Citizens Of Heaven On Earth

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Jesus gave his disciples (whom we are if we continue in His message ~ John 8:31) very few instructions on how to pray but, we know that we are supposed to pray to ~ “Father, hallowed be your name; Let your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth (just) as it is in Heaven.” Some versions say “Father. let your name be kept holy…” (Luke 11:2)

Because; The will of the Father, His name (think nature) and The Kingdom of God are all intertwined.

Consider the symbolic promise to the most faithful church addressed in “The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Rev.1:1); which was the Church of Philadelphia (brotherly love) in Rev.3:12 ~”Him that overcometh… I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”

Philadelphia was the only church of the 7 that was not rebuked at all an they were greatly exhorted by Jesus himself “Because you have kept my word about patient enduranceyou have obeyed my word and have not denied my name.

Obedience to Jesus Word and not denying His name go hand-in-hand because denying his name is more than just not publicly confessing Jesus as Savior and Lord but, doing the Word; which is the will of God.

Isn’t that what were instructed to pray? But, see that the Kingdom is not just coming but; its coming just as it is in Heaven! Something crucial that I had missed for so long before I began seeking “The Kingdom first and His righteousness…” (Matt.6:33) is that “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. (Luke 16:16)

The Word of God is no longer simply the Old Testament prophecies; which ALL prophesied (of Jesus) until John (the Baptist) and NOW the Gospel of the Kingdom (which is also the Word of God according to Jesus in Matt.13:19 synced to Luke 8:11) HAS BEEN preached (Because the Kingdom of God is here!) and we enter it by force! The Kingdom is not a visible Kingdom; like the kingdoms of this world (John 18:36) but, it is “Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit!”

The Word of God is Jesus and it is also the Gospel of the Kingdom. The Kingdom is not a material city of Kingdom but, it is a Kingdom which cometh (has come and will continue to come according to the Greek tense, Present participle active) back in Revelation 3. The Overcomer will receive the name of God, the name of New Jerusalem and Jesus’ own new name. Doesn’t that sound a lot like the “Lord’s Prayer” back in Luke 11?

So, is this promise for the future age or now? What if it is both?

Consider what Paul wrote to the Galatians as he encouraged/rebuked them to stop striving according to fleshly works to please God but, too rest in the righteousness of faith and continue in the Spirit of God; which is how we all started our walk!

Speaking of the old covenant or Mt. Sinai/Hagar/Slavery/Law/Works of the flesh/Pre-70A.D. Jerusalem he says ~ “The one woman, Hagar, is from Mount Sinai, and her children are born into slavery.” (Gal.4:24b)

and of the new covenant or Mt.Zion/Sarah/Freedom/Love/Grace by the Spirit/Kingdom of God NOW ~ “But the heavenly Jerusalem is the free woman, and she is our spiritual mother” (Gal.4:26)

and a few verses back ~“This is being said as an allegory, for these women represent two covenants.”

We have been born of New Jerusalem and God is writing His name (think nature) on our entire beings.  Hebrews speaks so much about the contrast between the OLD and the NEW; and the Old Covenant (which was still partially in place until 70 A.D. and was in the process of being completely removed. according to 8:13-17 & 9:8-11 & 10:8-10.)

The Old Covenant promise of rest was inferior to the current promise of rest for our souls in Christ Jesus “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…23and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant.” (Heb.12:22-24)

Mount Zion is the same Holy Mountain mentioned multiple times in Revelation but consider 21:9,10 ~ “Come! I will show you the bride, the wife of the lamb.” 10He carried me away in the Spirit to a large, high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven.”

This same Mt Zion, New Heavenly (spiritual) Jerusalem is where our righteous spirit dwells in God! “For our citizenship is in heaven!” Not; it will be in Heaven. “Therefore, receiving a kingdom not to be shaken, we may have grace, by which we may serve God well pleasing…” (again; receiving is a P.P.A. in the Greek, which carries a present and continuing to meaning.)

We are receiving the Kingdom and continue to receive the Kingdom which has come and will continue to come until His will is done on earth just as it is in Heaven…and we are already there (in our spirit).

The Kingdom of God is here! Seek the Kingdom and you will find it!

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