THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
New Jerusalem #30.
Vision of One New Man
December 31, 2009
With this thirtieth issue on New Jerusalem, it is time to bring this series to a close for 2009. However,
this does not mean that I am done with this great subject. Lord willing, I will have more to say about it
as I am given more light.
Now, I want to conclude with a vision of New Jerusalem that I was given by the spirit of God in 1992. I
have reported on this previously, but it seems the most appropriate way to sum up the thread that has
run through this series.
Prior to 1992, I had been studying New Jerusalem, but I must confess that my understanding was quite
shaky. I had a real heart-yearning to see as John saw, but I kept coming up short in the vision
department. I sought the Lord to see more clearly. Then, one day, I was reading a book by a well-known
commentator of Scripture, F.B. Meyer, and I was caught by the following quote from one of his books.
“Around us the most stable structures are being tested and some are crumbling to
the ground. As they fall, they show that their service was transient. But as the
scaffolding is taken down, the true building, the city of God emerges.”
If there were ever a word for our day, this is it. All around us we see the structures of men, especially of
Mystery Babylon, falling to the ground. So much of what men and, even, the church-at-large hold to is
transient. That which can be shaken is being and will be shaken; even if men manage to prop it up for a
season, it is still transient.
Don’t be misled by the things you see going on in the world, even that which appears to be good. Even
good things can and will be shaken if they are not of the Lord. I state this as a reminder that the smart
minds that run Mystery Babylon are quite capable of keeping things intact or, at least, making them
look intact, even if they are built on sand or the building is a house of cards. We need spiritual
discernment in these days of shaking, as well as in these days of great deception.
Let us be like the wise man who built his house on the rock, the word of the Rock of Christ.
(24) Every one therefore that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them, shall be
likened unto a wise man, who built his house upon the rock: (25) and the rain descended,
and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and if fell not: for it
was founded upon the rock. (26) And every one that heareth these words of mine, and
doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand:
(27) and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and smote upon
that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof. (Matthew 7:24-27 ASV)
Well, when I first read the quote from F.B. Meyer, the full impact of what he wrote did not come to me
until some time later.
One Sunday during worship, I began to see more of the heart of God in relation to this quote. As I was
meditating, I imagined (not a vision, just “picture thoughts” in my mind) God working on the scaffold of
this huge structure. It was like a typical building project we observe here on earth. If we visit a building
project, what is often seen is a mess with debris all over the place; scraps of wood, concrete, wire, etc. It
is usually not a pretty sight. In fact, a building project can be quite messy. We look at it and wonder how
anything of any beauty or utility will emerge from such a mess. Oftentimes, we cannot even imagine
what the final structure will look like.
In meditating on this subject, I pictured a scaffold in my mind with God building from it. God was also
the architect of this structure, and He was like the painter looking at the scene He wanted to paint. God
had in full view the end product of this building project, and He was diligently working. As He was
working, it was like most building projects; debris was falling onto the ground—building materials that
were of no use to the final product. Parts that were of no value, that would not become part of the
building, were thrown down onto the ground. It looked like a big mess to an observer. Some parts were
given a prominent place in the building; others were given less prominent, but functional, places. At
times, men would try to help in the project but would not really be working with God.
My imagination went a little further to picture the structure also going through wind, rain, and even
earthquakes. Through these tumults, other things would fall off the building to the ground, things that
men attempted to put into the building; and so it continued to be a messy project. However, through it
all, God kept working, building, until one day, He was done. The scaffold was removed, and there
emerged the finished product. What God had in His mind to build was finally completed.
But what happened next shocked me. In my mind, I was going to imagine a city, but the spirit of God
had something else in mind for me. As I was trying to picture a literal city, I was given a vision.
In spirit, I saw the silhouette of a Man standing with His arms outstretched. In the same
instant, the spirit of God revealed to me that I was looking at the one new man in Christ,
the new creation in Christ, New Jerusalem.
The Lord was standing as the one new man. I was given a vision of what the city-bride truly is in the
heart of God. With this vision, all I could do was worship and praise God.
The vision revealed New Jerusalem as a people gathered together into one man conformed to the image
of the Son of God, the many sons brought unto glory (Hebrews 2.10). After all, our lives are hidden
with Christ in God, and when Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be
revealed with Him in glory, for it is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 3:3-4; 1:27).
New Jerusalem is the Father’s answer to His Son’s prayer as He faced the cross.
(22) And the glory which thou hast given me I have given unto them; that they may be
one, even as we are one; (23) I in them, and thou in me, that they may be perfected into
one ; that the world may know that thou didst send me, and lovedst them, even as thou
lovedst me. (John 17:22-23 ASV)
New Jerusalem is the perfection of unity, oneness, and of the love of God.
Dear brethren, if there is one thing that you learned from this series, may it be that you see that New
Jerusalem is about God the Father being fully satisfied in His Son and in a people conformed to the
image of His Son. It is not about a place or a thing; it is about the Son of God and the sons whom He is
bringing to glory.
If you are truly born from above, you are part of the city which God is now building. The building of the
city is going on inside of every child of God that will be placed as a son in the kingdom of God. The Son
of God is being built in you, and you are being built in the Son. And when all is said and done,
collectively, there will be one new man that answers to the heart of God.
This man will reign forever and ever (Revelation 22:5).
The Upward Call: #03-09191
by: Stuart H. Pouliot