By Pastor Glem Melo
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, 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. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.(Hebrews 10:19-25)
The curtain of the temple in the Old Testament symbolized the fact that the barrier of sin has not yet been removed. The tearing of the curtain when Christ died on the cross for us proclaims the 100% forgiveness of sins and 100% access to God that His true believers enjoy. Because of Jesus, we receive and enjoy the benefits and blessings of barrier-free worship and relationship with God. Therefore, His word calls us…
- Let us approach God in worship with freedom and confidence, assured of 100% forgiveness and acceptance with God because of Christ’s death and sacrifice. .
- Let us persevere in our confession of faith and hope in Him, assured of His covenant-keeping faithfulness. .
- Let us help and encourage one another by faithfully worshipping and meeting together, especially as we see signs around us of the nearness of Christ’s second coming.
“The author [of Hebrews] stresses that the heart must be sincere if faith is to be genuine. The word ‘sincere’ describes the heart of a person who is honest, genuine, committed, dependable, and without deceit. When the believer’s heart is sincere, faith is evident in full assurance. The believer has complete confidence in God, because he fully accepts the truth of the gospel… [Christ’s] blood sets that believer free. He now may freely approach the throne of grace because his conscience is clear. In faith he has claimed for himself forgiveness of sin through Christ. He knows that Christ has removed forever the guilt that hindered him from coming to God,” – Simon Kistemaker