“The City Of The Living God” ( Hebrews 12: 28, NIV ) by Carley Evans

The author of Hebrews reminds us that we “have not come to a mountain that can be touched with fire.” We have not come “to darkness, gloom and storm.” (Hebrews 12:18) We are not come into “a kingdom that [can] be shaken.” (Hebrews 12:28) Rather, we “have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. [We] have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. [We] have come to God, the judge of all men, to spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” (Hebrews 12:22-24)

On this earth,”we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” (Hebrews 13:14) Like Abraham, we are “stranger[s] in a foreign country…looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” (Hebrews 11:8,10)

We are “still living by faith…[having] not received the things promised; [we] only see them and welcome them from a distance. And [we] admit that [we] are aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own… [We] are longing for a better country — a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called [our] God, for He has prepared a city for [us.]” (Hebrews 11:13-16)

“It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace.” (Hebrews 13:9)

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