Growth, Transformation for New Jerusalem

The prior posts are about our growth and transformation to bring us into New Jerusalem. The garden of Eden has many parallels with New Jerusalem, but man in the garden was merely a created being without God’s life. Now we have Christ’s redemption, Christ as our life within (Col. 3:4), and we cooperate with this life for growth, transformation, and maturity to manifest God as members of New Jerusalem.

New Jerusalem

These posts are from The Way for a Christian to Mature in Life, chapter 3, by Witness Lee, © LSM. Here is a highlight from each post, in the order published, with one significant verse (or more) and a link to the post.

New Jerusalem: Dwelling Place of God The garden of Eden and New Jerusalem are a paradise. The tree of life is in each one (Gen. 2:9, Rev. 22:2) as the divine life supply.

New Jerusalem: Dwelling Place of God (2) Both the garden and the city have the tree of life, the river of life (Rev. 22:1), and precious materials. What God did in the beginning is related to His ultimate goal.

New Jerusalem: God Manifest in Glory God reaches His goal by imparting Himself as life into man. “When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory” (Col. 3:4)

New Jerusalem: Dwelling Place and Bride New Jerusalem is both a glorious city and a prepared bride (Rev. 21:2, 9-11). To reach this goal, the Lord is sanctifying the church to be glorious, without any spot or wrinkle (Eph. 5:26-27).

New Jerusalem: God and Man Mingled In the garden man and God were separate. In the city we are mingled through God’s regenerating and transforming work (2 Cor. 3:18).

We Are Being Built into New Jerusalem God builds us into the city by His work in us which conforms us the the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29) so that the city expresses Him.

We Are Being Built into New Jerusalem (2) We do not enter the city as beings separate from it. Rather, God is building us into the city now. Ephesians 2:22—we “are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.”

We Are Being Renewed into New Jerusalem Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:23, Colossians 3:10, and Titus 3:5 all speak of the on-going renewing work within us to make us thoroughly new for New Jerusalem.

Built Up to Become New Jerusalem After regeneration, God’s renewing and transforming work in us builds us into the city. Acts 20:32 and Romans 14:19 are two of many verses about this building work.

Growth and Maturity for New Jerusalem For the reality of New Jerusalem we need not only Christ as life but more to grow until we arrive “at a full-grown man” (Eph. 4:12-13).

Growth and Maturity for New Jerusalem (2) For our maturity we need to see more of Christ, count all else as loss, know Him experientially, and pursue Him daily (Phil. 3:7-15).

Growing in God’s Life unto New Jerusalem Our initial salvation brings Christ as life into us. Now our need is to grow in this life, a growth which transforms us into His glorious image (2 Cor. 3:18)

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