“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, 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. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
The apostle, having now finished the doctrinal part of his epistle and fully shown the superiority of Christ to all men and angels and the superiority of His priesthood to that of Aaron and his successors, the absolute ineffectiveness of the Jewish sacrifices to make atonement for sin, and the absolute effectiveness of that of Christ to make reconciliation of man to God, now proceeds to show what influence these doctrines should have on the hearts and lives of those who believe in Him.
Boldness to enter, liberty, full access to the entrance of the holy place. This is a reference to the case of the high priest going into the holy of holies. He went with fear and trembling because if he had neglected the smallest item prescribed by the law then he could expect nothing but death.
Genuine believers can come even to the throne of God with confidence as they carry into the Divine presence the infinitely meritorious blood of the great atonement; and, being justified through that blood, they have a right to all the blessings of the eternal kingdom.
Today’s modern concerns have become infested with more greedy desires and ambitions …
Hebrews 13:5-6 states “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Here are earnest exhortations to several Christian duties, especially contentment. The sin opposed to this grace and duty is covetousness, an over-eager desire for the wealth of this world, with envy of those who have more than ourselves.
A major issue in today’s society are people enslaved by the constant concern for paying bills … until they die. Then it all becomes for naught. Possessions are passed on, finances are redistributed into the same repetitive system.
Having treasures in heaven, we may be content with moderate things here. Those who cannot be so would not be content even though God raised their condition.
Adam was in paradise yet not content; some angels in heaven were not content; but the apostle Paul, though abased and empty, had learned in every state, in any state, to be content.
Christians have reason to be content with their present lot. This promise contains the sum and substance of all the promise.
God said “I will never, no, never leave thee, no, never forsake thee.”
In the first few verses of Hebrews chapter 13 there are precisely five negatives put together, to confirm the promise: the true believer shall have the gracious presence of God with him in life, at death, and in eternity. Men can do nothing against God and God can make all things that men do against His people, turn to their good.