A STRONG CITY
BY: RAY PRINZING
“We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.” (Isaiah 26:1)
In a concise form or statement, it could be said that: A city is a place (position), a people, and a state of being. “For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city.” (Jer. 1:18)
“A city broken down without walls, is a man without restraint over his spirit.” (Prov. 25:28, Young’s) Thus, to say that God is building us a city, we are literally using the term of “building a city” to symbolize how He is preparing us to fill a position, and become a state of being in Him.
Having received “the end of your faith, the salvation of your soul,” you will find that you have been surrounded with SALVATION AS A WALL and a bulwark. It will be your protection, it will be your security. Indeed, so complete shall be this salvation, that “the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” (John 14:20) “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, of maketh a lie.” (Rev. 21:27)
Seems there are still times when the enemy has made inroads into the city, stirs up our emotions with the wrong kind of a spirit, the spirit of the world, and momentarily robs us of our peace. But when our God has fully wrought in us of His purpose, brought us into the totality of our salvation, we’ll become an untouchable, as far as evil is concerned, for we will be surrounded by the wall of eternal salvation. “Thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.” (Isa. 1:26)
There are also gates in that city, so that the life thereof, and the glory thereof, might flow out to all mankind. “Open to me the gates of righteousness.” (Ps. 118:19) All that passes out through these gates will be a ministration of righteousness to bring blessing to man. “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God.” (Ps. 46:4) Out of the deep of the bosom of God, flowing through HIS PEOPLE is a river of life to bless all creation.