It is God’s mercy that we have been forgiven and regenerated and are going to New Jerusalem. On this path we still need God’s mercy. Today we come forward to receive mercy and find grace at the throne, which is the throne of God and the Lamb in New Jerusalem.
In Galatians 6:15-16 Paul says, “For neither is circumcision anything nor uncircumcision, but a new creation is what matters. And as many as walk by this rule, peace be upon them and mercy, even upon the Israel of God.”
Circumcision and uncircumcision are outward; they are not what matters. What matters to Christians is the new creation. In Galatians the new creation includes Christ revealed in us (1:16), being sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus (3:26), Christ living in us (2:20), and Christ formed in us (4:19).
The new creation also includes receiving the Spirit by faith (3:2), being perfected by the Spirit (3:3), walking by the Spirit (5:16), living by the Spirit (5:25), and sowing unto the Spirit (6:8).
In our living we should care for the new creation. Presently this creation is spiritual and hidden within us. Eventually the new creation, the new heaven and new earth with New Jerusalem as their center, will become visible to all (Revelation 21:1-2).
Paul’s word in Galatians 6 wishes peace and mercy to those who walk by caring for the new creation, to those who have a living and a view unto New Jerusalem.
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