1 ¶ “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.
2 “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
3 “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
The realm of Zion is our Father’s house. The following is an excerpt from a message by Henry Dubose.
“Let’s look at the word “house” in verse two. There are two Greek words that are translated “house.” One is oikia, which is the Greek word used here for “house.” It means “a dwelling.” “In My Father’s house,” or “In My Father’s dwelling are many abodes.” The other Greek word is oikos, and it means the entire estate. An estate could cover hundreds of acres. The dwelling is the house on the estate. So the Greek word used here in verse two is indicating the dwelling, not the whole estate. Spiritually speaking, the Lord owns the entire estate, but the house on the estate is His unique dwelling place.
“The Kingdom, as we noticed in the parables, has a mixture of good and bad. That is the entire estate, but the house on the estate is His special dwelling place. It is similar to the tabernacle. There was the outer court where anyone could come. Then there was the Holy Place where the priests ministered. Next was the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant was situated. Above the Ark was the mercy seat where the Shekinah Glory was manifested. This was the unique dwelling place of God. For that day, it was His house.
“Naturally speaking, in a kingdom you have a king, the king’s family, and the ruling classes such as the dukes, earls, etc. Then there are the various social classes: lawyers, doctors, bankers, craftsmen and peons. And, of course, every kingdom has its highwaymen and crooks, the bad guys. Everybody in the kingdom is not subject to the king. Many are doing their own thing, living out their lives with little or no thought of the king and his interests. That is a kingdom in the natural.
“The Kingdom of heaven is quite similar. It is a mixture of good and bad. Every Christian is not subject to the King of kings. Often when the Scriptures speak of the Kingdom it is speaking of the entire estate, as it was in Matthew chapter thirteen. The entire estate of the Kingdom has wheat and tares, and good and bad fish. Other times it is speaking of the dwelling only and not the entire estate. Then it is speaking of the Royal Family, those who rule and reign with the King. They have a relationship with the King. They are involved with Him in His Kingdom. And, of course, the time comes when the tares are pulled up and burned, and the bad fish are thrown out. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father (Matthew 13:43.”
The above excerpt gives us an excellent picture of Christianity and the realm of Zion. Christianity is like an orphanage. Orphans are those without fathers or mothers. Now, I know those are fighting words. Many Christians will rise up in indignation claiming God as their father. But consider the following passages from Heb. 12.
5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
It is the chastening of the Lord upon our spirits that brings us into our Father’s house. It is the cross that brings us into Zion. In the realm of Zion the Father’s family functions. The defining characteristic of Zion is a holy lineage flowing from the Father Himself. We are not taught or preached into Zion, we are fathered. Psalm 87 is one I quote often.
1 ¶ A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song. His foundation is in the holy mountains.
2 The LORD loves the gates of Zion More than all the other dwelling places of Jacob.
3 Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. Selah.
4 ¶ “I shall mention Rahab and Babylon among those who know Me; Behold, Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia: ‘This one was born there.’”
5 But of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”; And the Most High Himself will establish her.
6 The LORD will count when He registers the peoples, “This one was born there.” Selah.
7 Then those who sing as well as those who play the flutes shall say, “All my springs of joy are in you.”
Of all the dwelling places in God, it is Zion that is dearest to His heart. Verse six reiterates we are born into Zion. This is not the “born again experience” preached in Christianity. We enter Zion because we are fathered into her. Notice how verse two says the Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwelling places of Jacob. The word “gate” is significant. As we begin to walk in the realm of Zion, we are to become gates of entrance to others. This is the spirit of fathering that comes forth. This is not the traditional “fathering” preached in certain segments of Christianity. It is becoming a channel of the Father Himself to open the door of sonship to others.
In Zion we find everything is encircled with Family. Zion is the Father’s family. When we enter Zion we find we gain an awareness of all the saints of God who have made the pilgrimage into Zion ahead of us. It is a collective experience. We learn to walk with such a brokenness before God with hearts made tender by His chastening in our lives. But always we walk with an awareness of being part of a bigger whole. We don’t lose out on an individual walk with God in Zion, but rather our walk is enhanced by our awareness that we are sharing in the life of THE SON being manifested in many sons.
No one will enter into sonship as an individual. In spite of certain teaching that places an emphasis on an individual attaining something for himself in God, it will never be manifested that way. We are to lose our lives that we might find them on a higher level (Mark 8:34-35). We don’t recognize the arrogance in emphasizing “our” relationship with God. We don’t easily recognize the input of the soul life into such emphasis. When Jesus said that whoever loses his life for His sake shall find it, the Greek word for life is psuche, from which we get the word “soul.” Unless we lose the soulish mindset of “me and mine,” we remain as orphans, or, as the writer of Hebrews said, illegitimate sons.
Our hearts should ache to walk in our Father’s house. We should seek that realm as a merchant seeking fine pearls . Psalm 87 ends with this declaration concerning Zion, “All my springs of joy are in you.”