We Have Come Forward to New Jerusalem

New JerusalemHebrews 12:22 tells us that we “have come forward to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem” which is New Jerusalem. This spiritual fact is plainly declared in God’s word and must be substantiated by faith. “Faith is the substantiation of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

On one hand we have already come to New Jerusalem. On the other hand we are hoping for it, that is, hoping for its full manifestation. While we are hoping for the manifestation, our faith is substantiating the present reality.

The present hidden reality and coming open manifestation of New Jerusalem parallel our relationship with the Lord Jesus. Regarding the spiritual reality today, He told us, “I am with you all the days” (Matthew 28:20). Regarding His open manifestation, He says “I come quickly” and we respond “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).

The same is true about the kingdom of God. The reality of the kingdom is in the Holy Spirit today (Romans 14:17) and John told us that he was in the kingdom (Revelation 1:9). Nevertheless we should pray for its open manifestation—“Your kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10).

The pattern in 2 Corinthians 4:13-18 is that we exercise our spirit of faith to experience the resurrection that grace may abound to us all. Therefore outward decay does not make us lose heart because inwardly we are being renewed day by day. An eternal weight of glory, to be manifested in New Jerusalem, is being developed within while we pay attention to the unseen, eternal things revealed in God’s word.

Photo of Dinklesbuehl, Germany courtesy of U.S. government.

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