No Flesh in New Jerusalem

When God created man (Gen. 1:26-27), He blessed man (v. 28) and said that everything was very good (v. 31). In Genesis 2 God’s desire was that man take God, portrayed by the tree of life, as his life. However, in Genesis 3 man fell and was shut away from the tree of life. In Genesis 6 God declared that man is flesh.

Romans 3:20, “Out of the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.” This is in contrast to Peter’s statement that righteousness dwells in the new heavens and new earth. Romans 7:5, “When we were in the flesh, the passions for sins, which acted through the law, operated in our members to bear fruit to death.” This is in contrast to New Jerusalem and the new creation which have nothing of death.

New JerusalemFirst Corinthians 15:50, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.” This is in contrast to New Jerusalem which is the ultimate stage of God’s kingdom. Hence, flesh cannot and does not have any place in New Jerusalem.

The flesh is the result of Satan as sin entering into man. The termination of the flesh is through the cross of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 2:14: “He also Himself in like manner partook of the same [blood and flesh], that through death He might destroy him who has the might of death, that is, the devil.”
Romans 8:3b: “God, sending His own Son in the likeness of the flesh of sin and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh.”

His accomplishments on the cross are gradually applied in our being. The final step is Philippians 3:21, “Who will transfigure the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of His glory, according to His operation by which He is able even to subject all things to Himself.” The result: no flesh in New Jerusalem.

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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:

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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.

Neither Sin nor Death in New Jerusalem

A reader asked if there will be any sin in New Jerusalem. The simple answer is NO.

Revelation does not say in plain words “there is no sin in New Jerusalem” but the New JerusalemNew Testament revelation shows us this fact. Sin and death are always linked:
John 8:24: unless we believe,
___ we will die in our sins
Romans 5:12: death entered through sin
Romans 6:23: the wages of sin is death
Ephesians 2:1: we were dead in sins
James 1:15: sin brings forth death

Jesus Christ came, died, and rose to take away sin and death. He took away the sin of the world (John 1:29) and now every-one who believes into him has eternal life (John 3:15), a life that in no way involves sin or death, the life of New Jerusalem.

But you might be concerned because you still sin, and many Christians in the past have died. The apostle John, a very mature Christian, recognizes this in 1 John 1:7-10. The fact that he instructs us about confessing our sins shows that this confession is part of our Christian life.  This shows that eternal life has not yet fully matured in us and has not yet saturated our entire being. But it will!

First Corinthians 15:51-57 speaks about this. At the last trumpet the dead in Christ will be raised. Verse 53 declares, “this corruptible must put on incorruption [no more sin], and this mortal must put on immortality [no more death].” These verses refer to the believers in Christ.

After the trumpet and the Lord’s visible return, there will still be corruption in the world (e.g. Rev. 20:8). However, the last judgement, recorded in Revelation 20:11-15, will clear up every problem. “death [the last enemy – 1 Cor. 15:26] and hades were cast into the lake of fire” (20:14). Death, and its companion sin, will be in the lake of fire, but not in New Jerusalem. “Death will be no more” (Rev. 21:4).

New Jerusalem: Incorruptible Inheritance (1)
New Jerusalem: Incorruptible Inheritance (2)
In the Garden of Eden but not in New Jerusalem

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Christ Qualifies Us for New Jerusalem

We continue on our Christian journey portrayed by Israel’s journey from Egypt to Mt. Sinai. Our goal is to get to the spiritual mountain where we can see the vision of New Jerusalem.

A step in the prior post was to walk by the Spirit so that we do not fulfill the lust of the flesh. This is pictured in Exodus by the battle against Amalek (Exo. 17), a battle which continues every day. Then Israel arrived at the mountain but still did not see God’s habitation. The journey to see New Jerusalem is not short but it is a normal part of Christian life.

New JerusalemIn Exodus 19 to 23 God spoke the ten commandments and many supporting ordinances. These show who God is—He is unique, He is holy, He is living, He is righteous, He is faithful, and He has many other attributes.

All God’s words also show our shortages apart from Christ. Sometimes we try to fulfill the law but eventually we fail. This is Romans 7. Without Christ we cannot fulfill the law because 1) the law of sin is in us, and 2) we do not have God’s life.

