Here we are looking at the testimony of Jesus Christ. The Spirit has inserted accordingly the expression: ’Write: for these words are true and faithful (v.5)’. From beginning to the last we have testimony of God as coming from ‘the Son whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom he made the worlds (He.1:2-3)’. We accept the Nicene Creed and the divinity of Jesus Christ as that of the Son,- as begotten but not created. It is doctrinal truth, which cannot be bettered by explaining after the wisdom of men. He is firstborn of all creation (Col.1:15) The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created:” He did not take the form of angels but after the similitude of man subject to hunger and pain. Though the heir of all things he chose to be a man who never had a fixed abode. The world has more poor and alienated people against whom rules in all ages have been stacked, which is a sign of the fallen nature of man in charge. Among them he was a faithful witness and true. “…In all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren,(He.2:16-17-NIV)”
In the epistle of St Paul to the Romans we can find the reason why. Foreknowledge of God had set apart all those who loved him to be conformed to the image of his Son.. Consequently love as an expression made the Son as ‘the firstborn among many brethren (Ro.8:29).’ Having fulfilled the mandate of his Father he has gone back to heaven. His sacrifice being perfect how shall we look at all those whom God has sanctified? “For both he that sanctifieth and those who are sanctified are all of one (He.2:11). He is also the firstborn of all the dead. (Re.1:5)
In the first chapter of Genesis we saw the divine Will: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Ge.1:1) While we discuss the new earth and the new heaven it is the selfsame Will with which what he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son. In order to make this distinction the Son in his first advent purged ‘our sins’ and sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. All the visions we have been discussing in this book were concerned with the second part of the epistle to the Hebrews (v.3). Purging of the earth requires a new vision and eternity is not elsewhere but we are part of the tabernacle of God. This newness is complete. “Behold, I make all things new (21:5)” First resurrection explains this newness, which unlike the Born again experience is our standpoint from being heavenly places.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
(To be continued)