1591.) Hebrews 10:19-38


Hebrews 10:19-38   (NIV)

A Call to Persevere

19Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (Amplified Bible)

For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes

in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God.

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BOLDNESS TO ENTER GOD’S PRESENCE
by David Wilkerson

“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil…. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith”  –(Hebrews 10:19-20, 22).

There are two sides to Christ’s work at Calvary.  One side is to the benefit of man, and the other side is to the benefit of God.  One benefits the sinner,  while the other benefits the Father.

We are well acquainted with the benefit on the human side.  The cross of Christ has provided us with forgiveness of our sins.  We are given the power of victory over all bondages and dominion over sin.  We are supplied with mercy and grace.  And, of course, we are given the promise of eternal life.  The cross has given us the means of escape from the terrors of sin and hell.

I thank God for this benefit of the cross to mankind, and for the wonderful relief it brings.  I rejoice that it is preached week after week in churches all over the world.

Yet there is another benefit of the cross, one that we know very little about.  And this one is to the benefit of the Father. You see, we understand very little about the delight of the Father that was made possible by the cross.  It’s a delight that comes to him whenever he receives a prodigal child into his house.

If all we focus on about the cross is forgiveness—if that is the end-all of our preaching—then we miss an important truth that God has meant for us about the cross.  There is a fuller understanding to be had here, and it has to do with his delight.  This truth provides God’s people with much more than just relief.  It brings liberty, rest, peace and joy.

In my opinion, most Christians have learned to come boldly before God for forgiveness, for supply of needs, for answers to prayer.  But they lack boldness in this aspect of faith—an aspect that is just as crucial in their walk with the Lord.

The Lord has great joy that the cross has provided us with open access to himself.  Indeed, the most glorious moment in history was when the temple veil was rent in two, on the day that Christ died.  It was at this very moment that the benefit to God burst forth. In the instant that the temple veil—separating man from God’s holy presence—was torn asunder, something incredible happened.  From that point on, not only was man able to enter into the Lord’s presence, but God could come out to man.

24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Heb10 Viceroy-Butterfly

Reflections on encouragement:

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
~Richard Bach

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.
~Ivy Baker Priest

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.
~Henry David Thoreau

Risk more than others think is safe.
Care more than others think is wise.
Dream more than others think is practical.
Expect more than others think is possible.
~Claude Bissell

When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch.  When he arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord.
~Acts 11:22-23  (NLT)

26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. 33Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had BETTER and lasting possessions.

35So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

37For in just a very little while,

“He who is coming will come and will not delay.
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But my righteous one will live by faith.

Habakkuk 2:4 (NKJV)

But the just shall live by his faith.

As a monk, Luther had become deeply aware of his sin and knew that he fell short of the standards set by God’s law.  The words of Habakkuk 2:4 struck Luther as the key to his problem, but it was some time before he grasped that his sins were forgiven by faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ, apart from any works of his own.  Luther’s son wrote:

“As he repeated his prayers on the Lateran staircase, the words of the prophet Habakkuk came suddenly to his mind: ‘The just shall live by faith.’  Thereupon he ceased his prayers, returned to Wittenberg, and took this as the chief foundation of all his doctrine… .  Luther himself said of this text, ‘Before those words broke upon my mind I hated God and was angry with him because not content with frightening us sinners by the law and by the miseries of life, he still further increased our torture by the gospel.  But when, by the Spirit of God, I understood those words – “The just shall live by faith!” “The just shall live by faith!” – then I felt born again like a new man; I entered through the open doors into the very Paradise of God.'”

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Music:

Rich Mullins (he of “Awesome God” fame) wrote and sings “The Just Shall Live.”  I love this song.  HERE.

I know the just shall live
I know the just shall live
I know the just shall live
By faith

‘Cause You won’t let Your Holy One
No, You won’t let Your Holy One
You won’t let Your Holy One
See corruption in the grave

Because He put His trust in You
Because He put His trust in You
Because He put His trust in You
Many shall be saved

And I know that You will raise them up
I know that You will raise them up
I know that You will raise them up
On the last day

For the Lord looks down on the sons of men
To hear the cries of the innocent
And the guilty will not stand
For the day of reckoning soon will come
And the whole world will see justice done
By the Lord’s almighty hand

So I’m telling you the just shall live
I know the just shall live
I know the just shall live
By faith

And You will raise them up
I know that You will raise them up
That You will raise them up
On the last day

And the prayers stand where the fighters fell
And time testifies with the tale that it tells
That the meek shall inherit the earth
And the Church advances on the gates of hell
And she clings to a light that will not be quelled
By the kingdoms of this world

I’m telling you the just shall live
I know the just shall live
I know the just shall live
By faith

And You will raise them up
I know that You will raise them up
You will raise them up
On the last day

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And if he shrinks back,
I will not be pleased with him.”

39But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.

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New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Images courtesy of:
clouds and verse 23.    http://wallpaper4god.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Free-Wallpaper-Christian-Chirstmas-Hebrews-10-23.jpg
yes.     http://think.faesthetic.com/wp-content/uploads/yes2.jpg
the veil is torn.    http://oneyearbibleimages.com/veil_.jpg
butterfly.   http://oddiant.poatemisepare.ro/wp-content/uploads/Viceroy-Butterfly-Limenitis-archippus.jpg
fog and verses 35-36.    http://www.4catholiceducators.com/graphics/Hebrews10_35-35.jpg
Martin Luther.    http://godwordistruth.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/martin_luther.jpg
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