Colossians 3:1 calls us to “seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.” We should not wait for New Jerusalem in the future, but long for and seek the “Jerusalem above,” which is the “heavenly Jerusalem” (Hebrews 12:22).
We correspond to this heavenly* city because we are a heavenly* people:
• We have a heavenly Father (Matthew 6:26, 32). We are born of Him and have His heavenly life.
• Our God and Father “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies” (Ephesians 1:3); these blessings are not physical but include God’s selection and predestination, the Lord’s redemption and abounding grace, and the Spirit as our seal and guarantee (1:4-5, 7-8, 13-14).
• We have been transferred from Adam, the earthly man, to Christ the heavenly man to have the heavenly nature and to bear the heavenly image (1 Corinthians 15:47-49).
• We have been resurrected and seated in a spiritual position “in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6).
• We are “partakers of a heavenly calling” and “have tasted of the heavenly gift” (Hebrews 3:1, 6:4).
May we follow the examples of the people of faith before us to “long after a better country, that is, a heavenly one” (Hebrews 11:13-16). And, let us “come forward to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem” (Hebrews 12:22). May New Jerusalem be in our consciousness and seeking every day!
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* Heavenly means having a heavenly source, nature, character, and atmosphere. It is not a matter of physical location, whether in the heavens or on earth. The heavenly Jerusalem will still be heavenly in nature, character, and atmosphere after it “comes down out of heaven” (Rev. 21:2).