Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22 (NIV)
I’ve mentioned before that Hebrews is sometimes viewed as difficult to understand. Personally I find it a very stimulating book to read. When reading Hebrews, remember that the writer is presenting evidence to prove (primarily to a Jewish audience) who Jesus is and how he fulfils scripture. Hebrews 10:1 commences with the words:
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming – not the realities themselves.
The key to Hebrews is that Jesus is the real thing, only alluded to by the law, the tabernacle and the sacrifice.
Later in Hebrews 10, the writer uses the term ‘… let us …’ three times to encourage the readers to build on the fact that Jesus shed his blood for their forgiveness and is their high priest interceding for them in heaven.
The first ‘… let us …’ statement is ‘… let us draw near to God …’ The Greek word used by the writer of Hebrews which is translated as ‘draw near’ could mean approach, come to, or come alongside. Our ability to draw near to God is not based on anything we have or could do, it is purely based on what Christ has done. Only because we are ‘cleansed’ and ‘washed’ are we able to draw near to God.
We will look at the other ‘let us’ statements in the next two posts.
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