“A City Which Hath Foundations”


"For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."                                                                                                     —Hebrews 11:10


Faith lives in expectation of eternity, looking for that which God has promised. The life of faith is a life of hope, the hope of glory. Abraham sojourned here; but he lived for eternity. "For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." That keeps things in perspective!

      “Heaven hath foundations,” wrote John Trapp, “earth hath none, but is hanged upon nothing, as Job speaketh. Hence things are said to be on earth, but in heaven.”

            The spies who went in to spy out the land with Joshua and Caleb saw nothing but giants in the land. They were terrified by what they saw. Abraham looked not at the giants but at the promise of God and fully expected God to fulfill his promise in spite of the giants. He believed God. He saw the same thing John saw, The New Jerusalem. He walked with it ever before him, seeing it as a City that hath foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God!


Faith’s Expectation

When God the Holy Spirit tells us that Abraham “looked for a city’, he does not mean for us to understand that Abraham was searching for that city, but that he expected it. He fully expected to enter into and take possession of the heavenly Jerusalem as a rightful heir to it. This was not a matter of presumption, but of faith. You see Abraham really did believe God. Do we?

      Has not God promised eternal life and heavenly glory to every sinner who trusts the Lord Jesus Christ? Indeed, he has (John 3:14-16). Does the Lord God not declare that every sinner washed in Christ’s blood and robed in his righteousness is worthy to enter into and take possession of the inheritance of the saints in heaven? He clearly does (Col. 1:12). It is, therefore, most reasonable that we should expect all the fullness of heavenly glory if we trust the Son of God, just as Abraham did.


The City’s Foundations

What are the foundations of that City? We are told that the foundations of the city have inscribed upon them the names of “the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Rev. 21:14). That is to say, the City of God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, is a city built upon that which the twelve apostles of Christ taught, the gospel of God’s free and sovereign grace in him.

      Heaven is a city built upon the foundation of God’s everlasting purpose of grace in Christ (Rom. 8:28-31; Eph. 1:3-14; 2 Tim. 1:9). The foundation of the City is God’s everlasting love for his elect, his eternal covenant of grace, his sovereign election, his absolute predestination, his unalterable Word, the precious blood of Christ, and his almighty, free grace. In a word, the foundations of the City are those foundations of grace and truth in Jesus Christ crucified (Eph. 2:20). Let us ever keep the City in sight! Don’t look at the giants in this dark land, but set your heart on things above (Col. 3:1-5, 15-17).