Therefore, since…let us

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19 THEREFORE, brothers and sisters, SINCE we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, 21 and SINCE we have a Great Priest over the house of God, 22 LET US DRAW NEAR TO GOD with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

THEREFORE, brothers and sisters,

SINCE…

LET US DRAW NEAR TO GOD…

  • Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
  • Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. 7:25
  • Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 11:6

Come to Jesus, come the Great High Priest, to the throne of the Living God, the Lamb who was slain BUT is alive, the grave could not hold Him and you will find His grace is sufficient for your every need.

Draw near- love Him, fellowship with Him, worship Him, intimate relations, hunger and thirst for Him, cast your cares on Him- draw near with a sincere heart.

Note this is not an invitation to come to church, nor is it an invitation for intellectual assent, nor is it an invitation to empty works…this is an invitation to bring our hearts in to the very presence of God and commune with Him. The blood of the Lamb, Jesus the Christ gives us access to into His Presence,For through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father (Ephesians 2:18).” And what a blessed presence it is,You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11).

These verses invite all you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior to draw near with a sincere heart, not flippant, nor half-hearted. Draw near without doubt and with full assurance, confidence, and boldness for the blood of Jesus has completely paid your sin debt, removed your quilt, granted justification, imputed righteousness, reconciled you to the Father and has the power to silence your accusing conscience. Draw near and cast down every lie of the enemy by the Word of God for you have been washed by the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb. You are a new creature in Christ.

 

Hebrews 4.16b

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Your will, O God

Hebrews 10.7

Consequently, when Christ came into the world, He said,
“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body have you prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings You have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God,
as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’” Hebrews 10:5-7

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!

I have come to do Your will, O God.”

Your will, O God!
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10

Your will, O God!

“even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28

Your will, O God!
She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

Your will, O God!
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19

Your will, O God!
“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 4:18-19

Your will, O God!
Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush Him; He has put Him to grief; when His soul makes an offering for guilt, He shall see His offspring; He shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. Isaiah 53:10

Your will, O God!
But He was pierced for our transgressions;

    He was crushed for our iniquities;
upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:10

Hebrews 10.10

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Hebrews 10

Hebrews 10.14a

For by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Hebrews 10:14

Blessings today! We have made to Hebrews 10 as we look for treasure nuggets from God Himself! Enjoy the glorious sweetness of The Word today and we will begin taking hold of  small pieces on tomorrow. Bless you and thanks for walking this journey with me as we behold Him, Jesus the Christ!

10 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
    but a body you prepared for me;
with burnt offerings and sin offerings
    you were not pleased.
Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
    I have come to do your will, my God.’”

First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
    after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds.”

17 Then he adds:

“Their sins and lawless acts
    I will remember no more.”

18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

A Call to Persevere in Faith

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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

32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For,

“In just a little while,
    he who is coming will come
    and will not delay.”

38 And,

“But my righteous one will live by faith.
    And I take no pleasure
    in the one who shrinks back.”

39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

Hebrews 10.14

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Hope for today: wisdom and revelation

Hope15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:15-17

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He will appear a second time!

Hebrews 9.28so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. Hebrews 9:28

“Shout now – Hallelujah!” Waiting for “The Day!” Waiting to see Jesus face to face! Waiting to bow before Him! Waiting to sing Hallelujah with the angels! Waiting to be where there is no sin! Waiting for the former things to be made new! Waiting for the Glory of the Lord to light the City! Waiting to gather with those whose names are listed in the Book of Life!” Waiting…Waiting…Waiting! For what are you waiting? Please leave a comment that will acknowledge the glory of God and bring encouragement to others! 

I am reminded of the hymn, “Oh, I Want to See Him.”

As I journey through the land, singing as I go,
Pointing souls to Calvary—to the crimson flow,
Many arrows pierce my soul from without, within;
But my Lord leads me on, through Him I must win.

Refrain:
Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face,
There to sing forever of His saving grace;
On the streets of glory let me lift my voice,
Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.

When in service for my Lord dark may be the night,
But I’ll cling more close to Him, He will give me light;
Satan’s snares may vex my soul, turn my thoughts aside;
But my Lord goes ahead, leads whate’er betide.

Refrain:
Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face,
There to sing forever of His saving grace;
On the streets of glory let me lift my voice,
Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.

Refrain:
Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face,
There to sing forever of His saving grace;
On the streets of glory let me lift my voice,
Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.

When in valleys low I look toward the mountain height,
And behold my Savior there, leading in the fight,
With a tender hand outstretched toward the valley low,
Guiding me, I can see, as I onward go.

Refrain:
Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face,
There to sing forever of His saving grace;
On the streets of glory let me lift my voice,
Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.

When before me billows rise from the mighty deep,
Then my Lord directs my bark; He doth safely keep,
And He leads me gently on through this world below;
He’s a real Friend to me, oh, I love Him so.

Refrain:
Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face,
There to sing forever of His saving grace;
On the streets of glory let me lift my voice,
Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.

