We have come to Mount Zion

HeavensWhere is heaven? And when do we get there?

The very first thing Jesus announced when He started His ministry was that the kingdom of God was now within reach of men (Mark 1:15). He said this because He brought heaven with Him.

Jesus lived in both dimensions–both in heaven and earth at the same time. (Bold-type added)

“No one has ascended to heaven
but He who came down from heaven, that is,
the Son of Man who is in heaven.” (John 3:13 NKJV)

Paul also tells us that we are seated in heavenly places in Christ right now.

“And God raised us up with Christ
and seated us with him
in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” (Eph.2:6 NIV)

But up until a few years ago, I was like most Christians I knew. I didn’t live like I was seated there at all. I was still waiting for something else.

Here’s the remarkable thing. Most Christians do believe that Jesus brought the Kingdom with Him. The problem is, they also seem to think He took it back with Him when He left! Jesus was here 2,000 years ago, now He’s gone. The Kingdom was here, now it’s gone with Jesus. So now we’re waiting for the Kingdom to return when He returns.

But this isn’t how Paul saw it. Notice his perspective here…

“For our citizenship is in heaven,
from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior,
the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil.3:20 NKJV)

So…where is heaven? And where are we now? And where are we waiting from?

To wait for heaven when we die misses the ultimate reason Jesus came in the first place. He came so we could always be with Him and His Father in heavenly places. Certainly, heaven will come in greater fullness with the physical return of Christ. But when He left, Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to bring the Kingdom of heaven to the earth like He did.

Beloved, you are heaven touching earth. Do you understand that?

So Heaven Shift is about this change in perspective. In other words, it’s about changing our traditional perspective of living from earth to heaven, to now seeing ourselves living from heaven to earth.

We are “spiritual beings” (1 Cor.15:46-49), which means, our life has a heaven-born source. And while heaven is our home, we’re on the earth, living from there NOW.

We have already come to the heavenly Jerusalem, to Mount Zion. Notice the tenses of the following verse (bold-type added).

“But you have come to Mount Zion,
to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.
You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels
in joyful assembly” (Heb.12:22 NIV)

It doesn’t say that we will come to Mt. Zion when we die. Surely, we have come. Our new orientation is from this heavenly place–seeing things from heaven to earth, not the other way around.

NOTE: Excerpts and adaptation from my upcoming book, Sonshift. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.

Mount Zion
By Jonathan David Helser
© 2012 Bethel Music Publishing

We have come to Mount Zion
City of the Living God
Heavenly Jerusalem
By His blood, we have come

Thousands of angels dance around His throne
Thousands more sing out new songs
And elders throw their crowns down
As all of heaven sings out

Worthy is the One
Lamb who has overcome
Resurrection love
He raised us up again
Worthy is the One
Lamb who has overcome
He has conquered death
And I will follow Him

Oh oh oh…

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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 36 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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4 Responses to We have come to Mount Zion

  1. So good, Mel!!! We live in dual realities… from heaven to earth. Everything changes when our perspective changes. When this revelation spreads like a forest fire, the earth will rock and reel from the life of God flowing fresh and powerful through His saints.

    “Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Eph 1:3
    (“Every spiritual blessing” is experienced as we learn to live in the heavenly realms)

    “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” – Col 3:1
    (“Have been raised”… past tense. So, now think like a citizen of heaven. This is our new reality. Earth based thinking is not acceptable anymore)

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen. This heaven-to-earth perspective changes everything–how we relate to God and to one another. I think that’s why Paul had to reprimand the Corinthians for their earthbound thinking. They were acting like “mere humans” instead of who they really were in Christ (1 Cor.3:3). We’re to no longer regard each other according to the flesh (2 Cor.5:16). Thanks for your insights, as always. 🙂 Blessings.

  2. nancyteague says:

    Great points Mel.
    Also seems that most believers forget there will be a new heaven and a new earth. That should change our perspective on things, even if our little minds can’t get it or even imagine such ‘new’. Good to know we will not be sitting on clouds ‘up there’. 🙂 Wouldn’t it be something to see others through that newness?!

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen! No harps on clouds! And, yes, it is hard to understand these heavenly things with our finite minds. That’s why we need to start with faith, believing what God says before we see it. Then He will give us revelation. And when our perspective is finally shifted to where we see things from heaven to earth, we will everyone else very differently too! Newness is right! (2 Cor.5:16-17).
      Thanks for your comments, Nancy. Blessings.

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