We Have Come Forward, We Come Forward

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.” We have come to the present spiritual reality of New Jerusalem.

When believed into Jesus Christ, when we received forgiveness of sins and regeneration, we came to Him. That was also our coming to New Jerusalem. The Greek verb in Hebrews 12:22 makes it clear that our coming forward is an accomplished fact.

Although the fact is certain, the book of Hebrews also has warnings about falling away and exhortations to be diligent. This is because, although our eternal salvation and our eternal participation in New Jerusalem is secure, God desires that we cooperate with Him throughout this age.

With this view of cooperation, Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help.” The Greek verb here indicates the writer is expressing a present desire.

Throughout the day we should come forward to the throne of God. For us, His children, God’s throne is a throne of grace. It is also the throne in New Jerusalem. When we come forward we receive mercy and find grace. This grace is equivalent to the river of life flow-ing from the throne in New Jerusalem conveying to us the tree of life (Revelation 22:1-2).

We can pray simply, Lord, I come forward to You and Your throne. I need Your mercy and I want Your grace. Thank You, Lord.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. Awesome post! Lines up with a lot of what God has been speaking to me lately. 🙂

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