Benefits Of Living In Mt Zion (New Jerusalem)
As disciples of Christ we are guaranteed eternal life, but we also have all of the benefits of a heavenly citizen available to us now. Yet, most Christians walk around defeated and do not understand the place they have through Christ and where our home really is. Most Believers act like this earth, and the Babylon system of this world is the way we are supposed to live.
Hebrews 12: 18 (NASB) ‘for you have not come to a mountain that may be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind 19- and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word should be apple to them. 20 For they could not bear the command ‘if even a beast touches the mountain it will be stoned.’’
21- So terrible was the sight Moses said, ‘I am full of fear and trembling.’
I am not talking about the victorious, Christian life being one filled with riches and glory of this world. It’s not about cars and houses and stuff. It is a life of victory over sin and all of the evil strongholds that come with it. It is a life free from the curses of sin and all that goes with a lifestyle of sin.
The children of Israel were warned to prepare themselves before they came to the mountain. God was coming down to meet them and would later give the law to His servant Moses. The demands placed upon them were so hard that they asked Moses and Joshua to go near.
Exodus 24;10 Moses and Aaron, with Nadab and Abihu went up with seventy of the elders of Israel. Verse 10 ‘ and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself.’
Wow! It appears that the God of Israel was sitting on His throne and came down to Sinai. The elders were looking at the sea of glass that we see in Revelation. Verse eleven says that God did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the children of Israel, and they beheld God and ate and drank.’
God had brought the throne room down to Sinai and only a few could go up. Later only Moses and Joshua were allowed up. The children of Israel were afraid to go near, and they sent Moses and a few others. Yet, God has protocol about how to approach Him and who He allows near His throne.
We often sing songs and pray prayers about being at or before the throne of God or The throne of grace. We often trivialize it as if we have no reverence or fear of God as the Children of Israel had. Yet, we are supposed to approach that throne with fear and reverence but we are not to be afraid. It is something that is part of our lives. The same lighting and thundering that we see in Exodus and Numbers are found around the throne in the book of Revelation. Nothing changed. The people had not been taught about holiness and shed blood to atone for sins, allowing them to be clean and approach God. Rather, they would have to go to a priest and go through a high priest at High Holy days.
If we as disciples of Christ have not come to Mount Sinai and trumpets and a mountain that cannot be touched then where have we come to? If we are not at a mountain where others begged that no more word be spoken, then where are we as followers of Jesus?
Hebrews 12:22 “But you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23- and to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.’
Wow! When we are saved and brought into the kingdom of God we immediately have access to all of that and everything else that is in Heavenly Zion. That is why when Jesus came, He declared, ‘the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.’ That is why we pray for God’s kingdom to come here on earth as it is in heaven. Look at all that is in the Heavenly City, the Heavenly kingdom.
The Children of Israel did not want to seek the Lord for themselves. Like so many in the body of Christ today who want the pastor, or teacher, or prophet, or some other ‘specially anointed’ minister to seek heaven and get the breakthrough so that they can grab it from them without doing anything. Many just want all of the benefits without doing the work. There is suffering and persecution that go in living the Christian life.
How can we suffer and yet be living in that city described in Hebrews 12:22-24?
The Children of Israel never realized that they were part of something better and greater than Sinai. That comes through much revelation and faith. The patriarchs saw it from a distance but never obtained it due to the fact that they all died before Jesus appeared in the flesh, suffered, died, rose again, and cleansed the heavenly copies. (Heb. 9:24 NASB)
Do not be like the Children of Israel and fail to realize that we are part of something bigger than Sinai with the covenant that required repeated sacrifices and a God who was far off and unapproachable. Learning to live in the heavenly realms and that we have access to all that heaven offers is what the Christian life is all about. There is no sickness, and while I believe in Divine healing, I also am aware that we are still living in a fallen world and that ‘it is appointed for man to die one.’
It’s time to live a kingdom of God lifestyle and live like we are citizens of the New Jerusalem