“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;”.
These precious words do not belong to one who is looking to obtain something in a future time or to one who is not of the eternal household of the Beloved. They pertain to brethren who have this boldness because of the finished work of the Lamb of God. This work is not a work in progress for He has finished it in righteousness and is seated at the right hand of the Father. This boldness is not an arrogant assertion of a right that is owed but it is a privilege that belongs only to those whom He has made kings and priests unto God (Rev. 1:6). This way into the holiest, wherein is the Light of the World, the Bread of Life, the altar of a sweet smelling savor before the throne and the Mercy seat upon which the blood of the everlasting covenant has been sprinkled, can not be entered without blood and perfection. Yet He has entered into that sanctuary not made with hands in complete perfection (Heb. 9:24) and has presented that precious blood once for all His chosen family in the end of the world (9:26) and because of His work, we, brethren, have a new and living way of entrance unto that Mercy seat. Herein the fatherless find mercy (Hos. 14:3) and the blood is ever before the throne.
This new and living way is not according to the first covenant in any way (Jer. 31:31). These two rivers flow side by side but never touch, merge or are contaminated by the other in any way. The first, from Sinai, is the ministration of condemnation and death and requires that a man live in it, observing the ceremonies and rituals every moment of every day. It carries the penalty of death for even the most minor of infraction for the violation of one jot is the violation of the whole. The second, the new, is not according to these standards because of the new heart and the new spirit which God places in His chosen vessel. He cleanses them, He heals them, He writes His law upon their hearts and He causes them to walk therein. They cannot falter or fail for it is His power within that causes those, who He has consecrated with His blood, to keep His statutes and His commandments. (Jer. 32:29, 33:6, Ez. 11:19, 36:11 & 36:21-35). Adam seeks to join these two as he did in the garden when he tried to make a covering for himself by the works of his hands. He speaks in the ear that we should have a more effective prayer life, a testimony for our Lord and a more fervent spirit in studying the scriptures. Each of us hears these word and are made to feel guilty as we are brought into the bondage of this corruption. But God has not called us to such bondage but unto the liberty of the truth in His Spirit. The prayers of the Saints ascend continually before the throne (Rev. 8:3) by the intercession of the Spirit with groanings and utterances which cannot be heard of man (Roms. 8:26), the Word dwells within the new heart of the child of promise and He is the testimony, not of our worth but of His great love wherewith He loved us and gave Himself for us.
This redemption through His blood was accomplished, “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, (which is the mystery of the gospel) that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Gal. 3:14). God promised Abraham that “All this land which thou seest, to thee will I give it and to thy seed FOR EVER”, and it, the seed would be as the dust of the earth which no man could number. He then said that it would be as the hosts of the heaven which also, no man could number. If one believes in a never ending earth then the sands of Palestine might qualify as a fulfillment of God’s word if it were not that for the greater part of the lat 1900 years that land has not belonged to Israel. (But I digress). John saw on the island of Patmos the redeemed of the Lord, being already in heaven and before the throne, the same place where that sanctuary not made with hands is, and it was a “great multitude which no man could number” (Rev. 7:9). God had fulfilled the promise to Abraham in that city that hath foundations whose builder and maker is God and it is the same place where the ransomed host sits together with their redeemer, in the heavenlies. “not by might, nor by strength but by My Spirit saith Jehovah.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes