The Jerusalem above is the heavenly Jerusalem, heaven. It is where our heavenly Father dwells. Jesus is seated at His right and we are seated in Christ. In that, we are spiritually connected with God and His people. The new covenant spiritual connections God has blessed us with under gird our face to face one another relationships in the world wide body of Messiah.
The heavenly Jerusalem is the setting of the new covenant.
The old covenant brought fear, the new covenant brings joy. In the glorious reality of the new covenant heavenly Jerusalem the body of Messiah on earth is joined in a festive gathering. This is a joyous gathering of angels and God’s firstborn people.
This description of the city of the living God concludes: “to a judge who is the God of all, to the spirits of righteous people who have been made perfect,to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better message than Abel’s. There we see how we will be before God when we die and our spirit goes to heaven and we see Jesus the mediator of a new covenant.
18You have not come to something that can be touched, to a blazing fire, to darkness, to gloom, 19to a trumpet’s blast, or to a voice that made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them. 20For they could not endure the command that was given: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” 21Indeed, the sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.” 22Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, to the heavenly Jerusalem, to tens of thousands of angels joyfully gathered together, 23to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, to a judge who is the God of all, to the spirits of righteous people who have been made perfect, 24to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better message than Abel’s.
25See to it that you do not ignore the one who is speaking. For if the hearers did not escape when they ignored the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we turn away from the one who is from heaven! 26At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven.” 27The expression “once more” signifies the removal of what can be shaken, that is, what he has made, so that what cannot be shaken may remain. 28Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and worship God in reverence and fear in a way that pleases him. 29For “our God is an all-consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:18-29 ISV
There we see Jesus, the Son of God, is the mediator of a new covenant.
Jesus is is our great high priest who sits upon the throne of grace. We draw near to the throne of grace “with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace for help in time of need.“
14 Having then a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Yeshua, the Son of God, let’s hold tightly to our confession. 15 For we don’t have a high priest who can’t be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. 16 Let’s therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace for help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16
God in Messiah cleansed our conscience to serve the living God, that “they that have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.”
11 But Messiah having come as a high priest of the coming good things, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation, 12 nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify to the cleanness of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without defect to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, since a death has occurred for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, that those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:11-15
The eternal inheritance we will receive is stored up for us in heaven.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who according to his great mercy caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah from the dead, 4 to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn’t fade away, reserved in Heaven for you, 5 who by the power of God are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved in various trials, 7 that the proof of your faith, which is more precious than gold that perishes, even though it is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Yeshua the Messiah— 8 whom, not having known, you love. In him, though now you don’t see him, yet believing, you rejoice greatly with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory, 9 receiving the result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:3-9
Our eternal inheritance, God with us in the holy city, New Jerusalem.
1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, because the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and the sea was gone. 2I also saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.
3I heard a loud voice from the throne say,
- “See, the tent of God is among humans!
- He will make his home with them,
- and they will be his people.
- God himself will be with them,
- and he will be their God.
- 4He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
- There won’t be death anymore.
- There won’t be any grief, crying, or pain,
- because the first things have disappeared.”
5The one sitting on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new!”
He said, “Write this: ‘These words are trustworthy and true.’”
6Then he told me, “It has happened! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will freely give a drink from the spring of the water of life to the one who is thirsty. 7The person who conquers will inherit these things. I will be his God, and he will be my son. 8But people who are cowardly, unfaithful, detestable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars will find themselves in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:1-8 ISV cf. Rev 21; Rev 22