When Moses presented all the words of God to Israel, there was an altar and burnt offerings and the blood of the offerings (Exo. 24:4-8). Moses sprinkled the blood on the people. This was a shadow; the reality is:
• “now in Christ Jesus you who were once far off have become near in the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:13)
• “the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin” (1 John 1:7)
This too is part of our journey to see New Jerusalem.

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Vessels of God’s Mercy for His Glory

God’s merciful care brings us from a pitiful situation to New Jerusalem.

New JerusalemRomans 9:15-16 say, “For to Moses He says, ‘I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.’ So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.”

The next verse in Romans refers to Pharaoh, at the time of the exodus. This makes it clear that “him who wills” is a person like Pharaoh who makes his own decisions ignoring the Lord. And “him who runs” is a person like Pharaoh who thinks he is knowledgeable and capable to do things on his own.

In contrast, a person who cries out for mercy knows he has a need beyond his control or capability. Physical needs are obvious with a situation such as severe illness. However, spiritual needs might not be obvious, especially if our human situation is in good condition. If this is our case, we need mercy to see that we need mercy!

The Bible makes it clear that every human being needs mercy. Consider Romans:
• all were constituted sinners (5:19)
• death passed on to all men (5:12)
• all fall short of the glory of God (3:23)

We need mercy because of the negative effect of sin and death. We also need mercy because in ourselves we do not have the glory of God, an essential quality of New Jerusalem.

God’s intention is to “make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy” (Romans 9:23). Each of us is a vessel of mercy to be transformed to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). Together, all of us will be New Jerusalem, a corporate vessel radiating “the riches of His glory.”

Photo by Robert Kenton, courtesy of CSIRO Australia.

God Has Prepared the City, But …

We are in a series on the preparation of New Jerusalem. Hebrews 11 speaks about people of faith. Regarding Abraham and his descendants it says, “they long after a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them” (v. 16).

New JerusalemThis verse says that God has already prepared the city of New Jerusalem. This is the city which has foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God (v. 10).

But … why don’t we see the city? It is because we are stuck in time. God (and what God does) is eternal, outside the limitations and sequential order of time.

But … why don’t we see the city? It is also because we are partially stuck in the old creation. One part of our being—our human spirit—has been born of the Spirit (John 3:6). This is wonderful. Thank the Lord for this!

Another part—our mind—is being transformed by renewing (Romans 12:2) indicating that our mind is old, separated from the newness of God. And Philippians 3:21 speaks of a third part of our being as “the body of our humiliation” because sin dwells in it (Romans 7:14-18).

What should we do? One answer is in 2 Corinthians 3:16-18. These verses say that whenever our heart turns to the Lord the veil—anything of time and the old creation which separates us from the Lord—is taken away. Then the Lord, the Spirit transforms us.

This transformation is “from glory to glory” taking us toward the ultimate glory of New Jerusalem.

Read more about the three parts of man, their condition, and God’s salvation or watch a 5 min video.

Earth rise from Apollo 11 in lunar orbit, photo courtesy of NASA.

The New Man was Created in Christ Jesus

New Jerusalem is new because the city is in God and permeated with God. The city is the consummation of all the newness in the Bible.

New JerusalemGod created the first man Adam for His purpose but sin and death entered, ruining man. In response, God came in the man Jesus Christ. He lived a human life, died, and resurrected for God’s purpose. While dying He created the new man in Himself and with Himself (Ephesians 2:15). In the new man “Christ is all and in all” (Colossians 3:11).

The new man, as a precursor to New Jerusalem, is new because this man is in Christ and Christ is in this man. Colossians 3 says about the new man, “Christ is…in all” that is, in all of us as members of the new man.

Thank the Lord that we have been incorporated into the new man. However, we cannot say that our living today is thoroughly in the newness of this new man. Nevertheless, don’t be discouraged.

Colossians 3:10 says that we “have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.” The note on renewed in the Recovery Version* says,

Because the new man was created with us, who belong to the old creation (Eph. 2:15), as his constituents, he needs to be renewed. This renewing takes place mainly in our mind, as indicated by the phrase unto full knowledge. The new man was created in our spirit and is being renewed in our mind unto full knowledge according to the image of Christ.

This renewing (more in next post) is taking place now to make us absolutely new with God’s newness; we are thereby brought onward into New Jerusalem.

* The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; it is © by Living Stream Ministry.

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