We Come Forward by Faith

New Jerusalem

Hebrews declares a fact to us and encourages our action:

We have come forward to New Jerusalem

We are coming forward to God and to His throne

Both the completed fact and the daily experience are through Jesus Christ. Both are spiritual realities but are not yet manifest in the physical realm. They are substantiated by faith (Hebrews 11:1) and we walk by faith not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

By faith Abraham eagerly waited for the city which has foundations, New Jerusalem (Hebrews 11:10). Now we should “walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham” (Romans 4:12).

While Abraham was eagerly awaiting New Jerusalem, “he dwelt as a foreigner in the land of promise as in a foreign land” (Hebrews 11:9). He confessed that he was a stranger in that land (11:13). His focus was not on the current situation around him but on the better, heavenly country (11:16). Sometimes too much attention to the situation around us prevents us from coming forward to God and His throne. Lord, cause us to turn our eyes to the heavenly city and country.

Abraham was also “making his home in tents with Isaac and Jacob” (11:9). He confessed that he was a sojourner (11:13). This indicates that he regarded his living in the physical realm as temporary and moveable. Sometimes we have too many roots, too many attachments, to our current living place and its surroundings. This too can prevent us from coming forward to God and His throne.

Abraham eagerly waited for, sought (11:14), and longed for New Jerusalem. If our attention is elsewhere, we again have difficulty coming forward.

Lord Jesus, save us from all our attachments and release us from all our misplaced attention. Focus us on Yourself, Your throne, and Your city.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is © by Living Stream Ministry.

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