The Power of Grace Ministries

Today's Daily Devotional come directly from thirty plus years of Dr. David Jones' personal study notes.

December 29

It is God’s desire that we boldly enter into His presence. Not beggarly, or with remorse or fearful for to approach God in that manner is to not fully believe that He is the one that made the way for us to come to Him through the blood of His only Son Jesus. This beggarly, remorseful, or fearful thinking can only come from our lack of faith or full understanding of what Jesus did when He died on the cross and then rose from the dead to sit at God’s right hand.

Hebrews 10:19-20
, 19 “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,”

 

                Verse 19 is conformation of Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in our time of need”. I have found that many Christians to not fully grasp or even know we have this privilege. My natural response is which one of you with a loving father could not go to him for help when you were in need? The problem with that statement is there are so many fathers today who are missing or do not understand the love of God and therefore cannot show it correctly. The truth is, people have a difficult time accepting the message of grace because we live in such a harsh and unforgiving world. We must remember that the world is fallen, but God’s kingdom is not of this world. Because God’s kingdom is not of this world but heavenly what could we ever do naturally to enter into His kingdom much less His presence? The answer coming from your mouth should be nothing and you answered correctly. However, I ask that you examine your personal walk to see if you have doubt of His complete acceptance of you? Is your commitment to the denominational and church requirements because you believe that is what God requires of you? If you answer is yes or even sometimes to either of these questions you still missing the full picture of the blood of Jesus that was shed for you.

 

                Verse 20 says we were consecrated by a new and living way which is His flesh. I want you to focus on the “new” in this verse. If something is new then it is either a provision for something that was originally missing, or it is a replacement for something that has grown old. If you were a Gentile (non-Jew), then this “New Covenant” is now provided where something was originally missing. Let that statement set into your heart. As a Gentile you were never under the Law of Moses, only the children of Israel. With this understanding your next question should be, “if I was never under the Law of Moses in the first place, why would I be under that Law now that have I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior”?  The answer is you are not under the Law! The Law has nothing to do with you, so why are you striving to uphold something that was never yours?  I must add that if your denominational up bringing has you following specific rules, ways of life, and/or rituals you are still trying to place yourself under some type of law that you were never under in the first place. Jesus’ death on the cross was not the ushering in of a new religion with a set of hybrid laws where grace and chosen laws or regulations are blended together. Jesus ushered in a way of relationship with God, not new rules to please Him. Remember that we enter into the presence of God by the blood of Jesus and to add any effort of our own, as some additional requirement to enter His presence, is in fact saying the blood of Jesus was not enough. This truth of our not being under any law does not give us privilege to sin or not change a godless lifestyle. In fact the sincere knowledge of who you are in Christ and what His death on the cross truly paid the price for, should empower you to make the changes needed in your lifestyle.  And if you were originally a Jew under the Old Covenant, the New Covenant is just that; “New”. 2 Corinthians 5:17 confirms this, 17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” You are now free from the bondage of religion to have a relationship with your God. Think of it in this manner, by being in a personal relationship with God you are taking Him with you everywhere you go and He is there in everything you do. This being said, how can you decide to allow a sinful temptation to take over you or remain in a sin lifestyle?

 

                The other word from verse 20 I wanted to focus on is “living”. Living has nothing to do with death, death is the end of what was once living. The Old Covenant was wrapped around death with the constant sacrifice of animals and set rules or ways of life whose only purpose was to keep the children of Israel focused on death and the need for God’s grace when death does come. Jesus’s death and resurrection ushered in a relationship with God for the living. 2 Corinthians 5:15, 1 Thessalonians 5:10, & 2 Timothy 2:11 all reference Jesus dying that we can live. In John 10:10 Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

 

Can you see the “new and living way” that Hebrews 10:20 is referencing? If you are beginning to see the truth of the gospel and you know the word where it says “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33), then it becomes clear that God is not the one behind the mixture of part grace/part works religion that so many Christians have been taught to believe. If it is not God then it can only be from the Devil. The Devil knows the law and from his temptations of Jesus in the wilderness, he also knows the word of God and twists it out of context. I think he knows God’s word better than most Christians do and the only power he has against us is to twist God’s word to our destruction. Also from John 10:10 we can clearly see that the Devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He does not need to put much effort at keeping the world in dysfunction, man does a good enough job of that on his own. The only people that the Devil is concerned with is Christians and what better way to steal the gospel of peace, kill the joy of being a Christian, and destroy the walk of a believer than to twist the word of grace and add in the message of the Law into teachings from the pulpit. Jesus warns us in Matthew 16:6 & 11, Mark 8:15, and Luke 12:1 to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. In Matthew 16:12 He is explicit that He is referencing the doctrines of the Pharisees and Sadducees which is legalism. Paul warns us in 1 Corinthians 5:6 and Galatians 5:9 that even a little leaven leavens the whole lump.  Since Paul taught against the doctrines of legalisms he could only be referencing sermons of the gospel that are laced with legalisms. In Galatians 5:4 Paul warns us, “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. “

 

For most people how you were originally taught, and what you were originally taught, dictates how you study and what you are most likely to learn and believe for the rest of your life.  This is a truth in the natural and transfers over to our spiritual walk as Christians. Unless you make a conscious effort to begin seeing the gospel of grace and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth, it is quite possible that you can be so strong in your faith regarding what you were originally taught, that the word of God cannot even stumble you into learning the truth.