The City on the Hill is Here.

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Jesus told the Disciples ~ 14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden”

This word translated “hill” was used over 60 times in the NT and only one other time translated “hill”. Every other time, it was translated “Mountain”. I believe Jesus was referencing the one City on the one Mountain that matters throughout the Scriptures…The City is Jerusalem and the Mountain is Zion.

Consider What Paul said about the Church ~ 26But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.” (Gal.4:26) and 22But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…” (Heb.12:22)

Because currently “5you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood…”(1 Peter 2:5)

20having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, 21in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. (Ephesians 2)

We are not now nor will we ever be a literal building or city. No building or city could ever be big enough or glorious enough to contain the glory that God has already given each of us!

24“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands…” (Act 17)

We are however already the City on the Mountain that the O.T. Prophets prophesied!

24and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” (Eph.4)

Since we are being built into a temple of God (in the Spirit) and we are already created in the likeness of God in righteousness, holiness and truth; can we find prophecies of a city that is ~

City of Truth ~

3“Thus says the LORD, ‘I will return to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts will be called the Holy Mountain.” (Zech.8:3)

City of Righteousness ~

 26“Then I will restore your judges as at the first,
            And your counselors as at the beginning;
            After that you will be called the city of righteousness,
            A faithful city.”

      27Zion will be redeemed with justice
            And her repentant ones with righteousness. (Isaiah 1:26,27)

Holy City ~

1Awake, awake,
            Clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion;
            Clothe yourself in your beautiful garments,
            O Jerusalem, the holy city;
            For the uncircumcised and the unclean
            Will no longer come into you. (Isaiah 52:1)

This is not some city that we are waiting to literally, visibly see descending from Heaven to earth before a future “Millennial Kingdom”…it’s who we are collectively NOW IN CHRIST! How is this possible?

How is it not possible if we believe…if we are truly and completely convinced and aware of the fact that Almighty God LIVES IN US! Whoever is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him! ~ (1 Cor.6:17)

Now the Lord is our righteousness, YHWH Tsidkenu! He is the one who has sanctified us,  YHWH Makkadish. The Lord Jesus is the Truth! He IS our righteousness, sanctifier and truth and we are already IN created him in his likeness!

We are already righteous, holy and true IN CHRIST and that’s how we are now being built as his holy City, the city of righteousness, the city of Truth!

24and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” (Eph.4)

Now we need to simply renew our minds in the truth of who God says we already are!

9Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD” ~Isaiah 51

1“Arise, shine; for your light has come,
            And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you….3“Nations will come to your light,
            And kings to the brightness of your rising.” ~ Isaiah 60

 

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