More than once Moses was on a mountain, in a cloud (Exo. 24, 34). Paul was “three days without seeing, and he neither ate nor drank” (Acts 9). Then he “went away to Arabia” (Gal. 1). These times of separation were for seeing the heavenly vision, and these are a pattern to us for seeing New Jerusalem.
You might wonder how Paul’s experiences relate to New Jerusalem, since he never said anything about it. True, Paul never directly mentioned New Jerusalem. But, he wrote much for us about the Body of Christ and about the New Man, both of which develop into New Jerusalem.
Therefore, let us consider what Paul says about the Body* and the New Man, since every characteristic of them is also a characteristic of New Jerusalem.
• “We who are many are one Body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” (12:5) Likewise, New Jerusalem is one city in Christ and we are members of it.
Next, 1 Corinthians.
• “There is one bread, we who are many are one Body; for we all partake of the one bread.” (10:17) Because we all partake of Christ, now and in eternity, we are one in Him.
• “In one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body.” (12:13) The Spirit brings us into the reality of the Body.
• “God has blended the body together.” (12:24) Here our physical body is a picture of His spiritual Body, and the blending of the members is of God, not of us.
• “You are the Body of Christ.” (12:27) We are the Body.
Likewise, the Spirit brings us into the reality of New Jerusalem where we all are blended together in oneness and we all partake of Christ as the tree of life (Rev. 22:2).
* Here I consider only His corporate, spiritual Body, composed of all His believers, not His individual physical body in which He lived and which was crucified and resurrected.
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