We Have Come Forward, We Come Forward

New JerusalemEvery believer in Jesus Christ is counted among those who “have come forward to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,” which is New Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22). The Greek for “have come forward” indicates a past action with a continuing effect. In God’s salvation, this is eternally secure.

Based on this fact, Hebrews also urges us to come forward practically in our daily Christian life:
• “Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace…” (4:16)
• Jesus, our High Priest, “is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him…” (7:25)
• “Let us come forward to the Holy of Holies with a true heart in full assurance of faith…” (10:22)
• “…he who comes forward to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (11:6)

In these four verses the Greek for “come forward” is present tense, indicating a continuing action. Hebrews encourages us to come forward to God, to the throne of grace, and to the holy of holies. These are not separate actions. God is on the throne, the throne is the center of New Jerusalem, and New Jerusalem is a cube (Revelation 21:16) corresponding to the shape of the Old Testament holy of holies.

Today all the believers in Jesus Christ, as New Testament priests, should seek and appreciate the experiences portrayed by the outer court and holy place in the Old Testament. However, we should not be content with those experiences alone but should come forward to God on the throne in the holy of holies. This is the present reality of New Jerusalem. Lord, I come forward to God through You. Thank You for opening the way.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service. 

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