By first understanding that those who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior are now the house of God, and having full faith in Jesus and what He did for us, we can now go to God with a true heart and a cleansed conscious.
Hebrews 10:21-22, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Are you aware that the church as a whole is considered the house of God? Hebrews 3:6, “but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.” Paul also confirms this in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 where he explains that the body of Christ, which is the Church, is the temple of God. Jesus is the High Priest over His church which is His house. Now think of all of the different and biblically conflicting denominations, rules, and laws that have been brought into the house since Jesus’ death and resurrection. None of this could have ever been from God because Jesus ushered in a way of relationship, not another religion.
Drawing near with a true heart of full assurance of faith can only be accomplished by setting your mind on spiritual things like Jesus’ perfect work on the cross. God’s decision to send His only Son to die for our sins. And God’s predestined way to come to Him freely through our faith in the blood of Jesus which was shed for us. Romans 8:5 tells us that those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh. The Laws of Moses and the Prophets along with all of the rituals, washings, and sacrifices are things of the flesh and have no spiritual cleaning power, but were in fact given to produce sin consciousness. Go read Hebrews 10:1-4 and the bible study for conformation that the purpose of the Laws of Moses were to maintain the doer’s sin consciousness. Sin is the fleshly fruit of a deeper spiritual root issue which is a direct correlation to a lack of personal connection with Jesus. Think of this like the action of a pendulum; the more your thoughts swing toward works, rituals, religion, and personal condemnation, the further your thoughts will be on what God did spiritually for us through Jesus’ death on the cross. As Christians if we keep our minds on fleshly religious ordinances, rules, and doctrines, our conscious will always be focused on our sin nature and therefore we are living in the flesh and not spiritually. This focus will keep our mental door open for fleshly and worldly temptations that lead to sinful actions and thoughts, or worse yet cause us to doubt in God’s willingness to answer our prayers or help in our times of need. This fleshly thinking is in direct opposition to what the word of God tells us back in Hebrews 4:14. (Go read this)
The second half of Romans 8:5 tells us that if we live according to the Spirit, than our minds will be on the spirit. Jesus sprinkled His blood sacrifice of the heavenly alter as explained in Hebrews 9:24-28 for the purpose of spiritually purifying those who accept Him as Lord and Savior. Colossians 1:21-23 tells us we were once alienated in “our minds” by wicked works, but are now reconciled through Jesus’ death. This reconciliation makes us holy, blameless, and above reproach in His sight, if we remain grounded in the gospel of Jesus. Here is a truth that Christians must grasp. The word of God is true and perfect, but not all of the word of God is the gospel. The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ and His perfect work on the cross for our full and complete redemption. Not all scripture is about the gospel, but either points toward the gospel or explains why we need to believe in the gospel. The reason I bring this up is I have heard many times that all scripture is gospel. If you take any scripture from the Old or New Testament that points to anything other than Jesus and His perfect work on the cross, then that verse is taken out of context of the overall message of God’s grace which is fully established in the gospel of Jesus. The Old Testament points toward the New Testament and the New Testament points to the gospel of Jesus Christ. And the gospel is that Jesus’ perfect work on the cross paid the full price, once and for all, for all of our sins so we can boldly come to God separate from our fleshly actions or sacrifices, and have a relationship with Him as Adam did before his fall. This can only happen through complete faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Not only are our personal efforts of no effect on our righteous ability to come to God, but our efforts of fleshly righteousness will keep our focus off of Jesus.
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