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Journey Deeper into Hebrews 10: 19-24 Сентябрь 7, 2009

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Mark Brown

 

 

Reading Hebrews 10: 19-24 : ‘And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.’

God has really been working on me to draw near to Him. Not only me, but recently He gave me a vision that God is calling all Christians to draw near to Him, something I have been sharing as I preach.

And this passage gives some really practical advice on how we can draw near to God. It starts with the reality of the new covenant, in Christ dying the old covenant no longer applies! It used to be that only a few select High Priests could come into the presence of God, which was represented by the physical Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was contained within a Tabernacle, an ornate tent construction with various rooms from the outer area to the most inner room where the Ark resided, called the Holy of Holies. (See Exodus chptrs 25 to 31) Nearly all the people we separated from the presence of God, until Jesus came and died on the cross and through this act our sins were forgiven! As Mark 15:37-38 states, ‘ Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.’ As the Hebrews reading notes: ‘By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. ‘

So we have access to the Most Holy Place, we can truly draw near to God, be in His presence, and the reading shares a couple of very practical steps required to draw near to God: the Word says we need ‘sincere hearts fully trusting him’. What is this?

The Greek root word for sincere is ‘alethia’ or truth; so to really draw near to God we need to be totally honest about our sin, no playing or pretending – just straight up honest with God.

The second condition outlined in being able to draw near to God is ‘fully trusting,’ which in the Greek refers to believing, to having faith. So we need to honestly confess our sin and repent, and we also need to completely believe that once we have repented the sin is gone!! Yes, gone.

So Lord I seek to come into your presence, knowing that as I draw closer to you, the more you will be able to work through me. Lord I come before you brutally honest about my sin, and I know that through Jesus my sins are forgiven and I am a new creation!

Praise you God!

God bless ya! Mark Brown — http://www.facebook.com/RevMarkBrown

 

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