Summary: Since Jesus has made a way into the Holiest by His blood and through His life, we enter in boldly and with confidence!
December 30, 2012
Jesus removes every trace of guilt so that we have a clear conscience before God.
15Whereof [“Moreover”] the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us:
In the Old Testament everything was established by the word of two or three witnesses (Dt. 19:15). Christ has taken away all our sin and the Spirit testifies to this fact:
for after that he had said before, 16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
This is a quote from Jeremiah 31:31-34 again. The Jews wore phylacteries on their arms and heads (Dt. 6:8; Mt. 23:5), and they wore tassels (Num. 15:39) and wrote Scripture on their doorposts and gates (Dt. 11:20). These were all designed to keep God’s word in their minds and hearts, but types and shadows will never do! God has promised to put these things into our hearts and write them in our minds; then He says,
17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Do you see how the Law changes from something outward and imposing to something inward and natural? The Law of Moses crushes men and breaks them into nothing, but the Law of Christ is internal and it is every good thing mentioned in Psalm 119. Under the old Law there’s nothing but condemnation for lawbreakers, but under Christ there’s forgiveness!
18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
If He’s forgotten all our sins, then there’s no reason to make an offering and no way for guilt; we stand pure and holy before God!
19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
This is what we’ve been talking about—the Jews could not enter into the Holy of Holies, but we can enter God’s presence with boldness,
20By a new and living way,
There are several words in Greek for “new” but here we see the word πρόσφατος (prosphatos). What makes it interesting is that this is the only time this word is ever used in the New Testament. It refers to something fresh. It could be used to describe a corpse that hasn’t decomposed or fresh water from a well or to describe an animal that’s been freshly slaughtered. In fact, that’s really the essence of the word:
sphazo= to butcher
Put them together and you get this word: "fresh slaughter." This verse could read, “We have boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus; by a fresh slaughter.”
Not only that but it’s a living way. Think back to John 14:6 where Jesus says He is the way (ὁδός, hodos), and we see here that the way is living. The Lamb John saw was slain and yet alive! (Rev. 5:6, 9, 12) The shadow of Old Testament sacrifice is gone; we’re bold through Christ’s death and life!
which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
Consecrated means dedicated. In the Septuagint, First Kings 8:63 says Solomon “dedicated” the house of the Lord. Christ has inaugurated, implemented, and installed a way “through the veil.” The “way” is His flesh which takes us back to John 14:6! He is our access to God!
21And having an high priest over the house of God; 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
Since we have such a great High Priest we can draw near to God rather than run from Him. We have true hearts because God’s laws are written in them. And if our hearts are true, then we have full assurance! We draw near by this assurance because there is no fear in love (I Jn. 4:18) and by faith we understand that God exists, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6).
having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
The Old Testament priests sprinkled everything with blood and ceremonially washed everything: types and shadows. What do we learn is the true thing? “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:25-27).
23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;
Don’t give up like they did in the desert: hold fast,
(for he is faithful that promised;)
His word is trustworthy. If He brought us out of Egypt, then He can bring us into Canaan no matter how many trials are on the way: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6).