We seek the city that is to come

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Hebrews 13:7-14

Do you ever feel out of place? You know like you do not belong. There is a reason for that feeling. We are really not meant for this world. That is not how God made us. We are made for something better. Deep down inside we all know this but most refuse to believe that anything better exists. It does.

When God made Adam and Eve they were meant to live in a garden. The Garden of Eden was a place where humans could live and work in communion with God. We would work not toil. God would be a ready presence in our lives. Things would in a word be heavenly. But things did not work out that way. God gave Adam and Eve free will. He did this so they could freely choose to love and obey Him. One cannot force love. Obedience can be forced but it would be a constant struggle. God could have made us like the animals going through life on auto control never having a choice but he did not. He wanted us to be able to choose. Unfortunately we chose wrongly.

We can blame Eve or Adam for our current predicament but the cold hard facts are we would have not done anything differently. It seems that given the choice we choose to sin rather than obey God. Oh, we manage to rationalize our sins away telling our selves that what we did was really not that bad and anyway we are still pretty good people compared to the other guy.

God knew we would make the wrong choice but He had a plan on how to enable us to be reconciled with Him. And so almost two thousand years ago He sent His own Son to live among us and make the ultimate sacrifice paying the price for our sins and enabling us to be reconciled with God. Jesus’ sacrifice gives us entrance to God’s city and allows us to stay there for all eternity. We call this city heaven and it is the place we were meant for. I do not know if there will be a garden as there was in the beginning but I do know we will feel right at home. Never more will we feel out of place.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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2 Responses to We seek the city that is to come

  1. Your message is very True David, God gave all His created beings free will, including Satan , who chose to seek God’s glory for himself. God cannot create evil, all good things come from Him and yes His Love for us is very great, both He and Jesus suffered grievous heartbreak when they were torn apart because of our sin that Jesus took upon himself so we could be Redeemed.

    It is very True we cannot earn our Salvation it is a free gift but as the Scripture confirm below but when we are Born again of God’s seed, we will show we have it .

    1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    1 John 3: 6-8 whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

    1 John 2:4-6 He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the Love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.

    Romans 6:22-23 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    1John 3:1-8 No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.

    Romans 6:18-20 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

    1John 4:16-17 And we have known and believed the Love that God hath to us. God is Love; and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.

    1 John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God Sins; but He who was Born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

  2. dwwork says:

    Anne, thanks again for your comment and the added Bible verses.

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