New Jerusalem, a Revelation in Spirit

Recent posts present steps in our Christian journey to get to the high mountain to see New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:9-10). How long will this journey take? The Bible does not say.

New JerusalemThe length of the journey depends both on the Lord’s mercy and on our cooperation along the way. Do not be discouraged by failures. In the Old Testament picture Israel had complaints and resistance along the way. Nevertheless, God brought them to the mountain because that was His intention to fulfill His purpose.

When Israel began walking after eating the passover lamb (a picture of Christ— 1 Cor. 5:7) they had no idea how long it would take to get to the mountain. Likewise, we have no idea when we will be “carried away in spirit onto a great and high mountain” to see New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:9-10). We are journeying like Abraham, who “being called, obeyed to go out…not knowing where he was going” nor when he would arrive (Heb. 11:8).

God had promised to bring Israel to the mountain (Exo. 3:12) and He did it. Since there is also a New Testament mountain, surely there is also a New Testament promise.

The key to seeing New Jerusalem is our human spirit. The Holy Spirit is involved in the vision in oneness with our spirit. We are one spirit (1 Cor. 6:17), and the Spirit witnesses with our human spirit (Rom. 8:16). If we are in the flesh, the Holy Spirit remains in us but cannot live or work in us. May we let the Spirit dwell in us, live in us, be active in us. There is no other way to see New Jerusalem.

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  1. Amen. The length of the journey does depend on our cooperation with the Lord as well as God’s mercy. Not only did the journey of the children of Israel take them forty years, but most of them who started the journey did not reach the promised land because of unbelief and their turning away from God to other gods. But God who calls us, is always faithful and will do what He promised to do (1 Thes. 5:24; Heb. 10:23). Second Tim. 2:13 also reassures us that “if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” God has to fulfil His purpose and He will. We need to have faith in God.

    We must also take courage in the fact that whatever situation we go through, it is God’s arrangement for our transformation, our spiritual growth. The arrangement always precedes the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Paul in the New Testament is our pattern. In Philippians 1:19 he said “I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” In 1:6 he also said to the Philippians that he was “confident of this very thing, that He who has begun in you a good work will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Further, in 2:13 Paul said, “It is God who operates in us both the willing and the working for His good pleasure.”

    However, we need to give Him the opportunity to operate in us by turning to our spirit. As Brother Don said, our spirit is the key. Being in our mingled spirit is an indispensable requirement on our part. The revelation of the New Jerusalem is in spirit, and for us to see the New Jerusalem, and even having a foretaste of the New Jerusalem can only be in our mingled spirit by calling on the name of Jesus, pray-reading the word, unceasingly praying every time and in every place (1 Thes. 5:17; Eph. 6:18).

    O Lord Jesus, remind us and cause us to turn to and remain in our mingled spirit moment by moment. Amen.

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  2. Edgar

     /  September 2, 2015

    Amen!

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