Eternal Bethel, Eternal Mount Zion

Stefan at A God-man in Christ wrote five posts on New Jerusalem last week (Jan. 7-11). This is the second of my two posts with brief excerpts from his.

New Jerusalem is the eternal Bethel, God's Dream

The New Jerusalem is the Eternal Bethel, the Fulfillment of God’s Dream

Did you know that God has a dream? He dreams of being fully joined and mingled with man as one entity to become the New Jerusalem, a built-up city, as the consummation of His economy (Rev. 21:2).

Jacob’s dream in Genesis 28:10-22 was a dream of God’s goal, a dream of the house of God. What God desires is not just to have a people who worship Him and obey Him – He desires to have a house, a home, with man and in man, and this home is the church today (1 Tim. 3:15) consummating in the New Jerusalem as the eternal dwelling place of God and His redeemed elect (Rev. 21:3, 22).

The entire Bible expounds and explains what God does to fulfill His dream. God is homeless until He obtains a home in man, and He has no resting place until He gains the church as a built-up Body for Christ, consummating in the New Jerusalem.

Christ came as the heavenly ladder (see John 1:51) to bring God into man and man into God and to join man and God as one. Christ is now the vertical way for people to contact God and for God to visit people and be mingled with man.

What about us? What is our dream? We may have a dream related to the physical and human things, or something related to our career, family, future, etc.

Or, are we looking forward to see God’s dream being fulfilled (see Heb. 11-12)? We have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly New Jerusalem! We are all being cheered to go on and fulfill God’s dream by all the angelic hosts in the heavens, and our dream is to become the New Jerusalem!

Being Produced as Overcomers, the Eternal Mount Zion as the New Jerusalem Today

God’s pleasure, His desire, and His habitation is not only in Jerusalem but more specifically in Zion, the place of His habitation. Zion as the elevated part and the beauty of Jerusalem typifies the overcomers in the church age, who are the God-men perfected and matured (see Rev. 14:1).

The Lord desires to gain some who are overcomers, those who are for the building up of Christ’s Body to consummate the New Jerusalem (Rom. 12:4-5; Eph. 4:16; Rev. 3:12).

How we need to be perfected in our function and matured in our growth in life so that we may be the overcomers in the church today! Let’s come forward to Mount Zion, to the Heavenly Jerusalem, to the overcoming Christ today that we may grow in life and be perfected (Heb. 12:2).

We don’t want to be “super-spiritual Christians” who are “above others”; rather, we want to be normal believers who grow in life in a normal way and accomplish the ministry of the church on behalf of the church and one with the Lord.

The overcomers in the church today as Zion are the New Jerusalem in miniature and as a foretaste – Zion is the New Jerusalem and when the New Jerusalem comes, Zion will disappear because the entire New Jerusalem will become Zion!

We all need to pray,

Lord, I want to endeavor to be an overcomer for the building up of the church as the Body of Christ to consummate the New Jerusalem! Lord, as much as it depends on me, I want to give You my best cooperation to be produced as an overcomer as Zion in Jerusalem, for You to gain the New Jerusalem!

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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