“And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband (Re.21:2).”
New earth and new heaven are the culmination of the Core Will set forth in Ge,1:1 The divine Will has been accomplished. In recording the narrative bodies of the Father and the Son respectively, the earth and heaven as fulfilled by the Son are tagged by the adjective ‘New.’ This is the testimony of one who sat on the throne, undoubtedly God. How important it is we can gather from what he adds, “Write: for these words are true and faithful.” He makes known to John in no uncertain terms as Alpha and Omega. He is none other than Jesus Christ. He has made the newness by what He fulfilled,- the quality of the Core Will as fait accompli. The same Core Will from two standpoints That is all. Blessed be His name, Amen.
“Behold I make all things new (21:5)”:
This Father- Son relationship creates Book-ends in a manner of speaking. Core Will is conceived in the divine Mind and perfected. So there is nothing new added to it. Speaking further on the analogy of bookends consider these are for holding as many books as in Bible. All these are placed between bookend marked as Thought of the Father and the other, Fulfillment by the Son. Another vital feature of the Core Will is that it is set in God’s Time. This entails Jerusalem and New Jerusalem; carnal man and born again; All such terminology cannot be conceived as though being imposed by a third party. Jerusalem that spoke for one particular nation is made new after the Messianic Millennial Reign in which Jerusalem is the ensign of the Lord God. “And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth( Is.11:12)”. The previous verse establishes it as Day of the Lord. Such Day is, to use the Computer jargon, a period of time encrypted as it were. Be that as it may this New Jerusalem is not any geographical feature or Jewish cultural identity but it comes down from God of heaven.
Newness of life is marked in time and space. “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Ro.6:4).” Every one who is born again can point it and it is different from being born to natural parents. Being born of the word and water are altogether different since we have exercised our free will for such a newness of life. Obedience of the Son of man is the model we have set forth: “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God (Col.3:1).
Newness of life speaks for a definite departure from our former mode of living. It is Christian Living begun in right earnest and shall continue even in eternity. If we are then risen with Christ would it not be waste of time to be entangled with every aspect of former lives that worked only to add fuel to our appetites that worldly people seek? Is it not sensible to model our lives after our Savior Lord and live in spirit as though we are citizens of heavenly places?
(To be continued)