HEBREWS 11: 10 - THE NEW JERUSALEM
We are all looking, with nervous anticipation, to Heaven! If someone tells me they are not the least bit anxious etc about Eternity, they are not telling the Truth. Revelation chapter 21 (which we will flesh out tomorrow) gives a small glimpse about what the new Heaven and Earth will look like! The Bible calls this "New Jerusalem" - the City of our God...where there is no day or night because the LORD HIMSELF will shine so brightly in His Glory, we won't need a sun or moon!
So then, you imagine this - two thousand years BEFORE Christ was born, His servant Abraham already envisioned the Eternal City, Which dimensions are already set and ready to roll after the 1000 year reign of Christ on earth! This was around 2000 BC! This also tells me that Jesus gave Abraham the same vision which Apostle John had in Revelation.
As we move on to our next installment in the Faith Chapter of Hebrews 11:10, I put back up verse 9 to show the context of verse 10. This has to be so since the way Abraham and his descendants lived at first - as strangers/foreigners in pagan land, was a recognition of their temporary earthly status. These were a people whose vision was clear about WHOSE they were - God, and their fallen, forgiven condition. Many say, "well Christ was not born yet, how could these Hebrews be saved?"
Good question - "Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness" (Romans 4:3)! He was saved by Faith. When the bible said he was made righteous - it means exactly that: Abraham was made right before God because he believed and then obeyed. ALL Old Testament saints were saved by Faith and NOT the blood of the animals they sacrificed at an altar. It was only when Christ was killed on the Cross and the first Drop of Divine Blood hit the tree He was nailed to, that retroactive and FUTURE Atonement was made for ALL mankind! This may sound confusing, but I can explain this at a future date.
Here are both verses 9 and 10 of Hebrews 11 (NLT):
9: And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith--for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise.
10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.
Abraham KNEW Christ! You say - WHAT?!
Who do you think was walking in the cool of the evening in the Garden of Eden (which He created)....way back in Genesis 3, asking Adam where he was hiding?
Who do you think was in the Pillar of Cloud and the Fire Which led the Israelites out of Egypt?
Who do you think appeared to Samson's mother in the book of Judges...and His Name was Wonderful and on and on....!!!!! HIS NAME IS JESUS! KING OF THE UNIVERSE!
Christ and two of His top angels (Genesis 18) visited Abraham just before He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah! Abraham tried to make a deal with Jesus to spare Sodom as Lot lived there!
It was Jesus Who constantly spoke to Abraham as He led him out of Southern Iraq at age 75.
It was Jesus Who showed Abraham His Face in Genesis.
It was Jesus Who gave Abraham the vision of the Eternal City where you and I will live forever with Him!
RIGHT NOW: I had such a download of Holy Spirit and am still slain in Him right now, while writing this, I can't believe God would choose to allow someone such as I to write these Truths! Glory to His Name! My entire body is on Fire -literally - for Christ at 3:28am writing this! I had to stop a few minutes ago and just thank and worship Him and say Hallelujah!
I hope you know Christ - deeply and personally. You can know Him as Abraham does - just let yourself go! Loose yourself in Jesus. It is Christ and Christ Alone! Faith is only the beginning of the Journey with Jesus.
Love HIM NOW! LIVE HIM NOW! LIVE WITH HIM - FOREVER!
Amen! The new testament is full of examples of how Christ was the author of creation. Romans, Colossians and Hebrews makes reference to the point. I really enjoyed your post. God Bless you!
Yes, Bernie, I agree 100%. Jesus is the natural manifestation of God on earth. Abraham called Him 'Lord.' Jesus is Lord. Abraham spoke to Jesus.
And Jesus was in the Garden of Eden. After the sin of Adam, Jesus cursed the earth man walked on. Since God owns nothing that is cursed, the cursed earth accrued to the ownership of Satan. Satan became ruler of the world (John 12:31). Because, due to the sin of man, Jesus cursed the earth, leaving ownership to Satan, the only way Jesus would receive ownership back from Satan, would be if Jesus personally lived a sinless life, thereby defeating Satan, removing the curse, and restoring ownership of earth back to God.
Jesus confirms transfer of ownership back to Him in Matthew 28:18, stating, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." So the fall of man is complete. Jesus is restored to ownership of earth. All that is left is for the fighting to stop. But the war is won. "It is finished."
A very provocative piece, Bernie. Thanks for that, very much. I am now a subscriber. You have a great blog.
Brothers Derrick and Hank!!
Thank you so very much for your powerfully constructed and insightful AND inspirational comments!
You both have caught the spirit of the message perfectly and I look forward to hearing from you again in the future!! AMEN!!
The main thing is Jesus is everywhere and IN everything! That is so rich brothers!!!
I will also sign up to follow your blogs. Hank! Your comment is a blog by itself, bro!!:-)) Thanks! Have a Jesus sized day today. Am getting ready to write today's devotion.
Glory to His Name, amen
Bernie, a bondservant of Christ
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