“Ye Are Come to Zion” by T. Austin-Sparks

The key phrase to our meditation at this time is in the twelfth chapter of the letter to the Hebrews, and at verse 22: “But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels, 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 just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaketh better than that of Abel”.

It is only the first clause of that sentence which is taken as covering what we have to say. Although perhaps later we shall proceed to other parts of the whole statement, the words are: “Ye are come”, and for some of the time in which we are together, I believe it is the Lord’s will that we shall be occupied with the heritage of faith.

It is understood by all who have read and considered this document called “the letter to the Hebrews”, that it is a most momentous document in the history of God’s counsels for it sees the taking up of all that is in the Old Testament (especially as to Israel) and finding its full and final meaning in Christ and in His Church. The letter (or document) covers a great deal of ground. It covers the three great sections of the Old Testament: from Genesis to Exodus – forming the first great section of the Bible; from Exodus to the end of the bock of Judges – a second great section, and from the book of Judges to the end of the Old Testament at Malachi. All those sections are taken up and are covered by this comparatively short document. And all that is found in each one of them and in all of them together, is shown to be gathered into, fulfilled, consummated, in the Person and work of Christ and transmitted to His Church. So that in Christ and by Christ we have this immense heritage – we inherit all. There could hardly be a fuller and greater content in so small a fragment of only three words: “Ye are come”.

This letter (I prefer to call it a document because such it is in very truth, a document for the Church’s inheritance containing the heritage of believers in this dispensation) this document sets us on the Divine road with God – God from eternity on the move; moving forward in purpose. Then it gives us a caravan of travellers on that road: Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Melchizedek, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Barak, Samuel, David – the priests, the kings, the prophets – they’re all here in the caravan on the road of God.