The Exceeding MagnitudeOctober 22, 2014
Hebrews 8October 23, 2014
19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 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. (NKJV)
Here is more good stuff for us through the blood of Jesus. This passage is for brethren. Okay ladies it’s for sisters also. It’s for every believer. It’s not a way to God apart from believing in the finished work of Jesus for us on the Cross.
Jesus stepped in and fulfilled the office of High Priest. The Old Testament priests had extremely limited capabilities as well as extremely temporary results. Jesus took over the job of High Priest, even though He wasn’t in the physical genealogy of the tribe from which priests came. He became a High Priest for all people, Jews and Gentiles.
Through the blood of Jesus which is a new and living way. This is the way of boldness. Let’s be assured that God has reworked our hearts. God has washed them with pure water—the living water of the Word. Our consciences used to be conscious only of sins and of evil, but now we have the full assurance of faith.
The Old Covenant required obedience and yearly sacrifice of bulls and goats. This was a tedious and temporary measure God put in place to preserve the line of the Messiah. There was no assurance of faith involved. But now a new Covenant came through the blood of Jesus.
“16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin” (Hebrews 10:16-18).
Jesus was the final offering for sin. It covers all sin past, present, and future. Enter into His rest in bold confidence.