We Seek the City to Come (1)

In Hebrews 11 Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were seeking “the city which has foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God.” In Hebrews 13:14 we are seeking the city to come. By such seeking, we are walking “in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham” (Romans 4:12). He was, and we are, seeking New Jerusalem. The way to seek the coming city, New Jerusalem, is illuminated in Hebrews 13:12-14:

Therefore also Jesus, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Let us therefore go forth unto Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For we do not have here a remaining city, but we seek after the one to come.

The basis for our seeking is that Jesus died for us and resurrected. Our response is first to “go forth unto Him.” Our going forth began when we first repented, prayed, and asked Him to forgive us and enliven us. Now we should go forth to Him every day, especially beginning our day with Him. Here are simple ways we can go forth to Him every morning in prayer.

Second, we go forth to Him “outside the camp.” The camp mentioned here is where the children of Israel lived. Hence our camp is where we live, where we spend our time. It could be home, school or work, being connected to the internet, or something else. We should have a time with the Lord, preferably early in our day, outside all our human involvements. Lord, attract me to such a time with You every day. Draw me outside my camp to look away from everything to You.

Sing about looking away from everything to Jesus (based on Hebrews 12:1-2 )

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  1. crownade

     /  October 4, 2012

    Amen! O Lord, keep attracting us from all other persons, things and matters to Yourself as the One of all-inclusiveness, the One of peerlessness, the all-sufficient grace in our spirit for the goal of the New Jerusalem!

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  2. It’s great that we can “seek the city” that has the foundations–the New Jerusalem, by “going outside the camp.” That is, we need to leave all our earthly camps to spend time with the Lord Jesus every morning to fellowship with Him! Such a real touch with the Lord each morning will transform us (2 Cor. 3:18) into the precious materials that constitute God’s eternal masterpiece the New Jerusalem.

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