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Archive for September 2, 2015
His love knows no exceptions,
so never feel excluded—
No matter who or what you are,
your name has been included.
Helen Steiner Rice
The Christian hopes for perfection of being; for holiness of heart and life here, and for heaven hereafter. These things are brought into clearer light in this gospel age than they were under the Law. It rests upon Jesus Christ. He is the Rock upon which our confidence and expectation are based. He has revealed God the Father unto us. He has rendered perfect obedience to the holy Law. He ever liveth to represent us in heaven. . . The priesthood of Jesus Christ brings men near unto Him. We need not now the human priest and the bleeding victim for our acceptable approach to the Divine Father. Through the Savior we may draw nigh unto Him in our penitence for sin, and obtain forgiveness. (The Pulpit Commentary, Hebrews, p. 195)
“(for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.” Hebrews 7:19 (NASB)
The “better hope” is Christ. Because of His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and His position at the right hand of Majesty on the throne of grace, believers now “draw near to God.”
The unbeliever is by nature a child of wrath (Eph.2:3), alienated from the life of God (Eph. 4:8). But those of us who were without hope and afar off “have been made near by the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:13).
In this day of grace—the day of “a better hope”—Jew, Gentile, whoever will, may have “a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 2:5).
All true believers have a better hope in their hearts “through which we draw near to God.” Under the Levitical system the people could not enter into the holy of holies where the high priest entered with blood; to do so meant sudden death. The people could not draw near to God, but the better hope in Christ has opened the way into the holy of holies for each and every believer.
The invitation to the born again believer is, “Let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” Hebrews 4:16 (NASB).