Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Bits and Pieces: The Church As the House of God

"Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our body washed with pure water," (Hebrews 10:19--22).

* It is in the context of the Lord Jesus' role as our great high Priest that the writer to the Hebrews refers to the church as the house of God. Individually, and corporately, we have instant and intimate access to God because of Jesus' shed blood and intercessory ministry. The question comes: are we faithfully drawing near in full assurance of faith, or are we inconsistent in prayer?

* What an amazing work the Lord Jesus is performing on our behalf! As our High Priest He has given us instant access to God's presence, purchased by His sinless blood's atoning. Are we as the house of God gaining and maintaining clarity of conscience and sincerity of faith?

* By His sacrifical death in the shedding of His sinless blood, the Lord Jesus did for us what we could never have done for ourselves--- gain access to holy God. But now, as the house of God, we have a great High Priest, through Whom we may draw near to God with great boldness.
The only thing that hinders such communion is sin.

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