The Fall 2012 issue of Affirmation & Critique* focuses on New Jerusalem. Here is an excerpt from the fourth article, The New Jerusalem—The Consummation of God’s Work in Humanity (by David Yoon).
The first man is the corporate man whom God created for the fulfillment of His eternal purpose; the old man is the created man who became old through the corruption of the fall; the second man is Christ, the first God-man, as the initial accomplishment of God’s purpose; and the new man is the corporate God-man as the reproduction of the second man for the full accomplishment of God’s purpose. The divine revelation in the entire Bible may be considered the history of these four men with the New Jerusalem as its culmination. Genesis 1 and 2 unveil the creation of the first man. Genesis 3 through Malachi present the history of the old man, the first man who fell. The four Gospels in the New Testament offer the biography of the second man as the replacement of the first man, and Acts through Revelation 20 contain the story of the new man as the corporate enlargement of the second man. The last two chapters of the Bible present the description of the New Jerusalem as the consummation of the new man.
Adam is the first man and Jesus Christ is both the second man and the last Adam. “So also it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living soul’; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit. The first man is out of the earth, earthy; the second man is out of heaven.” (1 Corinthians 15:45, 47)
Due to man’s fall, all of Adam’s descendants became the old man, but through redemption and regeneration all who believe in Jesus become the new man. In position, through baptism, we have put off the old man and put on the new man. Now in our Christian experience we need to put off the living of the old man with all his actions (Colossians 3:5-9) and put on the living of Christ as the reality of the new man (Colossians 3:1-4).
The new man is the forerunner and New Jerusalem will the completion. Today Christ is our life in the new man and tomorrow Christ will be our life in New Jerusalem.
* Affirmation & Critique is a Christian Journal published twice a year and available online. It presents Bible truths in a scholarly manner, with references to and citations from a variety of publications by authors over the entire Christian era. Affirmation & Critique exhibits much appreciation for the person and work of Jesus Christ and our life with Him. The Fall 2012 issue (Vol. XVII, No. 2) focuses on New Jerusalem.
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