Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,…
I. WHAT HAS BEEN DONE.
1. In actual historical fact the glorious veil of the temple has been rent in twain from the top to the bottom: as a matter of spiritual fact, which is far more important to us, the separating legal ordinance is abolished. Jesus has made thee nigh, as nigh to God as even He Himself is.
2. This rending of the veil signified, also, the removal of the separating sin. Pardon, which removes sin, and justification, which brings righteousness, make up a deed of clearance so complete that nothing now divides the sinner from his reconciled God. The Judge is now the Father: He, who once must necessarily have condemned, is found justly absolving and accepting. In this double sense the veil is rent; the separating ordinance is abrogated, and the separating sin is forgiven.
3. Next, be it remembered that the separating sinfulness is also taken away through our Lord Jesus. It is not only what we have done, but what we are that keeps us apart from God. Through the death of our Lord Jesus the covenant of grace is established with us, and its gracious provisions are on this wise: "This is the covenant, &c., I will put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts." When this is the ease, when the will of God is inscribed on the heart, and the nature is entirely changed, then is the dividing veil which hides us from God taken away: "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."
II. WHAT WE HAVE.
1. We have "boldness to enter in."
2. Let us follow the example of the high priest, and having entered, let us perform the functions of one who enters in, "Boldness to enter in " suggests that we act as men who are in their proper places.
3. If you will look at the text, you will notice that this boldness is well grounded. "Having therefore boldness." Paul is often a true poet, but he is always a correct logician.
4. Why is it that we have boldness? Is it not because of our relationship to Christ which makes us "brethren"
5. We may have this boldness of entering in at all times, because the veil is always rent, and is never restored to its old place.
III. How WE EXERCISE THIS GRACE.
1. We come by the way of atonement.
2. An unfailing way.
3. A living way.
4. A dedicated way.
5. A Christly way.
(C. H. Spurgeon.)
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