The Heavenly Jerusalem

I found a very interesting revelation the other day when looking at and thinking of God and His church. To all those that yearn for the revival of a victorious church, rest not!

 

Heb 12:22 “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.”

 

The writer of Hebrews compares and contrasts the occasions of the giving of the Law and of Grace in Heb 12:18-24 and the superiority of the latter over the former. He gives further warning not “refuse him who speaks”. However my emphasis for this post is on his comparison of the church to “Mount Zion” and to “the heavenly Jerusalem”.

 

I could not help but find it insightful and encouraging when I also came across these in Is 62.

 

Is 62:1 “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.”

 

Hmm. This is God himself assuring us that for the righteousness and salvation of His Jerusalem, he will not be quiet. Granted that here he was probably referring to Israel itself. However it also tells me that God is jealous with the same jealousy for the righteousness of His church, his “Zion” and “heavenly Jerusalem” as for the physical Israel. He will have his church’s righteousness shine forth for the whole world to see. So then it leads us to v 6-7

 

Is 62:6-7 “I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes here the praise of the earth.”

 

There is not much that I can say that has not already been said by this verse. God himself has given us the assurance that He will not rest till the righteousness of His Jerusalem shines forth. It is as if he is the Chief watchman and we serve under him. Is it not a privilege to be a watchman with him? So then if he is not resting, what right do we have to rest when that righteousness has not been restored?

 

So to those of us who yearn to “see Him glorious” I paraphrase Isaiah – “You are a watchman. Your boss the chief watchman himself is watching out for Jerusalem. So don’t rest until righteousness and salvation, repentance and revival arrives unto Jerusalem and she becomes the praise of the earth.” It’s a great honour to be serving alongside the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in restoring church and making his kingdom come.

 

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. (Mt 6:9-10)

 

Quotes are from the NIV version of the bible. All mistakes are mine please, not the bible’s :-).

 

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