Lord, Keep Us Pursuing Toward the Goal

Revelation is a prophecy composed of visions given to John. Revelation 1:2 tells us that John “testified the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, even all that he saw.” Almost 50 times in Revelation John says, “I saw” including, “I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem” (v. 21.2). With God’s eternal view, New Jerusalem is here and all who have believed into Jesus Christ can declare, I am in New Jerusalem.

Although Revelation emphasizes the eternal view, the New Testament epistles mainly take a temporal view of what God in Christ Jesus is accomplishing in us during our Christian life. Example verses are in the prior post. Other examples that touch ongoing Christian progress are:
• 2 Corinthians 4:16 says our inner man is being renewed day by day
• Galatians 4:19 speaks of labor until Christ is formed in us.
• 1 Peter 2:5 says we are being built as a spiritual house.

Since New Jerusalem, the consummation of the Bible, is complete in God’s sight, why is the progressive aspect of the Christian life emphasized so much in the epistles? PERHAPS the answer is that, if the completion of our Christian life was emphasized throughout the New Testament, we would not be motivated to cooperate with the indwelling Lord. PERHAPS, to counter our ever-present danger of relaxing, the New Testament emphasizes cooperation for reaching the goal. In any case, since we are encouraged to pursue toward the goal, to come forward, and to supply diligence, let us pray that our living be this way.

Lord, daily attract us to Yourself that we may pursue toward the goal to which You have called us. Lord, keep us coming forward to You and diligently following You.

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  1. Amen! Forgetting the things which are behind, we stretch forward to gain the Christ set up before us!

    And this is for the New Jerusalem, for the purpose of becoming and building up the New Jerusalem in our experience! Today as we enjoy the Lord, the New Jerusalem comes into being a little more! What a high view of our daily forgetting what’s behind and stretching forward to enjoy Christ more!

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  2. crownade

     /  November 9, 2012

    Amen: ‘Pressing on to gain the Christ of God’!

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  3. Orissie Faloon

     /  November 9, 2012

    Our spirit, the dwelling place of the Holy spirit, is gaining the ascendency, as the soul is learning how to submit to Him. We are in the process of ‘believing to the saving of the soul.’
    That is where the process is going on. Until a people have totally enthroned Christ in their lives, the city can’t ‘come down.’ to be here in the earth.

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    • Yes, the throne in the city is also the throne in our hearts. Lord, make Your home in us more today.

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