BOLDNESS TO ENTER BY A NEW AND LIVING WAY.
Jesus has offered His body once for all for our sins. He has sat down at the right hand of the Father because He has finished the work of Redemption.
His offering has perfected those who have trusted Him and they enter with confidence into the very presence of God. Verse 14 says, “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Let’s look at what is involved in this.
I. DRAWING NEAR WITH A TRUE HEART.
A. Having Boldness to enter into the Holy of Holies.
1. By the Blood of Jesus, v. 19, Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.”
2. By a new and living way, v. 20, “By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;” John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
B. Through the Veil of His Flesh, v. 20.
1. The veil of the Old Testament allowed only the High Priest to enter once a year and not without blood, Hebrews 9:7, “But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:”
2. The veil of the New Testament is the flesh of Jesus Christ which has consecrated the way into the Holy of Holies in the presence of God, Hebrews 6:19-20, “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.”
II. DRAWING STRENGTH THROUGH OUR PROFESSION OF FAITH IN CHRIST.
A. Our hearts have been sprinkled from an evil conscience, v. 22, “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:2, “For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.”
B. Our bodies washed with pure water,
1. By the washing of regeneration, Titus 3:5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
2. By the washing of water by the Word, Ephesians 5:26, “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.”
III. DRAWING ON YOUR CONFIDENCE IN CHRIST TO WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM.
A. We have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him, Ephesians 3:12, “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.”
B. Our confidence is not in the flesh, Philippians 3:3, “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”
C. Our confidence is in Jesus Christ.
1. We have trusted Him, therefore we have confidence, 1 John 3:20, “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.”
2. We are confident that He hears us, 1 John 5:14, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”
D. Our confidence is in His promise to return, v. 37, “For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:3, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
1. There is a need for patience to wait for Him, v. 36, “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
a. Patience comes from tribulation, Romans 5:3, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;”
b. We believe on Him and we suffer for Him also, Philippians 1:29, “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;”
2. In the mean time live by faith, v. 38-39, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”
This concluding remark by Paul is taken from Habakkuk 2:4. He admonishes us to live by faith, and not to draw back, but we are not of them that draw back. The believer trusts in God for everything in life knowing that the Lord is faithful.