Read Hebrews 10.
We said, I. OUR SIN HAS BEEN FORGIVEN FOREVER. II. IT IS FOREVER SETTLED.
III. IT OPENS THE WAY TO GOD – 10:19-39
A. Explanation (19-21).
He reviews the blessings that the believer has because of Christ’s once-for-all death. Because we have a perfect standing in Christ, we can have boldness (literally “freedom of speech”) to come into His presence! No veil stands between us and God.
The tabernacle veil symbolized Christ’s human body, for it covered the glory of God (1:14). When His body was offered, the veil was torn. We have a new way, because it is based on the new covenant; and a living way, because we have a living high priest (7:25). The house of God (the church) has a great high priest in glory!
B. Invitation (22-25).
There are three “Let us”statements (see 6:1 also):
(1) “Let us draw near” instead of drifting away;
(2) “Let us hold fast”our confession, our testimony of faith (or hope), not wavering because of trials.
(3) “Let us consider”other believers and, by our example, encourage them to be true to Christ.
If we provoke each other, it should be unto Love (see 1 Corinthians 13:5)! The boldness we have in heaven ought to lead to spiritual growth and dedication on earth. It seems that these believers, because of trials, were neglecting Christian fellowship and the mutual encouragement that believers need from each other.
Since Christ is our High priest, and we are a kingdom of priests (I Pt. 2:9), we ought to assemble together for common worship, teaching, and service. Going to church is important!
The OT Jew could not enter the tabernacle, and the high priest could not enter the holy of holies whenever he pleased. But, through Christ’s sacrifice, we have a living way into heaven! We can come to God at any time! Do we take advantage of this privilege?
C. Exhortation (26-39).
This is the fourth of the five exhortations. It warns against willful sin. Please remember that this exhortation is to believers, not unsaved people; and that it follows the previous three exhortations.
TO BE CONTINUED MONDAY!