O Lord…You are God, and You alone; there is none other besides You. All other “so-called” gods are merely lifeless images, carved out of wood, or formed out of stone, or cast in metal. But You are the One True Living God, and You live and reign forever and ever throughout the eternal ages! [Isa 44:6-8; 40:10-31; Ps 115:4-8]
12th THE ASSURANCE OF FAITH: POSSESSION OF THE BETTER PROMISES. These heroes of faith received the promises, having seen them from afar off and having embraced them…the great promise of Christ Jesus and His redemption and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit…but died not having received the fulfillment of these promises.
Failure to embrace the perfection truths of the New Covenant
We have the possession of the thing promised, the Divine reality, the full inheritance of what were to them only the good things to come. The promise alone was sufficient to make them live a wonderful and powerful life of faith. Why is it then that so few of God’s children…we who actually have possession of the promises…so few experience the joy and the holiness and the nearness to God and the power of faith in my life? The one only answer is that I do not accept the possession with the same intensity with which they accepted the promise. If I will only rise up out of my worldliness and sloth and yield myself to the glorious perfection truths of this Epistle to the Hebrews…the perfection of our Great High Priest and His work…and press on unto it, He to Whom it has been given to work His work in me in the Power of an endless life will reveal in me that better and perfect thing as I have never yet known it! By faith, the fulfillment of every promise will be made true to me in the Power of the Holy Spirit poured out upon believers at Pentecost…the Spirit Who comes from the Throne of our great High Priest! Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. So let those of us who are spiritually mature and full-grown have this mind and hold these convictions. [Phil 3:13-15]
The power of the indwelling Holy Spirit appropriates the blessing
Christ Jesus has done it all in opening the Holy of Holies, securing the freedom and the right of access therein for the children of God; it is He Who, as much, must do all within me even now to make the actual abiding in the Holy of Holies a living reality. It is Christ Jesus Who makes the Holy of Holies, and the entrance into it, and the life within there to serve the living God, a living continual reality. He does this in the Power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within me. Christ redeemed me, that I might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. The Holy Spirit is the all-inclusive blessing of the New, the better, Covenant.
Life within the veil my birthright
Wherefore holy brethren, partakers of a Heavenly calling, consider Jesus. If you have been living outside the veil, do believe that God has provided some better thing for you also…a life within the veil, continually abiding before the face of our Father and enjoying His delight in you as His child! Wherefore, brethren, having now boldness to enter into the Holiest by the Blood of Jesus, by the way which He dedicated for us, a new and living way to God, through the veil, that is to say, through the veil of His flesh; and having a great Priest over the House of God; let us then draw nigh…here let us continually abide. [Heb 10:19-20, 22]
Friends, brothers and sisters…
There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell. You must be a born-again child of God. I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom. I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]
If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”
I Bowed On My Knees And Cried Holy: