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01/15/2015

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Zion - The New Jerusalem


"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" (Heb.12:22-23).

More than likely, the author of the Book of Hebrews is referring to his reader's conversions when he said that they have "come to Mount Zion..." Zion first appears in the Bible as a Jebusite fortification, with valleys to the east, west and south providing a natural protection. King David captured the city by entering through a water shaft and it then belonged to Israel. As things evolved, it came to stand for Jerusalem in its entirety. Just looking at it, Jerusalem or Zion appeared to be a regular city, like any other, but because of its spiritual importance, the place would foreshadow heavenly realities... "But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother" (Gal.4:26). Zion in the New Testament becomes synonymous with the Jerusalem above and Christian fellowship, an extension of heavenly realms. "We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ" (1 Jn.1:3). To belong to Christ is to share in the church of the firstborn, and to have one's name registered in heaven as we see in today's verses... In Zion, the New Jerusalem where Christians have their fellowship, the Son of God is the mediator for us. Praise God, that through Jesus offering Himself as a sacrifice for us, He is able to represent men and women with all their weaknesses and to plead their case before God in Zion, the New Jerusalem...

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you today... Love mark Phil.4:11

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