Genesis 1:27 says, “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him.” God’s goal in creation, ultimately realized by New Jerusalem, was that man would receive God as life and be enabled to express God.
The created man sinned and was shut out from the tree of life. But the redemption of Jesus Christ opened the door for man to receive God in Christ as life. By receiving, we are born of God and become God’s sons. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name, who were begotten…of God” (John 1:12-13).
The New Jerusalem is the aggregate of the divine sonship for the corporate expression of the Triune God (Rev. 21:2, 7; Eph. 1:5; Heb. 2:10; Rom. 8:23). To God we are the many sons, to Christ we are the many brothers, and to His Body we are the many members (Heb. 2:10; Rom. 8:29; 12:4-5). The Triune God is still working today to bring many sons into glory (Heb. 2:10). There is only one divine sonship, and we all are in this one sonship for the corporate expression of the Triune God….The New Jerusalem is the aggregate of all the sons of God together as a corporate expression; this is the fulfillment of Genesis 1:26, of God having man in His own image.*
The goal of God creating man in His image is fulfilled in New Jerusalem which has, and radiates, the glory of God. To achieve this goal, God is now “leading many sons into glory” (Heb. 2:10). Father God, thank You that I am one of Your sons. Lead me every day further into glory, all the way to New Jerusalem.
* Affirmation & Critique (A&C) is a Christian Journal published twice a year, © Living Stream Ministry. A&C presents Bible truths in a scholarly manner, with references to and citations from a variety of publications over the entire Christian era. A&C exhibits much appreciation for the person and work of Jesus Christ and our life with Him. This group of my posts has short extracts from the article The New Jerusalem—the Consummation of the Divine Economy according to the High Peak of the Divine Revelation by Ron Kangas in the Fall 2010 issue.
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