Come Forward on the New and Living Way

The prior three posts looked at the heavenly, spiritual, and eternal things in Hebrews 8 to 10. These all point to New Jerusalem. In contrast, all the Old Testament things in these chapters are earthly, physical, and temporary. Based on what Christ has accomplished, Hebrews 10:19-22 encourages us to come forward to enter the heavenly […]

Holy of Holies: Come Forward, Don’t Wait

In Revelation 21:16 New Jerusalem is a perfect and immense cube; this is the eternal holy of holies. This marvelous blessing is our eternal dwelling place with God and in God. However, we should not wait until New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven (Rev. 21:2, 10). Today we are encouraged to “come forward with […]

Come Forward to the Throne of Grace

God meets with us in the holy of holies between the cherubim of glory above the propitiation place. This meeting place is also the throne of grace. Because the throne of grace is in the holy of holies, Hebrews encourages us to come forward both to the holy of holies (10:19-22) and to the throne of […]

Come Forward to the Holy of Holies

New Jerusalem is the eternal holy of holies where we are one with the Triune God, see His face, serve Him, and are enlightened and nourished by Him. New Jerusalem will be wonderful, but don’t wait passively. Hebrews 10:19 tells us that we have “boldness for entering the Holy of Holies in the blood of Jesus.” […]

Enter the Veil, Come Forward to the Throne

A hymn by Witness Lee begins, “Enter the veil and go without the camp.” We enter the veil to behold the glorious Christ, to taste heaven’s sweetness, to be charmed by heaven’s glory, and to be energized by resurrection power. All of this is a foretaste of the heavenly Jerusalem (Heb. 12:22), New Jerusalem. The hymn concludes: Enter […]

Come Forward to Grace for New Jerusalem

We are in a series of excerpts from an issue of Affirmation & Critique* about New Jerusalem. The prior post is on New Jerusalem as a sign of the consummation of the operation of grace as allegorized in Galatians and Hebrews. Here is a short supplement to the prior post from the concluding word of that issue of Affirmation & Critique: Both […]

Come Forward, See God’s Face, Serve Him

A review of recent posts on the priesthood: • In Exodus 19 God stated His intention to make Israel a kingdom of priests; • Hebrews 5–7 speak about Jesus Christ as the kingly High Priest; • Revelation 1:5-6 and 5:9-10 tell us that Jesus Christ, through His propitiatory death, made us a kingdom of priests; […]

Come Forward to Get Ready

In Matthew 24 and 25 the Lord speaks about our being ready for Him as our Bridegroom. (see posts: ❖ ❖) This corresponds with Revelation 21:2, “New Jerusalem…prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” In Luke 22 the Lord spoke about His death. Peter said to the Lord, “I am ready to go with You both […]

Let Us Come Forward for Mercy and Grace

Both God and New Jerusalem have the appearance of jasper stone (Revelation 4, 21). This shared appearance begins now. In 1 Peter 2:4 the Lord is a living Stone. As we come to Him, He makes us living stones (v. 5). Our coming to Him is by drinking the milk of His word. Our coming […]

We Come Forward by Faith

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 […]

We Have Come Forward, We Come Forward

Every 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 […]

We Have Come Forward, We Come Forward

We “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 […]