THE CITY OF GOD
BY: LINDA KEITH
APRIL 20, 2004
For some time now, Father has been impressing the word, “city” on my heart. When we think of a city we think of all the things that relate to that city. We think of the buildings, houses, the traffic, the hustle and bustle. We notice growth or lack of growth. We inquire about the city: its reputation, its safety and as much as we can find out about it.
As I thought about the word “city,” the first thought that came to me, was New Jerusalem, the Holy City.
Rev. 21:2, “And I john saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
This word “city” means, a city or a town. (#4172). This city of #4172, comes from: to engage in warfare (literally or figuratively). It comes from a single encounter a series; it comes from battle, fight, (make) war.
So, this city is coming from warfare. And notice, Rev 21 tells us, “I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven.” We have learned that heaven is not somewhere in outer space, but, is between our ears. Our Spiritual ears. So, the battle or warfare takes place in our heavenlies, our thinking, and THEN it comes down into manifestation.
This is what we’ve been doing, having a battle take place in our heavens. All things that are not of Father is/has been being shakened. As each belief/thought is shaken and is replaced (putting on the Mind of Christ), by our being awakened to Father’s Truth. That Truth comes down into our being and our being is being changed! Praise His Name! And nothing or nobody can take these Truths from us.
This battle is worked out within us. There is/has been much bustle going on. Each time a new (to us) Truth comes from Father, the religious carnal mind begins battling within this city of God–US! If you noticed, in the definitions, this warfare is figuratively and literally. Actually, it’s both. The literal battle begins among the brethren.
John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.”
We KNOW that WE are Father’s house. Within us, are many mansions. This word, “mansion” means: a staying, or a residence, (the act or the place).# 3438. Sound familiar? The staying (the act) at a place. The root word is “men’-o” (men–that really sounds familiar). Many are still “staying at the place” of MAN! This word, men’-o, is a verb meaning to stay in a given place, state of being, relation, or expectancy. A verb shows action. To STAY is an action.(or lack of it).
Now, John told us, in Rev 21, that this “Holy City, New Jerusalem, the City of God, is com-ING! A process of appearing. If it was appearing to John, (even in the Spirit), that means that the city WAS, not would be. As it came down from heaven, it appeared, manifested to John’s Spiritual seeing. The city WAS, before it appeared to John.
John 14:2, “…I go to prepare a place for you.“
Folks, this, that Jesus was saying, was the manifestation of what He did before the foundation of the world. He did it then, and here in John, He is manifesting what He said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” The City was before the foundation of the world. It’s been waiting to appear, IN and AS US!
John 14:3, “…I will come AGAIN and receive you unto (into) myself.”
Jesus returned to His Position of being Father. (John 17:4-5). “I will come again.” Just as Father manifested in the flesh man, Jesus, HE HAS COME AGAIN, as US. We are HIS LIFE!
“…that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go, ye know, and the way ye know.”
This is because Father is living HIS LIFE through us, the same Spirit Being that He is. There is ONE SPIRIT. (Eph.4:4) And did He not tell us, “ye know all things?” (1 John 2:20) And the hidden things are NOW being revealed to/in us.
Now, let’s look at some things.
Jer. 33:4-5, “For thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah,, which are thrown down by the mounts, and by the sword. They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but it is to fill then with the dead bodies of men, whom I have slain in mine anger and in my fury, and for all whose wickedness I have hid my face fro this city.”
The houses of this city and the houses of Judah are carnal thoughts. Are thrown down by the mounts. Mounts means, rampart of besiegers. The besieging thoughts of the carnal mind and carnal words. These mounts or thoughts are filled with death of carnal thoughts.
Jer. 33:6, “Behold, I will bring it (the city) health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace AND TRUTH.”
Jer. 33:7, “And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, AND WILL BUILD THEM, AS AT THE FIRST.” (IS 1:26-27)
Jer. 33:8, “And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.” This has been done!
Jer. 33:9, “And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honor before all the nations of the earth…” (Eph 3:14-16)
“…for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto IT.” (it=the city).
Jer. 33:10, “Thus saith the Lord; AGAIN there shall be heard in this place, which ye say shall be desolate without MAN, and without BEAST, even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without MAN, and without inhabitant, and without BEAST.”
Twice, NO MAN, AND NO BEAST=natures!! NO MAN!! The nature of MAN and the BEAST will not be heard. What will be heard?
Jer. 33:11, “The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice or the bride…” these voices are of the SPIRIT, not MAN! And the voice of those that say, Praise the Lord of hosts: for the Lord is good, for the mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise unto the house of the Lord. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, AS AT THE FIRST, saith the Lord”.
In the Spirit, “land” is our body. Earthen vessels. And it will be returned AS AT THE FIRST.
(we had forgotten that He made ALL things perfect. and it still is, and we must BELIEVE into what He says, for it to manifest.)
Jer. 33:16, “In those days shall Judah be saved and Jerusalem shall dwell safely; and this is the name(nature) wherewith SHE shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
“She“=the soul, the salvation of the soul.
Folks, all these promises of God was made before Jesus died and resurrected as Father, and we resurrected with Him, as the NEW JERUSALEM. NOW, we are knowing who and what we ARE!! And the most important of all – we are BELIEVING HIS PROMISES and JESUS’ FULFILLING THEM; and BELIEVING MUST BE DONE. The manifesting is happening NOW, because we are purifying ourselves (1 John 3:3) – our mind, NOT AS MAN, but as who we truly ARE! The remembrance of who we are is truly coming into place, within us. Thank You, Father.
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