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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Our Christian Pilgrimage, #27
Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD. And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee. (Zechariah 2:10,11)
And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. (Zechariah 14:5)
So it is with the city of Jerusalem on the earth. The earthly Jerusalem is like our physical body. Jerusalem is being left in its dead state on the earth while its spirit is being perfected in the heavens. As soon as a firstfruits of the elect have been perfected in Christ, Jesus will return with these righteous ones. They will enter with the Lord Jesus into the city of Jerusalem and the whole city will be filled with glory.
As the human being becomes a new creation so does Jerusalem become the new Jerusalem.
Blessed be the name of the Lord our God who alone does wonderful things.
Neither the physical body nor Jerusalem can perfect itself. God must receive the spirit in the heavenlies and there refine and perfect it according to His own methods and devices.
As soon as Christ has become the life of the human being, and the life of the city of Jerusalem, the Life of Christ will return to the earth and clothe Itself with its material counterparts. The Glory of God will be revealed to the nations of the earth and they will believe that God has sent Christ and that God loves the saints as He loves the Lord Jesus.
The new Jerusalem is the Kingdom of God, the eternal Tabernacle of God. The Throne of God and of the Lamb is in it. It is the Wife of the Lamb, the city that will rule over the works of God's hands throughout eternity.
To become an eternal part of the new Jerusalem is to enter our Canaan. Jerusalem, as well as our own flesh, is bound by the adversary. Christ is leading us to total victory against the adversary. Jerusalem (and our own body) will be released from the chains of Hell and filled with eternal life.
Since the spirit of Jerusalem is the composite of the spirits of the individuals who constitute the Wife of the Lamb, one unholy member would prevent the new Jerusalem from being the "holy" city. Every member of the Wife of the Lamb must be holy and without blemish or else the Wife would be unholy and blemished.
Nothing that defiles can enter the new Jerusalem. The grace of God does not waive that requirement. Rather the grace of God works with us until we are undefiled. The entrance of Israel into Canaan does not typify a believer obtaining Heaven by imputation (ascribed righteousness), but a believer by the Spirit of God pressing into areas of joy and glory that have been assigned to him but which at this time are inhabited by wicked spirits.
To be continued.