Forgetting, Stretching, Pursuing

New JerusalemGod has already prepared a city for His people—“He has prepared a city for them” (Hebrews 11:16). This is New Jerusalem.

Hebrews 12:22 says further that we “have come forward to…the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.” Our coming forward is by faith.

God has prepared and we have come forward. So why don’t we see New Jerusalem? Why aren’t we fully conscious of it? Prior posts (one two) responded to this question.

Although God has prepared the city, it has not been manifested. This absence should motivate us to pursue, to come forward, not to relax, not to be passive. This is Paul’s attitude in Philippians 3:12-14:

“Not that I have already obtained or am already perfected, but I pursue, if even I may lay hold of that for which I also have been laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers, I do not account of myself to have laid hold; but one thing I do: Forgetting the things which are behind and stretching forward to the things which are before, I pursue toward the goal…”

Paul received much revelation and grace from the Lord. Yet, he did not boast in that. Nor did he count that as sufficient. Rather, he pursued. The Lord is ever new, ever fresh, ever unfolding His riches. We need not fear dropping the past because there will always be something more of Him before us.

May the attitude and desire expressed in Philippians 3 be infused into us! May we all be saved from passivity. Let us pursue more of the Lord daily. This is our path to New Jerusalem.

Photo by Willem van Aken, courtesy of CSIRO Australia

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  1. Edgar Hovhannisyan

     /  March 30, 2015

    Amen! We should be motivated with the lack of manifestation of the city God has prepared to pursue, to come forward, not to relax, not to be passive!


    • Edgar, yesterday morning (ITERO, msg 9) a little of the speaking was about not being positive but passive. We often read or hear and passively agree. But when God spoke through Nathan to David in 2 Samuel 7:12-14, David did not merely say “amen.” David “went and sat before Jehovah” (v. 18), then reviewed his situation and Israel’s history with the Lord. Finally, David prayed that Jehovah God would confirm the word He spoke (v. 25) and grant the blessing which He spoke (v. 29).


  2. Fred Northrup

     /  March 30, 2015

    Right. He is able to save to the uttermost only those who come forward to God through Him. Let us pursue toward the goal!


  3. Amen! I just enjoyed reading Life Study of Philippians #23 on this same point.

    Those verses can be sung to this tune:


  4. Madison Madison

     /  March 31, 2015

    Praise the Lord the New Jerusalem is not merely a physical city with heavenly mansions, but it is the city of the living God! The New Jerusalem is the full mingling of the Triune God with His redeemed, regenerated, and transformed people, which can be seen in typology in Leviticus 2:4 with the meal offering composed of fine flour mingled with oil. Thank you Lord for mingling with us! May we continue to pursue the ultimate consummation of God’s purpose in man, the New Jerusalem!


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