How Can I Strengthen My Church?
(Positive Attitudes Lead To Positive Actions)
Hebrews 10:13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
He waits till His enemies are made His footstool, till the day when every knee will bow to Him, and every tongue acknowledge Him as Lord to the glory of God the Father (Phil. 2:10, 11). This will be the day of His public vindication on earth.
Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
The surpassing value of His offering is seen in that by it He has perfected forever (or in perpetuity) those who are being sanctified.
Those who are being sanctified here means all who have been set apart to God from the world, that is, all true believers.
They have been perfected in a twofold sense. First, they have a perfect standing before God; they stand before the Father in all the acceptability of His beloved Son.
Second, they have a perfect conscience as far as the guilt and penalty of sin are concerned; they know that the price has been paid in full and that God will not demand payment a second time.
Hebrews 10:15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
The Holy Spirit also witnesses to the fact that under the New Covenant, sins would be effectively dealt with once and for all. He witnesses to it through the OT Scriptures.
Hebrews 10:16 “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 I will write them,”
In Jeremiah 31:31, the Lord promised to make a New covenant with His chosen earthly people.
Hebrews 10:17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Then in the very same passage, He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
It is arresting that Jeremiah 31:34 contained this promise of full and final forgiveness of sins; yet some of those who lived in the day when the promise began to be fulfilled were disposed to return to the never-ending sacrifices of Judaism!
Hebrews 10:18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
The promise of forgiveness under the New Covenant means that there is no longer an offering for sin.
With these words, no longer an offering for sin, the author closes what we might call the doctrinal portion of the Epistle. He wants to have these words ringing in our hearts and minds as he now presses upon us our practical obligations.
Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
In OT times the people were kept at a distance; now in Christ we are brought near through the blood of His cross. Therefore we are encouraged to draw near. How do we do this?
This exhortation assumes that all believers are now priests because we are told to have boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus.
The common people during the Jewish economy were barred from the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place; only the priests could enter the first room, and only the high priest could enter the second. Now that is all changed. God has no special place where only a special caste of men may approach Him. Instead, all believers may come into His presence by faith at any time and from any place on earth.
Hebrews 10:20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
Our approach is by a new and living way. New here may have the meaning of “newly slain” or “newly made”. Living seems to be a reference to Jesus in resurrection, therefore, to a living Savior. This way was opened through the veil, that is, His flesh.
This clearly teaches that the veil between the two compartments of the tabernacle was a type of the body of our Lord.
In order for us to have access into God’s presence, the veil had to be rent, that is, His body had to be broken in death.
This reminds us that we cannot draw near by Christ’s sinless life, but only by His vicarious death.
Only through the mortal wounds of the Lamb can we go in.
Every time we enter God’s presence in prayer or worship, let us remember that the privilege was bought for us at tremendous cost.
Hebrews 10:21 and having a High Priest over the house of God,
We not only have great confidence when we enter the presence of God; we also have a great High Priest over the house of God.
Even though we are priests (1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 1:6), yet we still need a Priest ourselves. Christ is our great High Priest, and His present ministry for us assures our continued welcome before God.
Hebrews 10:22 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.
Let us draw near. This is the believer’s blood-bought privilege.
How wonderful beyond all words that we are invited to have audience, not with this world’s celebrities, but with the Sovereign of the universe! The extent to which we value the invitation is shown by the manner in which we respond to it. What can we learn from this?
There is a fourfold description of how we should be spiritually groomed in entering the throne room. 1. With a true heart. The people of Israel drew near to God with their mouth, and honored Him with their lips, but their heart was often far from Him (Matt. 15:8). Our approach should be with utter sincerity.
2. In full assurance of faith. We draw near with utter confidence in the promises of God and with the firm conviction that we shall have a gracious reception into His presence.
3. Having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience. This can be brought about only by the new birth.
When we trust Christ, we appropriate the value of His blood. Figuratively speaking, we sprinkle our hearts with it, just as the Israelites sprinkled their doors with the blood of the Passover lamb. This delivers us from an evil conscience.
4. And our bodies washed with pure water. Again this is symbolic language. Our bodies represent our lives. The pure water might refer either to the word (Eph 5:25, 26), to the Holy Spirit (John 7:37–39), or to the Holy Spirit using the word in cleansing our lives from daily defilement.
We are cleansed once for all from the guilt of sin by the death of Christ, but cleansed repeatedly from the defilement of sin by the Spirit through the word (see John 13:10).
Thus we might summarize the four requisites for entering God’s presence as sincerity, assurance, salvation, and sanctification.
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Macdonald, Farstad Grady Scott, Hindson, E.E.