From Daniel's Desk on 1/21/20
My Title: We have a GREAT HIGH PRIEST
My Verse: 16
"16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
We have a WORTHY and JUST JUDGE who KNOWS and SYMPATHIZES with our WEAKNESS! He has been tempted in EVERY RESPECT as we are. LET THAT SINK IN.
Knowing that... ALSO KNOW that God's WRATH IS COMING and it IS JUST. His Word is sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart! You CANNOT survive the scrutiny of God's perfect law. That's why we CANNOT work to GAIN God's rest.
JESUS earned it. He did it. He accepted the FULL OUTPOURING of God's WRATH. Once for ALL and FOR ALL TIME. He did it so that if we believe, we DON'T have to EARN God's love or His rest, we already have God's love and we can't earn His rest... we can only accept it.
So we are told to APPROACH THE THRONE OF GRACE with CONFIDENCE (in what Jesus has accomplished) to receive MERCY and FIND GRACE to HELP in time of need.
WHILE THE PROMISE OF ENTERING HIS REST STILL STANDS... REACH IT! IT'S NOT YET TOO LATE!
His patience is SO THAT all could come to faith in Jesus.
For WE WHO HAVE BELIEVED enter that rest as HE HAS SAID... "As I SWORE in my wrath, 'They shall not enter my rest.'"
Vs. 6 "Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of DISOBEDIENCE."
TODAY is THE day! - Vs. 7 "... Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts."
God WASN'T speaking of His promised land as "His rest" because if Joshua had brought it then He wouldn't have spoken of a future rest. - So it was still speaking of a Sabbath rest for God's people. Whoever has entered God's rest has ALSO rested from his works as God did from His.
God's been telling one story and giving us pictures of His plan and purpose since the beginning of His creation!
SO we don't WORK to fulfill the law and so avoid God's wrath. God's WRATH IS COMING and the LAW shows us that it is coming for us ALL... EXCEPT those who BELIEVE that He has ALREADY poured out His WRATH ON HIS SON so that we can ESCAPE IT. - For those who believe WILL NOT PERISH but enter into HIS REST of eternal life. - LET US THEREFORE STRIVE TO ENTER THAT REST, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience!
It's not to work INTO His rest. If we believe in Jesus we already have access to it, we strive to help as many as we can enter the same rest by avoiding the disobedience of disbelief!
We must give an account! - The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
HERE'S THE BEAUTIFUL PART - WE HAVE A GREAT HIGH PRIEST WHO HAS PASSED THROUGH THE HEAVENS, JESUS, THE SON OF GOD, LET US HOLD FAST OUR CONFESSION. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses.
Jesus was tempted as we are! <-- STOP and think about that minute.
BECAUSE Jesus UNDERSTANDS our EVERY temptation... let us draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive MERCY and FIND GRACE to HELP in the TIME of NEED!!!