New Jerusalem and New Creation: No Corruption

New Jerusalem is incorruptible; the city has no corruption. New Jerusalem has no corruption because it is a city in resurrection. Resurrection is a realm with no corruption.

Romans 1:23 speaks of the incorruptible God. Both Peter and Paul declare that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is apart from corruption (Acts 2:27, 31; Acts 13:34, 35, 37). In New Jerusalem God and the Lamb, Jesus Christ, are on the throne. Corruption was never in them and is incompatible with their kingdom. Hence, no corruption in New Jerusalem.

New JerusalemWe were redeemed not with corruptible things but with the incorruptible, precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19). In verse 23 we have been “regenerated not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, through the living and abiding word of God.” The word of God has no corruption and has brought forth an incorruptible life in us.

First Corinthians 15:50-54 speak of our resurrection. Here too there is no corruption. Corruption is tied to mortality, to death. When New Jerusalem appears, death will have been cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:14). First Corinthians quotes Isaiah 25:8, “Death has been swallowed up unto victory.’’

In Galatians 6:8 corruption is tied to the flesh, the fallen humanity. Christ crucified the flesh and now the Spirit is working in us to separate us from all the works of the flesh. In the same verse the Spirit is coupled with eternal life, the life that characterizes New Jerusalem.

Everything on the path to New Jerusalem is free from corruption. Furthermore, Romans 8:21 tells us that “creation itself will also be freed from the slavery of corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” Thus the entire new creation will have no corruption but will have New Jerusalem with the glory of God and His children.

Here are some related posts:
New Jerusalem: Incorruptible Inheritance (2)
New Jerusalem: Incorruptible Inheritance (1)
Incorruptible and Undefiled and Unfading
Pursue the Incorruptible New Jerusalem

The Wonderful Jesus Christ in Revelation   19-20 Brings Us to New Jerusalem

Revelation 19 concludes with the victory of the Lamb and the army with Him (v. 19-21). The beast and the false prophet are cast into the lake of fire and their followers are killed by the sharp sword out of the mouth of Him who is the Word of God. The same Word both nourishes us and slays God’s enemies. How marvelous.

New JerusalemRevelation 20 begins with the devil, Satan, being cast into and locked in the abyss (v. 1-3). Thus the whole earth is cleaned up by Jesus Christ, the One on the white horse, He who is Faithful and True, the Word of God, the King of Kings. Praise Him!

With this cleansing the millennial kingdom comes to the whole earth and New Jerusalem follows.

Revelation 20:6 declares, “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.”

The characteristics of the millennium in this verse have many parallels with New Jerusalem. “Blessed and holy”—The Triune God is Our Blessing in Revelation 22:3-5, and we will all be holy to match the holy nature of that city.

The partakers of the blessing are in resurrection here, and New Jerusalem is A City in Resurrection. Death has no power here and there will be Neither Sin nor Death in New Jerusalem. Here the partakers are priests and reign with God and Christ. In New Jerusalem we will continue as Priests and Kings in God’s Plan.

All of these blessings come from God through Jesus Christ. Praise Him!

The blessings in Revelation 20 are for a thousand years and the richer blessings in New Jerusalem are for eternity.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, is at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is © by Living Stream Ministry.

No Need for Sleep in New Jerusalem

There is no need for sleep in New Jerusalem. But how does this mundane statement relate to the revelation in the Bible?

Simple: sleep is a picture of death and there will be no death in New Jerusalem. The first record of sleep is Genesis 2:21, “Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept.” During this deep sleep, Jehovah took a rib out of Adam and formed Eve. In this record the forming of Eve depicts the producing of the church.

New JerusalemThe death of Jesus Christ, portrayed by Adam’s the deep sleep, is very positive and had a wonderful outcome.

Romans 5:12 says, “sin entered into the world, and through sin, death; and thus death passed on to all men.” This death is not positive but the Bible also likens this kind of death to sleep, as in John 11:11-14 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16.

There will be no need for sleep and no sleepiness in New Jerusalem because there will be no death in New Jerusalem. “Our Savior Christ Jesus, nullified death” (2 Tim. 1:10). This nullification is gradually being applied to us. The consummation of this process is the transfiguration of our corrupted, mortal body at the Lord’s second coming.

