New Jerusalem pattern Part 4: Foundations
For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Hebrews 11:10 KJV
The emphasis is on the foundations here. God is the builder of the foundations of The New Jerusalem. But let us look what those foundations were:
And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Revelation 21:14 KJV
The foundations are the 12 apostles of Jesus who laid out before us the faith in Christ and how we can come into covenant with God.
We need to understand that the city is only as strong as it’s foundations.
In Zechariah 4 we see the foundation stone laid and the Word of the Lord coming forth where force, strength, power of human design would not count but all that is built and established by the inspiration of the Spirit; communicated by the anointing of the Spirit, and MANIFEST by the power of the Spirit.
We need to ask ; how are our foundations? Here in the New Jerusalem there were 12. The number 12 is covenantal and governmental. The difference is that this foundational leadership is God appointed and established!
If the foundations of this new city are so important for that which is yet to descend how much more should importance given to the foundations of the Church in this generation.
The apostolic foundation is doctrinal; relational and inspirational.
The modern society in Churches particularly in some branches of the denominations has lifted a experiential and needs based message above the long term discipleship. There seems to be a “superficial” spirit about some expressions of worship and exposition of Biblical texts.
If the early Church based the qualification for apostleship being a witness to Jesus; having met and touching Him, how much more this can be applied today.
I was in an Abbey today for quiet prayer and as I sat seeing the giant stain glass window of Christ I saw the image twist and reshape and began to understand that God was speaking to me that we sometimes distort the “image” of Christ through our teaching and our ministering. Hence the need for new apostleship brought into being via a personal meeting between them and Christ Himself.
Our propensity to swallow so readily false doctrine is our lack of discipleship from apostolic ministry.
A Church; ministry ; minister that has no exposure to true apostolic ministry will grow deficient and prone to error.
The dimension of our comprehension will be superficial.
To be a citizen of the New Jerusalem and to comprehend its pattern we must open our hearts to the same apostolic living than that of the early Church and believing that the same pioneer spirit deliver us from some modernism that plagues many and deceives many.
A Happy Christmas.