Christ has the First Place in New Jerusalem

Paul’s seeing of the Body of Christ and the New Man reveal much about New Jerusalem. Following Romans, 1 Corinthians, and Ephesians, we come to Colossians.

New Jerusalem• “He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things.” (1:18) Let us give Him first place in us!
• Paul rejoiced “in my sufferings on your behalf and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His Body.” (1:24) The sufferings for the Body are also part of the preparation of New Jerusalem, but in eternity there will be no sufferings.
• We are “holding the Head, out from whom all the Body, being richly supplied and knit together by means of the joints and sinews, grows with the growth of God.” (2:19) This, parallel to Ephesians 4:15-16, is related to the preparation of New Jerusalem.
• We “have put off the old man” and “have put on the new man.” (3:10-11). This matches Ephesians 4:22, 24.
• “Let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body; and be thankful.” (3:15) Peace is of Christ and He is making home in our hearts. Thank Him!

As in the prior books, all of these characteristics of the Body and New Man seen in Colossians apply to New Jerusalem. Christ has the first place in the city and He is its peace. The city is absolutely of the new man, with nothing of the old man. Finally, New Jerusalem is full grown, mature, in Christ.

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