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Coming to Heavenly Glory

In distinction from Esau and others who, although born in a covenant family did not repent of their sins, and sought merely what they called blessings, we find in Hebrews 12:22 this truth: "But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels."

What a difference! In verses 19-21 the author pointed out the things which the Israelites experienced at Mt. Sinai, and which terrified them. He spoke of so terrible a sight that Moses said, "I exceedingly fear and quake." It is in contrast to such punishment which we deserve that now he tells us what those who in faith run the race will by God's grace obtain.

Yes, it is to mount Zion that we run in the race of which he spoke in the first verse of this chapter. Mount Zion is called the city of the living God, and it is called Jerusalem. He also added that striking truth of our living pretty soon with an innumerable host of angels.

Mount Zion was where God's temple was built. That was where He symbolically dwelt in the Holy of Holies, behind the veil. For Christ was there with His blood upon the mercy seat of the ark. But what is coming is a city where we will in Christ have intimate fellowship with God. The place is called the heavenly Jerusalem, that is, the city of peace with God.

There we shall be holy like that host of angels that never fell into sin. Yea, we shall be as holy as Christ, for He made us holy by His Spirit and on the basis of His cross.

Does all this sound interesting to you? Are you looking forward to the blessedness promised by God?

If we are God's born-again children, that blessedness will be there in this life.

Read: Revelation 21

Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism

Through the Bible in One Year
Read today:

Esther 1-3 
I Corinthians 11:17-34 
Psalm 35:17-28 
Proverbs 21:19-20 
Quote for Reflection:

John Calvin on Hebrews 7:3: "... Melchisedec is not to be considered here, as they say, in his private capacity, but as a sacred type of Christ; nor ought we to think that it was accidentally or inadvertently omitted that no kindred is ascribed to him, and that nothing is said of his death; but on the contrary, that this was done designedly by the Spirit, in order to give us an idea of one above the common order of men. There seems therefore to be no probability in the conjecture of those who say that Melchisedec was Shem the son of Noah; for if we make him to be some known individual, we destroy this third likeness between Melchisedec and Christ ... It seems not to be worth one’s while to refute the delirious notions of those who dream that Christ himself, or the Holy Spirit, or an angel, appeared at that time ..."
Last modified on 18 August 2018

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  • Date: 18-August