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The Daily Word of Righteousness
And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people. (Isaiah 51:16)
Perfecting the Spirit of Jerusalem
Plant the heavens.
Lay the foundations of the earth.
Say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
Since His resurrection from the dead two thousand years ago, Christ has been planting the heavens. When we are baptized in water we enter the crucifixion of Christ, and we enter also His resurrection. All us who are brought to Christ by the Spirit of God, whether we are Jewish or Gentile by natural birth, are raised into the heavens. Our lives are hidden with Christ in God.
In the present hour the eternal spiritual Jerusalem is in the heavens at the right hand of God while its fleshly counterpart is in the bondage of the flesh on the earth.
There are two Jerusalems: one in Heaven and the other on the earth. Our spiritual life is in Heaven now at the right hand of God. Every Christian who is abiding in the Lord Jesus is part of the heavenly Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem in Heaven is the mother of all those who have been called to be saints, regardless of whether they are Jewish or Gentile by physical birth. The elect are one body in Christ. They will inherit the land forever that the Lord God may be glorified.
The Jerusalem on the earth corresponds to Hagar, Sarah's maid, because it is filled with children who were not born according to the Divine promise. The Jerusalem in Heaven corresponds to Sarah because it is filled with children who, like Abraham, have been called according to God's purpose in Christ. They are children by election, by the miracle working of God, not by physical birth.
As soon as we are risen with Christ, as soon as we are born again, we become part of the heavenly Jerusalem.
But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, (Hebrews 12:22) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just [righteous] men made perfect, (Hebrews 12:22,23)
From this point forward in our lives the Spirit of God begins to perfect our spiritual nature. The Spirit of God employs the gifts and ministries of the Body of Christ, tribulation, our prayers and those of others, and every conceivable grace and experience to transform our spiritual nature, to purge and refine the part of our personality that is capable of union with God's Spirit. Our spiritual nature is perfected in the Presence of God in Heaven even though we still are alive on the earth.
To be continued.