Home in the city of the living God cannot be shaken. Hebrews 12

Home is in the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem

22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem… 12:22

For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. Hebrews 13:14

Home cannot be taken away

26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,

In Jesus, we are lifted into a heavenly realm, marked as a truly “better world” by joy and righteousness.  The believers have a choice.  Will they refuse God, who is calling them to a heavenly lifestyle, and try to build their lives in the material world?  That world is only a copy of reality and soon will be shaken out of existence.  Or will they heed God’s voice and live “by faith,” thus “receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken”?

Home is in the Mountain of Fear and the Mountain of Joy

18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”

22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

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