Scripture Devotion

Since We Have Confidence

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The law wasn’t done away with but fulfilled through the gracious working of Jesus Christ.
There is no longer sacrifices because of the last sacrifice in Christ and so Hebrews 4:16 NIV84 says Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” and Hebrews 10:19-22 NIV84 says “Therefore brothers, 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 in full assurance of faith …
Since we have CONFIDENCE to ENTER …
There is discussion that seems to be ever running around the church about The Law in the daily practice of Christians who are in the state or age of grace. There is really, in my opinion, a lack of understanding of what The Law is and what Grace is. Living in communion with God has always been an act of God’s grace. From the moment sin entered the world, it is only God’s mercy and grace that allows us to have a relationships with Him. The wages of sin has always been death. But God, in his grace made provision for us to remain in relationship with him. This initial provision was through the death of a substitute sacrifice in the blood of oxen and lambs, it was always a sacrifice. Those sacrifices also pointed toward the coming of one sacrifice that would end the need for sacrifices.
The “anti-law” folks today miss this fact that grace has always existed. The law didn’t make men perfect, it was a standard of living that we were called to even though we would fail, yet the sacrifice atoned for our failure. But a promised one was coming.
Jeremiah 31:31 the time is coming when i will make a new covenant
v32 it will not be like the covenant made with their fathers
v33 this is the covenant I will make … after that time … I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people
v34 … for I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sin no more

When we want to understand the inspired word of God, the best teacher is The Holy Spirit. So the same Spirit inspired one verse speaks of it in another verse, that is the easiest way to understand. It is the best commentary. So in Hebrews 10:16-17 the writer, inspired by the Holy Spirit who inspired Jeremiah, quotes Jeremiah 31 and then explains it. In verse 18 he says “where these have been forgiven (sin and lawlessness) there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.”

You see, the law has not been eliminated as a standard for living except where God specifies like with Peter being told he could change the eating requirements in Acts 10. But Jesus himself enlarged the expectations in the sermon on the mount.

When they approached God under the law, they had to be certain they had followed the regulations for fear of being struck down dead.
But we have confidence (parresia) = courage, boldness, candor, plainly
Since we have confidence – What takes away the fear of approaching God? What removes the need for sacrifice? It is the certainty of the Grace of God in Christ.
WE individually can enter the Most Holy Place by the Blood of Jesus. Only One, the High Priest, could enter the Most Holy Place. Only One Time, on the Day of Atonement, could he enter. Only One way, could he enter, with a perfect sacrifice.
But WE have, CONFIDENCE, courage, boldness, candor, to speak freely, openly plainly, to come, EVERY DAY directly to God … Because of the Sacrifice of Christ which settled the issue.
So
v22 Let us draw near … with full assurance
v23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope
v24 Let us encourage each other
Since we have CONFIDENCE
The Confidence doesn’t mean there isn’t an expectation for what RIGHT Living is. It means that I don’t need any other sacrifices to cover my sin and lawless acts
It means that the Right Living and the Desire has been placed in my heart in the person of The Spirit. The Holy Spirit, living in me doesn’t free me from living a holy life, but places in me the desires as well as the ability to say “yes” and then removes the need and fear of a sacrifice
Since we have Confidence
Stand Firm
Since we have Confidence
I … the pot … can approach the potter with confidence and say “Dear Potter, my pot has some things that don’t fit your vision. Will you place your hands on me and continue to form me?”
Since we have Confidence
We know He will shape us and not shatter us. He will receive us and not reject us.
Since we have Confidence
Be Encouraged and Encourage Others

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