We Have Come Forward, We Come Forward

New JerusalemWe “have come forward to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,” New Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22). This secure fact needs to be matched by our daily coming forward to the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace (Hebrews 4:16). This throne of grace is the throne in New Jerusalem out of which flows the living water (Revelation 22:1).

Hebrews 7:25 tells us that Jesus, our High Priest, “is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.” In resurrection and ascension He ‘appears before God on our behalf and prays for us that we may be saved and brought fully into God’s eternal purpose’* including to be brought fully into the current experience of New Jerusalem.

His intercession should be matched by our ‘coming forward.’ The Greek verb here indicates an ongoing action—“those who are coming forward repeatedly to God through Him.” As in Hebrews 4:16, this coming forward is our ongoing cooperation with what God wants to accomplish before His kingdom and New Jerusalem are manifested.

Through His intercession and our coming forward, we are “saved to the uttermost.” By believing in Jesus Christ are you already saved? Yes! Is this salvation eternally secure? Yes!

Why then is there further need for us to be “saved to the uttermost”? Consider our daily living. Although we have eternal salvation, are we ever angry? anxious? impatient? jealous? Do we ever eat too much? rush to get ahead of others? put too many things ahead of time with the Lord? These are all signs that, although we have an eternal salvation, we also need a daily salvation.

Don’t wait passively or dejectedly for the next age. Lord, I come forward to You now. Keep me coming to You all day long. Save me more in my living today and save me more into the present reality of New Jerusalem.

* From footnote 2 on Hebrews 7:25 in online.recoveryversion.org © by Living Stream Ministry.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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