Jesus Christ: Seed of the New Creation
At times the simplicity of the thought of God in communicating His truths to us can be lost in the midst of our examination of, and desire to understand and explain, what it is God is saying or doing as revealed in the Holy Scriptures.
With that in mind, it can be easy to miss the clear implications of Jesus being born into this world, and His representing the new creation that was reflected in His birth. Further, many miss the corporate aspect of the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven as well.
To be clear, He was New Jerusalem that had come down out of heaven in His person, in the sense of being the first fruits of it. The purpose of God from before creation was to have a corporate people visibly in align with and expressing His invisible attributes, holiness and dominion. Or as the Scriptures reveal to us: to be conformed to His image. So in that regard Jesus wasn’t the end of the new creation and New Jerusalem, He was its beginning. Or to be more specific, He was its very essence. He is the material the house is being built upon, and based upon.
Jesus is of course the first and the last, the beginning and the end. So when I mentioned He wasn’t the end above, I mean He wasn’t meant to remain alone.
Being the seed of the new creation, He ultimately ascended to heaven after His work on earth was finished, then sent the Holy Spirit to regenerate those who had faith in Him. Jesus was the firstborn of many brethren or, the first among many brethren that were and are being built into the city of God that was coming down out of heaven. This is the city Abraham had been looking for long ago – a city whose builder and maker was God.
There are many that misunderstand New Jerusalem, thinking it’s something that will only appear on the other side of the resurrection. Nonetheless, we’re taught in the Bible that it is meant to be a present reality. Look at Hebrews 12:21-23. It says that they have come “unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem….” That was not long after Jesus ascended into heaven. It wasn’t something believers were waiting for, it was something they had already entered into and were experiencing at that time. As a matter of fact, they were the first building blocks of the city the Holy Spirit was assembling together to align with the vision revealed near the end of the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
This was in direct response to the prayers Jesus taught us to pray for His kingdom to come and will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. This is what the new creation and New Jerusalem are all about. It’s the birthing within of Jesus Christ by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in those that believe individually, and from there being built into a corporate city based upon His image.
Not only is this for believers in every locality in this generation, it’s for believers in every generation. Each generation takes God’s standard and brings it a little higher up the mountain, until eventually it reaches the heights God always had in mind for the city of God; fulfilling the destiny God had for His people in this age, and the ages to come.
The point is there will be a practical expression of the city of God on the earth. It began in Jerusalem on Pentecost, and continues growing to this day. True believers are all part of it.