“When this corruptible will put on incorruption and this mortal will put on immortality, then the word which is written will come to pass, ‘Death has been swallowed up unto victory.'” (1 Cor. 15:54) New Jerusalem will fully declare this victory.

Earlier posts about no death in New Jerusalem:
New Jerusalem: No Darkness, No Death
Neither Sin nor Death in New Jerusalem

A list of other “NO” posts, showing what is NOT in New Jerusalem:

Graphic courtesy of pixabay.com.

No Tree of Knowledge in New Jerusalem

A search asked, “is the tree of knowledge in the New Jerusalem?” The simple answer is NO.

Genesis 2:8-9 record God’s action: “Jehovah God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground Jehovah God caused to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, as well as the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

New JerusalemGenesis 2:16-17 is a command: “And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may eat freely, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, of it you shall not eat; for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

The tree of knowledge is coupled with death and is in contrast to life, which is Christ Himself, pictured by the tree of life in the garden. By the time New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven (Rev. 21:2), death will have been banished to the lake of fire (Rev. 20:14).

There will be no death in New Jerusalem nor in the entire new creation. “Death will be no more” (Rev. 21:4). “Death has been swallowed up unto victory”—1 Corinthians 15:54 quoting Isaiah 25:8. In Christ is our victory!

Furthermore, the promises in Revelation 7:16-17, 21:4, and 21:3a show that not even precursors of death, such as hunger or pain, will be in the new creation.

In the Garden of Eden but not in New Jerusalem
Life or Death (plus links at the end of this)

Photo courtesy of US National Park Service.

Neither Sin nor Satan in New Jerusalem

This continues a prior post in response to a question, will there be any sin in New Jerusalem? No!

Sin and death are bound together. Although the Bible does not say in plain words that sin will not be in New Jerusalem, it does say that death will be in the lake of fire. Since there will be no death, there also cannot be any sin.

New JerusalemFurthermore, the devil* is the source of sin. First John 3:5, “He [Christ] was manifested that He might take away sins.” First John 3:8 says, “the devil has sinned from the beginning.” This verse continues, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

In addition, Hebrews 2:14 says that Jesus Christ partook of humanity “that through death He might destroy him who has the might of death, that is, the devil.”

Christ has destroyed, nullified, both the devil and the works of the devil. This judgement is gradually being carried out in this age and the next. The final outcome is in Revelation 20:10, “the devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where also the beast and the false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

Since the devil, satan, will not be in New Jerusalem, neither will sin be in New Jerusalem.

* The devil and satan are the same creature; Rev. 12:9 and 20:2.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Versionpublished and © by Living Stream MinistryAnaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, is at online.recoveryversion.orgthis too is © by LSM.
Besides this New Testament, many books published by Living Stream may be read online.

Photo by Ian Overton, courtesy of CSIRO Australia.

I Saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem

New JerusalemJohn’s words in Revelation 21:1-2a are, “I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and the sea is no more. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem.”

Revelation records many people and things which John saw. (I counted 49 times that John said “I saw”) John saw because God desired to reveal. The book of Revelation is, “The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to Him to show to His slaves the things that must quickly take place” (v. 1:1).

God revealed the finished view of New Jerusalem because He is eternal. He is not limited by time; He is outside the realm of past, present, future.

God also revealed the completed New Jerusalem because He is able. His work in us will be completed despite our failures and our doubts. Philippians 1:6 says, “He who has begun in you a good work will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Furthermore, in Revelation 22:13 the Lord declares, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” The end does not rest with us; He is the end, the conclusion, the consummation.

Moreover, He is victorious. In resurrection He overcame death and He is imparting this victory into us. “The word which is written will come to pass, ‘Death (including all our defects and weaknesses) has been swallowed up unto victory'” (1 Cor. 15:54).

Because the Triune God is eternal, victorious, and able to fulfill His eternal purpose, New Jerusalem, as already seen by John, will be seen by all human beings as it comes down out of heaven .

This post originated from some reading which mentioned Rev. 21:2. I wrote this post because the subject was fresh in me. A similar post in 2012 is “I Saw New Jerusalem”.

We Will Reign in Resurrection

New JersualemRecent posts have been on God’s kingdom of life, culminating in New Jerusalem. Our beginning is to be born into this kingdom by the seed of life. Now, by daily applying Christ as our grace and righteousness, we reign in life (Romans 5:17).

