We Seek the City to Come (5)

Hebrews 13:12-15 say, “Jesus…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. Through Him then let us offer up a sacrifice of praise continually to God, that is, the fruit of lips confessing His name.” The sacrifice of praise is related to our seeking the city to come, New Jerusalem.

Glory to God the Father

This sacrifice of praise comes through lips confessing the name of Jesus. Our first confession that Jesus is Lord is for our receiving of eternal salvation (Romans 10:9; 1 John 4:15). However, we should not stop there. Our on-going confessing of Jesus as Lord is a continual sacrifice of praise to God. The early Christians practicing this and we should too. Stephen called on the Lord Jesus as he was being stoned (Acts 7:59), most likely reflecting his practice throughout his Christian life, and when Saul was persecuting Christians, they were specifically identified as those who called on the name of Jesus (Acts 9:14, 21).

Hebrews 13:15 couples our sacrifice of praise with our confessing of the name of Jesus. Each of these actions strengthens the other. The more we praise God for who and what He is, the more we love Him embodied in Jesus and are encouraged to confess Jesus as the Lord and our Lord. And, the more we declare that Jesus is Lord, the more we sense that He is worthy of our praise.

The result of God exalting the crucified Jesus (Philippians 2:5-11) is that “every tongue should openly confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” May we be those who take the lead in this confession for glory to God the Father every day.

Jesus Christ is Lord !

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