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“…we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus…”
October 23, 2011, 1:32 pm
Filed under: Q - Letter to Hebrews

The author to the letter to Hebrews for over ten chapters has described the peerless worth of our Lord Jesus Christ, His supremacy, His centrality, His excellence and greatness over all. Because of what Christ Jesus singularly did for us, on our behalf, He has given us “confidence to enter the holy place.” In the first covenant, to enter the most holy place, there was no such confidence but a fearful judgment. Would God accept the sacrifice or not? For the first covenant was about external regulations and gave no one confidence for anyone to be in the presence of God.

In Christ we have been as Paul says to the Roman ekklesia, “freed from sin.” For “our old self was crucified with Him” and “if we have died with Christ we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over him. For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” “Through the body of Christ” we have been “joined together to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for God.” We are no longer “in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.” To the ekklesia in Colosse, Paul said that “having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead…He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions.” And in fact we have been so joined with Christ in His death and resurrection, that Christ is now “our life.” For we “have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Not only that but in his letter to the ekkleisa in Ephesus Paul says that while we are on this earth, in Christ, we are in the eyes of God, He has “raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places.”

The author in Hebrews now gives us another glimpse of how He sees us in Christ. In the Most Holy Place where Christ by His blood was given on our behalf has made “a new and living way.” This new and living way of life is being together in Him, in the Most Holy Place. Because He has perfectly forgiven us by His blood He now sees us in the Most Holy Place, in Him. He sees us now only being in the Most Holy Place, in Him. In the Most Holy Place, we are drawing near together, huddling together, so to speak, around the ark of God, peering into the ark of God, but not the man made shadow, but Christ Himself! Christ is the atonement cover, who has forgiven us perfectly by His blood. Christ is the covenant, who has given us not a Law but Grace and is “the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.” Christ is the manna, our bread in whom we eat and are satisfied. Christ is “Aaron’s rod which budded,” the only One in whom we have life and bear fruit to God. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

“Since we have a great priest over the house of God,” in the Most Holy Place, as we gather around Him, “let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.” In Christ, because of all that He has done on our behalf, has “sprinkled” our hearts clean “from an evil conscience” and in His life, in whom are Living Waters, we have been “washed with pure water.” Can we not see how clean we are before our Lord? How utterly and perfectly forgiven we are before Him? No offerings are again necessary for sin, Christ’s alone was perfect! We gather together in Him, perfectly forgiven. We do not need to fall to legalism or institutionalism to try and be clean before God, we are clean already by Christ! “Let us hold fast” this “confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Because of being in the Most Holy Place, in Christ, peering into Christ, into His life together, in faith and with hope, because of all He did on our behalf, we love. When we gather together in Him, we “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.” We cannot forsake “our own assembling together,” why would we ever want to, knowing that we live in the Most Holy Place, peering into Christ, seeing more of Christ in each other when we do so? In Him we encourage one another, because we see Him in us, “and all the more, as you see the day drawing near,” the day when He appears “a second time.” How we eagerly await Him with our own eyes!

ark of covenant


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