Revelation 20:6 declares, “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

The coming age is the next stage of our reigning. This too is reigning in life for it is reigning in resurrection (remember that Jesus is both life and resurrection—John 11:25). Although we can reign in life now, we are limited by our mortal bodies. At that time, in the resurrection, even our body will be full of eternal life—“this corruptible will put on incorruption and this mortal will put on immortality, then the word which is written will come to pass, ‘Death has been swallowed up unto victory’ ” (1 Corinthians 15:54, with quote from Isaiah 25:8).

Reigning with Christ for a thousand years will be wonderful, yet it should be strange. Rather, it should be an extension and amplification of our reigning in life now. Romans 5:17 tells us that we reign in life by receiving the abundance of grace and Hebrews 12:28 says, “Therefore receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us have grace.” Our receiving of the abundance of grace is hand-in-hand with our receiving the kingdom. Let’s not wait passively. Rather, let’s pray like this:

Lord, thank You for being abundant grace to me. Show me more about how to receive, and keep me receiving every day. Fill me with Your grace and righteousness that I may reign with You from now unto New Jerusalem.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry.

Thanks to David Kan for this photo of Ethiopia taken while visiting Christians there.

Applying the Lord’s Rich Supply for the Preparation of the Bride (2)

New JerusalemThe Lord begins each letter in Revelation 2–3 by describing who and what He is. The Lord ends each letter by telling us to hear what the Spirit says to all the churches, both then and now. By receiving and applying what the Lord is, we cooperate with Him for the preparation of His bride. This continues the prior post.

• [He] “who became dead and lived again” (2:8):  The Lord is the resurrection (John 11:25) and death cannot hold Him (Acts 2:24). Through death, He destroyed the power of death and released us who were enslaved in the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15). Lord, keep us daily in Your victory over death.

• “He who has the sharp two-edged sword” (2:12):  This sword is His word (Hebrews 4:12), which is “living and operative” and “piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit” and “able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Lord, may Your living word operate in me every day to divide and to discern that I may grow in You.

• “The Son of God” (2:18):  Our Lord Jesus is the God-man. As the Son of God, His divinity transcends all human limitations. He is unsearchable, immeasurable (Ephesians 3:8). There is so much more of Him for us to see, experience, and live out. Lord, bring us into fresh aspects of Your unlimitedness. Never leave us content with what we have already seen and tasted.

• “He who has eyes like a flame of fire” (2:18):  The Lord’s eyes are for looking into everything, including us. When He sees something that does not match His nature, the flame of fire will consume it to purify us. Then He will supply us with more of Himself. Lord, I open to Your searching. Purify me!

Through praying to apply what the Lord has revealed about Himself, He operates in us to prepare us for the marriage of the Lamb in Revelation 19:7, a marriage that continues eternally in New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2, 9-10).

New Jerusalem: Night Will Be No More!

No Night in New JerusalemRevelation 22:5, speaking about New Jerusalem, declares “night will be no more.” This echos verse 21:25, “there will be no night there.”

In Matthew 4:16 darkness is related to death. In John 3:19 condemnation is upon men who love darkness due to their evil works. In John 11:10 those who walk in the night do not have Christ as their light. In Acts 26:18 darkness is related to the authority of Satan. In Ephesians 6:12 the rulers of darkness are spiritual forces of evil. In 1 Thessalonians 5:4-10, those who are drunken (physically or spiritually or both) and are not watching for the Lord are apart from salvation and subject to the wrath of God. In 1 John 1:5-10 darkness is related to sin and sins. In 1 John 2:11 whoever hates his brother is in darkness.

“No more night” means no more death, no more authority of Satan, no more evil spiritual forces, no more hatred or evil works. “No more night” means no shortage of Christ as our light of life. “No more night” means the spiritual warfare has ended and we praise Christ the Victor and sing exultingly, “the victory is won.”

“God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” New Jerusalem will have this same characteristic—light with no darkness. For more on this blessed condition, please look at:
New Jerusalem: No Night There (1)  (2)  (3)
No Night in New Jerusalem
New Jerusalem: Light, No Night

Photo from space of Ambae Island, Vanuatu (South Pacific), courtesy of NASA.

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