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“A deeper lineage than our genes” by Sinclair Ferguson

“What are our privileges? They are truly amazing:

“For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest… But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering” (Heb. 12:18, 22, ESV).

In the days of promises and shadows, believers came to an assembly convened at a mountain engulfed with a sense of awful judgment. By contrast, in the full blaze of light that has appeared in Christ, we have come to the abiding city of God, angels in festal gathering, the assembly of Christ, and the spirits of departed believers.

Indeed, we have come to God Himself, not with Moses, but to Jesus. We have received the new covenant in His shed blood.

This is the assembly in which we gather for worship to hear the voice of Christ in His Word, to lift our voices under His choral direction in praise, to share His trust in His Father, and to gather around Him as His brothers and sisters (cf. Heb. 2:10–13).

Consequently, this is also our family—composed of the redeemed from among all mankind and the elect among the angelic host. This is the kingdom in which our names are enrolled as citizens (12:23).

It is a kingdom, unlike all the kingdoms and empires of this world, that can- not be shaken (12:27–28). What riches are ours in these three dimensions of the life of grace!

An assembly, a family, a kingdom! And they are already ours in Christ! Here and now our lives are punctuated by special visiting rights to heaven’s glory as we assemble with our fellow believers.

We are brothers and sisters together—for Christ’s blood creates a deeper lineage than our genes. Thus, we have the full rights of family members and citizens in the city of God. No wonder we should be grateful (12:28)!”

–Sinclair Ferguson, In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel Centered Life (Orlando: Reformation Trust, 2007), 156-157.

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“Christ’s blood cried ‘Mercy!'” by Charles H. Spurgeon

“Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God, hangs upon a tree. He is murdered—murdered by His own brethren. ‘He came unto His own, and His own received Him not, but His own led Him out to death.’

He bleeds, He dies, and then is heard a cry in heaven. The astonished angels again start from their seats, and they say, ‘What is this? What is this cry that we hear?’

And the Mighty Maker answers yet again, ‘It is the cry of blood. It is the cry of the blood of My only-begotten and beloved Son!’ And God the Father, uprising from His throne, looks down from heaven and listens to the cry.

And what is the cry? It is not revenge. It is not vengeance. But the voice crieth, ‘Mercy! Mercy! Mercy!’ Did you not hear it? It said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ It said, ‘It is finished.’

Herein, the blood of Christ ‘speaketh better things than that of Abel,’ for Abel’s blood said, ‘Revenge!’ and made the sword of God start from its scabbard. But Christ’s blood cried ‘Mercy!’ and sent the sword back again and bade it sleep forever.”

–Charles H. Spurgeon, “The Voice of the Blood of Christ,” as cited on http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0211.htm, (accessed February 7, 2010).

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“You have come to Mount Zion” by John Bunyan

“The pilgrims spoke about the glory of the place with the Shining Ones, who replied that the beauty and glory of it was inexpressible. Then they said it was ‘Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the innumerable company of angels, and the spirits of just men made perfect.’

‘You are going now,’ they said, ‘to the Paradise of God, wherein you shall see the tree of life and eat of its never-fading fruits. When you come there, you shall have white robes given to you, and you shall walk and talk every day with the King, even all the days of eternity.

There you shall not see again such things as you saw when you were in the lower region upon the earth. You shall not see sorrow, sickness, affliction, and death, ‘for the former things are passed away.’

You are now going to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and to the prophets, men whom God has taken away from the evil to come and who are now resting upon their beds, each one walking in his righteousness.’

Christian and Hopeful asked, ‘What must we do in the holy place?’

The Shining Ones answered, ‘You must receive the comforts of all your toil and have joy for all your sorrow; you must reap what you have sown, even the fruit of all your prayers, tears, and sufferings in your journey for the King.

In that place you must wear crowns of gold and enjoy the perpetual sight and vision of the Holy One, for ‘there you shall see Him as He is.’

There also you shall serve Him continually with praise, shouting, and thanksgiving, Him whom you desired to serve in the world, though with much difficulty, because of the infirmity of your flesh.

There your eyes shall  be delighted with seeing, and your ears with hearing the pleasant voice of the Mighty One. There you shall enjoy your friends again, those who have gone before you, and there you shall with joy receive all those who follow you to this holy place.'”

–John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress: From This World to That Which is to Come, Ed. C.J. Lovik (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1678/2009), 217-218.

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