My child…listen; do not be stubborn and self-willed. I have told you the way to true comfort and happiness…a place of quiet, refreshing rest for heavy-laden souls. In repentance and resting in Me is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength. Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is. Then walk in it, and you will find rest for your soul. [Father God…Isa 28:11-12; 30:15; Jer 6:16]
I stand in awe of the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the One Who always was, Who is now and ever shall be, and Who is to come. [Rev 1:8; 22:13]
THE ASSURANCE OF FAITH: POSSESSION OF THE BETTER PROMISES
All of these heroes of faith, though they won Divine approval by means of their faith, did not receive the fulfillment of what had been promised. God had planned something better and greater in view for us, so that these heroes and heroines of faith should not come to perfection apart from us. [Heb 11:39-40]
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. Wherefore holy brethren, partakers of a Heavenly calling, consider Jesus. If you have been living outside the veil that prohibits entrance into the Holy of Holies, 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! Living my life continually and unceasingly in the Holy of Holies… abiding in the inaccessible light of the Glory of my Father’s unclouded Presence…is my birthright as a child of the Most High God! 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]
Received the promise but not the possession
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. They would have to wait until the time that we were to receive the fulfillment of these promises, so that they would be made perfect together with us, and not before.
The glorious perfection of the New Covenant
In these closing verses of Hebrews chapter 10, we have the summing up of the entire chapter as well as the entire letter to the Hebrews. The superior excellence of the New Covenant is stated to be this: that we have some better thing, something perfect, which the saints had waited for but had never possessed. The Book of Hebrews was written to set before us the glory of these better promises God has provided for us through Christ Jesus His Son…promises that have perfected us:
- Christ has inherited a better name.
- He has brought us a better hope.
- He is the surety of a better Covenant enacted in better promises.
- In Him we have the better country and the better substance.
- To them God spoke in the prophets; to us in the Son.
- To them was offered the rest of Canaan; to us the Promised Rest of God.
- Their high priest was a man who died; ours is High Priest forever, in the Power of an endless life.
- Their sanctuary was on Earth, and even that had its veil; ours is the true Heavenly Sanctuary, with the veil taken away.
- Theirs was the Old Covenant, in which they had no power to faithfully keep; ours is the New Covenant, with the heart made new by the Holy Spirit.
- Theirs was the blood of bulls and goats; ours is the Blood of Jesus.
- Theirs was a sanctifying cleanness of the flesh; ours an eternal cleansing through the Blood, and the sprinkling of the heart from an evil conscience.
- Theirs was a worship that made nothing perfect; in ours we are perfected
- Their worship was a witness that access into the Holiest was not open; ours is the blessed experience that in the new and living way to God dedicated for us by Christ, we have living access into the Holy of Holies and the very Presence and love of the Father.
- Their Law made nothing perfect; Christ, by His sacrifice, has perfected us
- Apart from us they would not be made perfect; for us the blessing of some better thing, of being made perfect, has come.
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]
Abba Father, You alone reign! You are robed with Majesty! You are robed with Majesty and armed with Strength and Power! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved! Your Throne was established long ago, Father; You are from all Eternity! Your statutes stand firm; Your house is beautifully arrayed with Your Holiness, Father, for endless days, forever and ever! Hallelujah!
I praise Your Holy Name forever and ever, Father! All Wisdom and Power are Yours! You change times and seasons; You set up kings and depose them! You give wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning! You reveal deep and hidden things! You know what lies in darkness, and light dwells with You! All my thanks and all my praise belongs to You, God of my fathers, for You are the One who gives me wisdom and power!
Precious Father, Your Law…the revelation of Your will…is perfect, restoring my soul! Your testimonies of the Truth are sure and trustworthy, making wise ordinary people who are naive and gullible! Your precepts, given to me as specific instructions, are right, Father, giving joy to my heart! Your commandments carry the authority of Your Word; they are pure and radiant, bringing Your light to my eyes! In the hearts of Your people You foster a worshipful respect for the Lord’s Awesome Presence and a reverential trust in Your unfailing, unchanging love. Such reverence and respect for You is pure and clean, Father, enduring forever! Your judgments…the decisions You make concerning human situations…are sure, altogether fair and righteous! These special revelations to Your people…Your Law, testimonies, precepts, commandments, judgments, reverential respect for You…are more precious than gold, Father, more precious even than the finest gold! They are sweeter than honey, sweeter even than drippings from the honeycomb! As Your servant, I am both warned by them and greatly rewarded in keeping them!
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.”
Lord Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary: