Thursday, January 31, 2013
What Planet Are You From? Part III
Is “heaven” a place where we go someday to live in a city of precious metals and jewels, as we’ve been taught, or is it an expression of something spiritual that can not be touched?
You have not come to a mountain that can be touched….But you have come to
, to the heavenly Mount Zion , the city of the living God (Hebrews , 22). Jerusalem
The Jewish church state was formed on
Mount Sinai. It was a touchable
place, a place where much was about outward and earthly things. The is formed on “ gospel Church ”; it is neither an earthly nor a material mountain. It is about inward and spiritual things. It is everything that we have in Christ
Jesus! Mount Zion
We read that the author of Hebrews says, “You have come to … the heavenly
Jerusalem…” This is past
tense! It has already happen! You are there! Consequently, you are no longer
foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of
God's household (Ephesians
). While we remain foreigners and aliens in this
world, we are “a holy nation, God’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9-11).
As a tangible community, the lifestyle and fellowship demonstrated by its faithful and humble citizens announce to the world and beyond that Jesus has shattered their enslavement by and to idolatrous powers in this world and that Father’s glorious kingdom is already at hand.
We are given a glimpse of the untouchable, yet magnificence of the holy city in Revelation 21:2-23;
(2) I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband...Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. (12) It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are those of the twelve tribes of the sons of
...(18) and the
city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundation stones of the city wall
were adorned with every kind of precious stone...and the twelve gates were
twelve pearls...and (22) I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the
Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun
or of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its
lamp is the Lamb Israel
1 Corinthians reads reads, Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? Is this a contradiction to what we read in Revelation? How can we be the
, yet the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb
are the temple? temple of God
Because Jesus prayed, May all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them (John 17:20, 21, 26).
I pray that you find comfort in knowing that while you may be an alien to the rest of the world, as a child of the Father, you don’t have to wait to dwell with Him in His city.
And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth…. They were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them (Hebrews -16).
This is what the “good news” is all about! The
has come! If you are “in Jesus,” you’re already home! Kingdom of God
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