite vessel (1 Thessalonians 5:23), are the container. When He enters into us, our spirit, our innermost part, becomes life (Romans 8:10). When our mind is “of the spirit” then our mind also becomes life (Romans 8:6). Finally, to the extent that the Spirit dwells/lives in us, life is imparted to our mortal body (Romans 8:11).
Eventually our entire being is full of life. This life is resurrection life, in contrast to the death which characterizes our “dusty” created being. This life, the life of New Jerusalem, brings us into resurrection and into glory to match New Jerusalem.
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