We are Pilgrims. Yes we have an eternal hope, which means we are on a heavenly journey. This journey is pictured in scripture as, going up to Zion and going up to Jerusalem. It is growing in the understanding and the internal likeness of our risen Lord.
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect (of which they acquired while they were in the flesh). 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.”
Hear the Heavenly Voice
25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, how much more shall we NOT escape, if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27 Now this, “Yet once more”, indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.” So we should know what composition to expect.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear (not to be mistaken for an Adam like, self preserving fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.”
Now we will see that the mindset of pilgrimage is a key to the kingdom now, by faith, from Psalms 84.5-7
Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
They make it a spring;
The rain also covers it with pools.
7Â They go from strength to strength;
Each one appears before God in Zion”.
In the mountain of Your inheritance,
In the place, O Lord, which You have made
For Your own dwelling,
The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.” And not the works of men.
That is the focus. Eternal, Holy, separate from sinners and this created realm down here.
Or who may stand in His holy place?
Â He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
Â He shall receive blessing from the Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
We who seek Your face. Selah
The eternal gift of life is timeless. What has been given to us â€œIn Christâ€ cannot not be lost or taken away because it is not related to the creation of emc=square of time and matter or any of things made from the Big Bang. That is why we are instructed to not look at the things that are seen for the things that are seen are temporary but the things that are unseen are eternal. The gift from God can never be seen with human eyes. â€œFlesh and blood does not inherit the kingdomâ€. For even Christ himself, the one who brought immortality to light through the gospel, did not appear in His royalty. And His own words? â€œMy Kingdom is not of this ageâ€. Meaning this creation that we physically experience.
We are called to His eternal Glory. Paul said â€œto be found â€œIn Himâ€ not having my own righteousness but that which is by faith in Jesus Christ. Paul also said of his listeners that it was his desire to present them to the Lord as â€œchaste virginsâ€. This has nothing to do with our humanity or our past, of which Paul counted all as dung, but it has everything to do with us being found â€œin Christâ€.
We see in Zechariah 3 Joshua the high priest standing before the Lord and Satan accusing him. And what did the Lord say of Joshua? Is this not a brand plucked from the fire? The Lord proceeded to instruct those who stood by to â€œtake away the filthy garments, see I will clothe you with rich robesâ€. Those who stand before the Lord, and we all do if we have His Spirit, are never seen by Him in our old nature. For â€œeven the holy angels behold the face of the Father when they see these little onesâ€. Us. It is only our guilty conscience and the fallen angels that try to drag our stinky old carcass into the presence of our Father. Like a cat dragging a half dead rat into the house. Get that thing out of here!
And this is what we do whenever we bring before the Lord our failures or our human accomplishments, good and bad. Our continual confessing of sin or bragging are equally repulsive to the Father. When it comes to sin His answer has always been the same. He dealt with it at the cross. Both of those actions deny the perfect offering, the sinless sacrifice, the lamb without spot or blemish. The one who died to free us from sin. Anytime we try to drag are old carcass into His presence it is as if we say â€ No Christ wasnâ€™t enoughâ€. Even from Hebrews 10.2 that the worshipers once purged should have no consciousness of sin. Receive this gift for it is part of the package.
The Lord acknowledges those who exist on the resurrection side of the cross. This is why â€œif anyone is â€œIn Christâ€ he is a new creation, all things are made newâ€. We offer ourselves living sacrifices which is our new spiritual man. As we learn to put on Christ we find ourselves in a place where no man can go, where no man has been, meaning those born from Adam.
You see Christ came to us by a virgin birth and He lay down after the cross in a tomb no man lay in before to display this truth. The place where He came from and where He went has nothing to do with man or time and matter And as we accept the gift, the new creation in His like likeness, the one who is spirit and truth, we too are found, that is our souls that have been purified by the word of truth, we are found as a tomb where no man lay and like the virgin whom no man has defiled. A place before and after all humanity Why? Because that is the timeless eternal gift spotless, pure and undefilable reserved for us in heaven. Which cannot be tainted by humanity and that includes our old dead carcass of a man.
Our human body and our mind as it relates to our old self are non existent and have no place before the throne of God. They are pre-Christ and unclean and nothing that is defiled can enter. The sacrifice you take into His presence is His Son Himself and that is what He sees in us. If there was any other acceptable gift then the Son, then the Son died in vain. This is what it means to be found â€œin Himâ€™.
Are we â€œin Christâ€ or â€œin the worldâ€? Are we trying to bring the half dead rat into the house of God? Are we offering up continual efforts of doing the best we can and covering our short comings with confessions instead of His blood? This is where Satan wants you to confuse you. The roaring lion who is seeking whom he may devour, knowing that this suffering is experienced by our brotherhood where? â€œin the worldâ€. To that I say, get â€œin Christâ€. Put on the â€œnew manâ€.
I John 2.12+ I write to you children because your sins are forgiven for His names sake. I write to you new men because you have overcome the wicked one, and because you are strong and the word of God abides in you.