Revelation 21.23

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The other robber

Hebrews 9.27

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. Hebrews 9:27-28

Blessings today! Honor, glory, majesty, and thanksgiving to our God!
As I was reading Hebrews 9 and came to verse 27, it is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment, it rose in my heart that I had shared on this verse before. I looked back to find the post. It was during our Resurrection Celebration and I would like to post it again praying that a heart is drawing closer to our High and Holy Priest and the Lamb of God by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

The Other Robber

SSsssooo Jesus assured the one robber,And He said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise Luke 23:43).” Got it! Shout now, Hallelujah!!!

What about the other robber? Let’s look at his words to Jesus, One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us (Luke 23:39)!” His focus was on the here, the now, on his present situation with no confession of his sin (crime). There is no remorse for his sin. Just a “I don’t like this situation I’m in and if you really are a king, do something about it.”

Jesus came to seek and save the lost and gives every man a choice for eternal life or eternal death.

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:16,36).”

God offers every man a choice. Each of us gets to choose God is or God isn’t. Each of us gets to choose Jesus is the Son of God and Son of Man or Jesus is not.  Each of us is given the right to choose Jesus is Lord and Savior, the Christ or to make another choice.

What God does NOT allow man to do is to choose the consequences of his choice. The consequences are already defined in the Holy Bible, God’s love letter to man. Choose Jesus and receive eternal, abundant life. Any other choice yields the consequence of eternal separation from God, forever.

God has already declared this truth, And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27).”

 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).”

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).”

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).”

But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works (Romans 2:5,6).”

This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might (2 Thessalonians 1:5-9).”

 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).”

There is no neural ground. There is no Jesus plus anything. There is no Jesus plus anybody including self.

“How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will (Hebrews 2:3-4).

Today is the day of salvation! “As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion (Hebrews 3:15).”

“For He says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).”

Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart. No greater invitation has been or ever will extended, ““Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool (Isaiah 1:18).” “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).”

10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on ALL who call on Him. Romans 10:10-12Isaiah 1.18

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Hope for today: Who is, Who was, Who is to come

HopeGrace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.

To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 1:4-6

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Guarantor of a better covenant

Hebrews 7.22

22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.

23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. 28 For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.

Only God can guarantee a better covenant after He sets aside the old covenant. Jesus is able to fulfill the office of High Priest forever because He lives forever. Every priest before Jesus died but our Savior lives forever.

Just look at how the Lord describes Jesus, the Superior High Priest in verse 26: holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens…and because of Who He is, He has no need to repeatedly make an offering for his sin and then the sins of others for Jesus was sinless, separated from sinners. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).”

For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:3-4

The Lord appointed Jesus and took an oath that His appointment is forever. The fact that God took an oath proves the importance of this permanent and unchanging covenant. It has been settled in heaven forever.

When I think about the lack of integrity, relativism, and subjectivity of today, I am comforted to know that Abba, Father is faithful to His Word. We need not have one concern that our High Priest will die or change His mind. God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?“Numbers 23:19

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14

2 Corinthians 5.5

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A Better Hope

Hebrews 7.19

18 For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.
20 And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath, 21 but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever.’”
22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.

Blessings today…another nugget that strengthens me in the journey is right in these verses. Jesus is the Superior One who is Great and greatly to be praised!

The LORD set aside the the old standard and brought in a new one for the law made nothing perfect. The whole sacrificial, ceremonial system is no longer in effect. The old standard revealed and covered sin but it was not perfect. Only Jesus could make purification for man’s sin. The old has gone and the new has come. The LORD has introduced a better hope that allows us to draw near to God.

My, my, my…I…me…what man thinks impossible is possible through Christ. I can come into the presence of the Holy, Righteous, Pure and Perfect God…all by myself. No man has to go before me or come with me. Even as I type, I can hear the Lord calling, Draw near to me [God] and I [He] will draw near to you (James 4:8a). Don’t need to come through anyone but Jesus, the Superior High Priest who endured it all…shed His blood, gave His life, tore the curtain and ushered in a better hope. A hope that does not disappoint (Romans 5:5). “…come boldly to the throne of grace, that you may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).”

The grace and mercy of God who is love…the One who “so” loves that He gave His special and unique Son as the Sacrificial Lamb to take away the sin of the world, to pay our sin debt and intercede on our behalf. Oh, what a wonderful Savior!

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a Great Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:19-23

Oh, what a blessed privilege to come beyond the veil and commune with my Lord and Savior!  But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:4-6

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5

As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:11-13

Hebrews 4.16a

1 Peter 1.3

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Jesus, a Priest forever

Hebrews 7.21

Jesus Compared to Melchizedek

11 Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? 12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. 13 For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.

15 This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is witnessed of him,

“You are a priest forever,
    after the order of Melchizedek.”

18 For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.

20 And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath, 21 but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him:

“The Lord has sworn
    and will not change his mind,
‘You are a priest forever.’”

22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.

23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. 28 For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.  Hebrews 7:11-28

Hebrews 7.25a

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