Prayer and Spirituality: Christianity
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"For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect." HEB 12:18-23. After a life of persecution weaned him from the flesh, the Apostle Paul said in GAL 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." To come unto Mount Sion is to come unto Him who can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. We come with the bleeding wounds in our hearts of all the places that we have been slaughtered in the flesh, and we come to the One who understands because He was there. If we are crucified with Christ in the flesh, then we will live in Christ. Our eyes will be lifted unto the Lord Jesus Christ as our example. We will see how He went before us, and we can follow in His footsteps and live by His faith. When we see His example, our faith is fixed upon the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ. When our flesh is crucified, we begin to understand what it is to come unto mount Sion and live by the faith of the Son of God! The Lord brings these trials into our lives. The Lord Jesus said He came not to send peace but a sword, for crucifying our flesh and moving our eyes off from self and off from the things of this world and on to our blessed Redeemer. It says in ROM 6:6, "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." That is the gospel. If our flesh is not crucified, we are strangers of the gospel. The Lord is jealous of our hearts. He does not want our hearts set on the entertainments of this world or on all the things that please our flesh. He wants us to stop committing spiritual adultery. He cuts off our lovers with the sword and crucifies that old man of sin. After He has cut off all the things of the flesh, He makes our bleeding hearts fit to be grafted into a bleeding, dying Saviour. The old man is crucified with Him, "that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." As the Lord crucifies that old man of sin, He weans our hearts from the social religion of the world and brings us, as our text says, into heavenly places in Christ Jesus. HEB 12:22 says, "But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God." Our hearts no longer go out after the things of this world but our hearts go out unto the Lord. The Lord Jesus Christ becomes the altogether lovely, the chief among ten thousand. Then he brings us into "the heavenly Jerusalem," the place of Christian liberty, free from the power of sin and the bondage of Mount Sinai. Our hearts must be delivered from the power of sin, because that is the bondage of Mount Sinai. Then we come into a heavenly society, "and to an innumerable company of angels." We have fellowship with those whose hearts and spirits witness with our spirits. We can share how the Lord has crucified the flesh. We can fellowship in the sufferings of Christ, how we have picked up our crosses, and followed Him. We can come together in heavenly places and tell what the Lord has done for our souls. When we live by the faith of Jesus Christ, we come into communion with the church universal, wherever they may be dispersed. It does not matter where they are or who they are. You can talk with a man you have never met before, but you instantly have communion when you hear him speak of those things that you are not a stranger to. When he tells you how the Lord has crucified his flesh and cut off all the things of sin and brought his heart into the marriage union with the Lord Jesus Christ, then you have communion. This is not the multitude, but those single ones here and there who are dispersed throughout the earth. HEB 12:23-24 says, "To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel."
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