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.

 

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Forgiven

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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.
Hebrews 10:16-17

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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

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Hebrews 10

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For by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
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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.

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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.

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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: the mystery of godliness

Hope15But if I should be delayed, I have written so that you will know how people ought to act in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. 16 And most certainly, the mystery of godliness is great:He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated in the Spirit,
seen by angels,
preached among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory. 1 Timothy 3:15-16

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How much more will the blood of Jesus

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“But when Christ appeared as a High Priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Hebrews 9:11-14

The writer of Hebrews has shown the the Old Testament pointed to a new and better Covenant found in Jesus Christ. The old had divine purpose but in the all of Old Testament history, this world was headed to the coming of Jesus.

Hebrews 9:11 begins with the Good News, “But when Christ appeared”…that’s a “Shout now – Hallelujah.” Christ appeared, And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).” ““Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel” (which means, God with us) [Matthew 1:23].” Hallelujah! Blessed is the Holy Name of Jesus, the Perfect Lamb of God.

And look, not only did He come to earth but He came for a purpose. He came as High Priest. Remember we discussed before that He came as both our High Priest and our Sacrifice. He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. Jesus’ blood did what no animal blood could ever do…or our own blood for that matter. The blood of Jesus paid the perfect ransom for our eternal redemption.

How much more will the blood of Christ” satisfy the wrath of God than the rituals and dead works of man which can not give spiritual eternal life. The rituals of the Old Covenant do not have the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus. I believe purifying  our conscience from dead works to serve the living God is important because no matter how we perform on the outside or even speak, our conscience will beat on us as it keeps echoing our unworthiness except we experience intimately, by faith, the purifying of our conscience. Our conscience will tell us time and time again that we are guilty and condemn us. Our self indulgence, self exaltation, self pity, and selfishness confirms it.

But O knowing, believing, receiving that gift of Jesus whose blood washes white as snow, will quiet our conscience for God has declared that “there is therefore now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).” A new, Superior High Priest has come and made a Superior sacrifice. He sacrificed Himself, stating “no man takes my life but I lay it down (John 10:18).” Verse 14 describes this effecting work: who through the eternal Spirit (Holy Spirit) offered Himself (Jesus) without blemish to God (the Father). The Trinity at work for our salvation, rescue, deliverance, eternal and abundant life!

HALLELUJAH! THANK YOU, JESUS!

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Hebrews 9

Hebrews 9

Blessings today! God is good to move us along in our journey through the Book of Hebrews. Today is a reading day that will prepare us to find more little nuggets that are more precious than gold. I pray you will enjoy! All glory and honor belong to the Lord, Most High!

Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand and the table with its consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.

When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. 10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order.

The Blood of Christ

11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

16 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” 21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 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 9.26

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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.
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