Zion is a realm of the kingdom of God that is pure and free of Adamic defilement. The realm of Zion embraces the true body of Christ. This is distinguished from what parades as the body of Christ in the earthly realm. Naming the name of Christ does not translate into a functioning member of Christ’s body. To the contrary, 1st Cor. 12 tells us that we enter into this realm at God’s discretion. “But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.” This corresponds with 2nd Tim. 2.
19 ¶ Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”
20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor.
21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.
The kingdom of God is a large house as described above. There are vessels of honor and dishonor within the house. The vessels of honor express Christ’s own nature. They are typified by gold and silver. The vessels of dishonor have the Adamic nature mixed in, and are aptly described by Paul as vessels of wood and earthenware, which express the earthly realm. There is a necessary cleansing to move into the realm of honor. Jesus Himself said that in His Father’s house are many dwelling places. We can settle on many different levels in God, but it is Christ’s desire that we be on the same level, in the same realm, as Himself (John 14).
We see this imagery of a pure realm in God expressed in many different passages of Scripture. Let’s read first from Heb. 12.
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels,
23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.
Verse 22 begins with “you have come to.” Everything that follows that statement is describing a realm of abiding in God. It is a specific realm reserved for those who have left the defiling realm of soulish religion, and entered into the work of the cross in a way that separates soul and spirit (Heb. 4:12). Verse 23 references the “spirits of the righteous made perfect.” This statement is very mystical but that should not keep us from getting a practical understanding of what it means. Perfection is not a “goal” to be achieved. Perfection is not a static destination at which we arrive. Like God, perfection is a state of being, which is always expanding. Perfection must be defined from God’s point of view, not the world’s. Perfection is, quite simply, that which exists without flaw or defilement. In reference to the kingdom of God, perfection is a realm devoid of Adam’s influence. Our spirits our made perfect in the sense that we begin to feed and function from a realm that is pure. The perfection of our spirits grows in respect to our expanding salvation. Just as our salvation is expandable, so is the perfection of our spirits. Perfection begins as we enter the realm of Zion as Heb. 12 states. Once we begin to feed from this realm our spirits become free from Adamic contamination.
1 ¶ The wilderness and the desert will be glad, And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom; Like the crocus
2 It will blossom profusely And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, The majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the glory of the LORD, The majesty of our God.
3 Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.
4 Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you.”
5 ¶ Then the eyes of the blind will be opened And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
6 Then the lame will leap like a deer, And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness And streams in the Arabah.
7 The scorched land will become a pool And the thirsty ground springs of water; In the haunt of jackals, its resting place, Grass becomes reeds and rushes.
8 A HIGHWAY WILL BE THERE, a roadway, And it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, But it will be for him who walks that way, And fools will not wander on it.
9 No lion will be there, Nor will any vicious beast go up on it; These will not be found there. But the redeemed will walk there,
10 And the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Verses 8-10 are the ones we want to focus on. These passages express in different words the same realm as Heb. 12. There is a “highway of holiness” in which the unclean will not travel on. The unclean is always the Adamic nature. This highway will be for those who “walk that way.” What does “walk that way” mean? This term is expressing those who enter into a relationship with God in the realm of spirit. Remember, nothing of Adamic defilement exists in this particular realm of the Father’s house, which is Zion. No lion will go there, nor will any vicious beast go up on it. These are but metaphors for the defilement of the Adamic nature realm. It is akin to the passage “They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain (Isa. 11).” It’s important to understand we are describing a very specific realm we enter into with our relationship with God. This realm is not a metaphor, nor is it symbolic. Notice verse 10. It references coming to Zion with everlasting joy upon our heads. Can we connect the dots? The previous verses concerning a highway of holiness are synonymous the realm of Zion.
Let’s go now to the book of Revelation. In the following passages we will see the imagery once again of a realm that is exclusive and restricted.
9 ¶ Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.
One of the seven angels spoke to John saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” But then immediately John is carried away IN THE SPIRIT and shown the holy city Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. The “city” is then described in great detail. All of its description is symbolic of spirit realm realities. The Bride, the “city,” the heavenly Jerusalem, Zion; all these terms are interchangeable and are expressing a pure realm in God.
24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.
25 In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed;
26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it;
27 AND NOTHING UNCLEAN, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Once again we see this particular realm of God restricted from any influence of the Adamic realm. Nothing unclean will ever enter the city.
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.
15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.
OUTSIDE the city are the dogs and the sorcerers, etc. In the Scriptures dogs are not viewed very favorably. They are indicative of the religious unclean and are listed first in the “who’s who” of abomination.
The following are some of my favorite passages of Scripture.
4 “In those days and at that time,” declares the LORD, “the sons of Israel will come, both they and the sons of Judah as well; they will go along weeping as they go, and it will be the LORD their God they will seek.
5 “They will ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces in its direction; they will come that they may join themselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.
The day comes when all of God’s people will ask for the way to Zion. They will turn their heads in its direction. Right now we are in a time of transition. The transition from soul to spirit is a great one. As we learn to embrace the cross, and allow the separation of soul and spirit to take place in us, we too will begin to ascend into Zion. The cross is our access into this particular realm of our Father’s house that all of our passages of Scripture have described.