New Jerusalem is Eternal (2)

New Jerusalem is 
eternal
, based on the eternal redemption obtained by Jesus Christ. The city is part of God’s eternal 
covenant bringing us eternal salvation and an eternal 
inheritance.

New Jerusalem is a city “having the glory of God” (Rev. 21:11). This is an eternal glory because God is eternal. “The God of all grace has called you into His eternal glory” (1 Peter 5:10). We are not worthy, but because of God’s mercy and the redemption accomplished by Jesus Christ, we have been called into the glory of New Jerusalem.

#NewJerusalemSecond Timothy 2:10 also speaks of our obtaining “the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” Although we have not physically seen this glory, we have been called into it and have obtained by faith. And by faith we hold to this salvation with glory.

Do not be shaken by troubles now. Second Corinthians 4:17 says, “our momentary lightness of affliction works out for us, more and more surpassingly, an eternal weight of glory.” We have been called into eternal glory, and through afflictions the Lord constitutes this glory into us. As a result we correspond to New Jerusalem.

The afflictions are also mentioned in 1 Peter 5:10. After the phrase quoted above, it says,”after you have suffered a little while, will Himself perfect, establish, strengthen, and ground you.” Our cooperation is to look away by faith to what is eternal: “we do not regard the things which are seen but the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18).

Through the Bible and the eternal Spirit, we can be strengthened with the view of the eternal glory of New Jerusalem.

Photo by John Sonntag, courtesy of NASA.

New Jerusalem is the Consummate Glory (5)

New Jerusalem is the consummation of everything positive in the Bible. Recent posts have looked at New Jerusalem as the consummation of glory from the Old Testament through Hebrews. Continuing…

New Jerusalem

Peter speaks of our relationship with Jesus Christ thus: “Whom having not seen, you love; into whom though not seeing Him at present, yet believing, you exult with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8). Although the glory is largely hidden now, at times it is seen on the smiling, shining faces of a group of joyous Christians.

Here are a few lines from a song based on this verse:
__We have found the Christ who’s all in all;
____He is everything to us…
__It is joy unspeakable and full of glory,
____Full of glory, full of glory…

First Peter 4:14 tells us that if we “are reproached in the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” Although the glory is rarely visible before the Lord’s return, yet we can partake of the Spirit of this glory. Surely this Spirit will remain with us unto New Jerusalem.

Peter, in 1 Peter 5:1 tells us that he is “a partaker of the glory to be revealed.” On one hand the glory has not yet been revealed; on the other hand we can partake of it now because the God of all grace “has called you into His eternal glory” (v. 5:10).

Peter’s concluding word is “To Him [our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ] be the glory both now and unto the day of eternity.” The glory we partake of now is the same in quality, but lesser in quantity, than the glory of New Jerusalem.

Lord Jesus, lead me into living as a partaker of glory and an enjoyer of glory spoken of through Peter. Lord, give me a foretaste now of the glory of New Jerusalem.

 

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