City of God
Hebrews 12,13,1 Peter 1, John 14:1-3
In John chapter 14 Jesus begins to comfort his disciples after telling them that he must leave them, and revealing to Peter that he would deny Jesus three times. Jesus declares to His disciples that He is going to prepare a place for them, and that ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions.’ Similarly, the writer of Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 11:16 that God has prepared a city for those that are faithful. All those that believe in Jesus Christ have a hope and inheritance in the holy city of God that is to come.
It is a city that was revealed to Ezekiel and to John on the isle of Patmos. It is a city that is lit by the glory of God, and whose gates never shut. The inhabitants of the city shall see the face of God. Ezekiel is shown that the city’s name is ‘The Lord is there.’ This is the reward for those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. It is the dwelling place for all those who shall see God face to face at the end of this age. It is the age to come, the eternal future for all who trust on the name of the Lord.
We are not seeking a city or a dwelling place here on this earth, but we have a citizenship in the city of God that is to come. It is a city where the river of God flows from His throne, where the tree of life bears fruits for the healing of the nations, and where God himself lights the city day and night. As those that have been born again, we are citizens of the New Heaven, seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. We are merely ambassadors here on earth. The customs of the world are not our customs. The ways of the culture are not our ways. We are not to hope or trust in the world, but are called to come out from among them and be holy, as God the father is holy. Our fellowship is with Him at His thrown. Today, may you represent your heavenly dwelling, and boldly walk as a son and daughter of God, an inheritor of an eternal home that is to come.
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