Thursday, November 26, 2009

Behind the Veil

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
And [having] an high priest over the house of God;
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 (He. 10. 19-22).

Ransomed men need no longer pause in fear to enter the Holy of Holies. God wills that we should push on into His Presence and live our whole life there. - A. W. Tozer

Jesus Christ, the first born among many bretheren, was essentially the first saved. It is true He was sinless in life, which made Him the Lamb without spot or wrinkle, capable of being a sacrifice sufficient for the holy demands of the Counsel of Eternity, yet He became sin for us, He became a curse for us, so we don't have the curse be upon us when we approach the Judgement. In the grave, the greatest miracle occurred: The resurrection! O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Co. 15.55-57).

Right now, as we live and breathe the present air, we have not the curse, enabling us to enter into the presence of Almighty God, that is if we have responded to the call of Christ to repent and believe the Gospel. It is impossible to enter the sacred place of the Most High God without having been washed in the blood of Jesus. To the question, "What can wash away my sin?" The answer,
"Nothing but the blood of Jesus."

In all the trappings of religion, activity of evangelicalism and gifted work of those seeking signs, the work of our LORD on the cross of Calvary still remains a stumbling block to the religious and unbelieving while too simple to evangelicals and sign seekers. Yet the preaching of the cross remains foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Co. 1.18).

It is by grace we can get over that stumbling block. The smallest amount of faith will enable us to receive grace needed to enter into the Holy of Holies.
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded (Ja. 4.6-8).
There, in the secret place of the Most High, we find even more grace. There we are able to move the mighty hand of God in prayer. There we become transfigured into His glory and image. There we gain that glow Moses had when he left the mount. There we reckon the beggarly things of the world as dross and to have the abiding presence of God as the greatest gain.

Having been there, we agree with the elders of Westminster who said, "The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." As such, we begin to understand the four and twenty elders who fall on their faces to worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, saying, `Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.' (Rev 4:11)

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