Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 6th January 2016 in Second Coming Series | Revelation,new Jerusalem,The Church,Holy City,Early Church,Early Church Fathers,Eusebius,Origen,Barnabas,millennium,millennial reign,1000 years,new Heaven and Earth
...here is a new creation
: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new
! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.
If we are “in Christ” then WE are that new creation
! Hence why, in the preceding verse, Paul writes that we should “regard no one from a human point of view” if they are believers.
Through Christ, God was reconciling the world back to himself. Paul again picks up on this theme in Colossia...