How do we relate to God? “The other” staying somewhere very far from us? What does Bible has to say about how close we can be to God? How does this closeness force us to love our dear ones? Let us see from Hebrewes 10.
Bible text: Hebrews 10: 19-25 (click here to read the passage)
The author is now brininging out the implications of the doctrine he has been narrating from the end of 4th chapter. He has explained in detail about how great a High Priest was Jesus and how unique and powerful the sacrifice of Lord Jesus Christ was. Let us see one by one the implications of the doctrine of Christ’s sacrifice as explained by the author of Hebrews.
Before explaining the implication the author gives a short summary of some of the doctrines explained before in verses 19-21:
- We have confidence to enter the Holy Places by the blood of Jesus.
- This is the new and living way opened for us through his flesh
- We have a great High Priest over the house of God.
- Let us draw near with a true heart (22)
- Let us draw near in full assurance of faith (22)
- Let us draw near with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience (22)
- Let us draw near with our bodies washed with pure water (22)
- Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope (23)
- Let us not waver as the Lord who promised is faithful (23)
- Let us consider how we have to stir up one another to love and good works (24)
- Let us not neglect meeting together (25)
- Let us encourage one another as the Day of God’s judgement is drawing near (25)
The sacrificial death of Jesus calls us to draw near to God. Relationship and closeness with God are some of the very positive effects of Christ’s sacrifice. This closeness in turn affects our behaviour for good. Paul exhorts his readers to maintain a close relationship with Christ.What a great privilege for us sinners to be close with a Holy God!
This sacrifice individuually encourages us to clean ourselves from the evil conscience. The implication of this has to be seen in the way we approach our jobs, studies and so on. Do we extend the implication of Christ’s sacrifice beyond our personal level to the way we approach our workplace or spheres of influence. 24X7 we have to think with a renewed conscience. Not alone when we think of our personal life but also in all spheres of life.
This sacrifice of Jesus also lets us to draw closer to God with full assurance. Our past sins can not have any say. Because of Christ’s sacrifice we can establish a very closer relationship with God.
We also need to have a solid faith on our hope that we will not perish for ever rather our sins are forgiven, our lives transformed and we will live for ever and have a life of eternal joy. We have to hold on to this hope all the more as the one who promised this hope is faithful. Our meeting together as fellowship should enable us to hold firm to this hope.
Also in relation to this sacrifice, we have to be responsible to one another in encouraging each other. What Christ’s sacrifice has accomplished has to be practiced not alone individually. We are responsibile to do good works and loving one another. Fellowship gatherings have to be aimed at this. Also fellowship gatherings help us from wandering away. The believers working together in one particular institution (say a college or hospital or business firm or so on) should encourage one other to do good work for the institution. Also a student has to help his peer in doing good work in his institution. Also he is responsible to his fellow believer to help him overcome the challenges posed by the ideology of his institution and help him to establish a close relationship with God. He is also responsible to enable him to hold on to his faith inspite of all the odds he will have to face.
- What all can we do so that we can be closer to him?
- How can the meeting together at workplace encourage one another to stand firm in faith? How can these meeting enable us to foster a model love relationship within the fellowship members which serve as a good model and example for all those who notice us?
- How do we keep our full assurance of faith as we keep waiting for theLord’s day