In July of this year I presented portions about New Jerusalem from the Fall 2012 issue of Affirmation & Critique. That issue focused on New Jerusalem. The Spring 2013 issue focused on the One New Man (Eph. 2:15, Col. 3:9-11). One article in the spring issue is The Consummation of the New Man: The New Jerusalem by David Yoon. This begins,
The progressive accomplishment of the divine economy in God’s move among humanity is revealed in four significant expressions used in Paul’s Epistles: the first man [created], the old man [fallen], the second man [Jesus Christ], and the new man [His Body] (1 Cor. 15:47; Eph. 4:22, 24).
The majority of this article looks in detail and with many Bible verses at “The Correspondence between the Characteristics of the New Man and the Features of the New Jerusalem.”
Both the new man and the New Jerusalem are a composition of God’s sons, the product of God’s grace unto His glory, the expression of God’s glory, the expression of God’s righteousness and holiness, the means of God’s administration, a composition of the Jewish and Gentile believers, a corporate entity characterized by peace and oneness, and the masterpiece of God. If we see the correlation between the new man and the New Jerusalem, our stance toward the New Jerusalem will not be passive—one of merely waiting to go someday to a physical city. Instead, by the grace of God we will adopt an active attitude, endeavoring to experience the spiritual realities of the new man throughout our Christian life.
Such an attitude and pursuit on our part matches the closing of Peter’s second epistle. Here, speaking of the change from the old creation to the new (3:10-13), he says, “what kind of persons ought you to be in holy manner of life and godliness, expecting and hastening the coming of the day of God.” Hence, we should live a holy life by living Christ as our holiness to hasten the judgment day of God. This day will bring in the new creation of which the center is New Jerusalem.
* Affirmation & Critique is a Christian Journal published twice a year, © by Living Stream Ministry. 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. Fall 2012 Spring 2013