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31) Hebrews - Chapter 10:19 and following
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Hebrews 10:19 - Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the Holy Place by the blood of Jesus
Hebrews 10:20 - by the Way which He dedicated for us, a new and living Way, through the veil, that is to say, His
                          flesh;
Hebrews 10:21 - and having a great Priest over the house of God;
Hebrews 10:22 - let us draw near with a true heart in fullness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil
                          conscience: and having our body washed with pure water
Hebrews 10:23 - let us hold fast the confession of our hope that it waver not; for He is faithful that promised
Hebrews 10:24 - and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works
Hebrews 10:25 - not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another;
                          and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh
We need not be fearful, trembling souls, with inferiority, before a forgiving Christ.  Salvation has been planned; let
us accept it at once.  Come with confidence.  1st John 3:21 - "Beloved, if our heart condemns us not, we have
boldness toward God."  The high priest of old entered with fear and trembling because if he neglected a small item
he could expect death, but we may enter with assurance of life.

Holy Place: Does he mean heaven or the church?  Heaven itself is where Deity dwells.  He dedicated for us a new
and living Way.  The new and living Way is in contrast to the old way.
       a) It is a Way prepared by a living Savior, in contrast to the lifeless pavement trodden by the high priest
       b) We attain it by a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).
       c) "New" means "freshly slain, newly slain - Properly, lately slaughtered."

Christ's way is so superior to the old covenant that a Jew is foolish to fail to see it.  Christ's flesh is the veil here in
the figure, but it is spoken of in another sense by Jesus.  John 6:54 - "Whoso eats My flesh, and drinks My blood
hath eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day."

We do not serve Him as Priest; He serves us.  But of course Christ has other relationships with His people which
demand service.

Let us draw hear Here we have the approach of man to his God.
       a) It must be done, and done correctly
       b) Proper attitudes are symbolized in the Old Testament.
               1) Without washing, the priests were not allowed to minister, and
               2) This symbolized the washing of the inward heart.

We cannot come to God unrepentant and unclean in heart.

Having our hearts sprinkled - This is symbolism; you can't actually sprinkle your heart.  Compare 1st John 1:9 - "If
we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  
The Christian can never forget his sin and be free, but he can feel that his conscience is cleansed.

Observe these similar New Testament verses: Titus 3:5 of regeneration - according to His mercy He saved us
through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.

With pure water - "It doesn't refer to literal baptism for it is just as effective with muddy water as with pure water."  
Nor does he mean purified water?  There is no instruction as to purification in the New Testament.  In the case of
Philip and the eunuch, no purification of the water took place.  On Pentecost, no purification of water is suggested.  
If actual clean water is meant here literally, then at times the Jordan and many streams would delay baptism until the
muddy season expired.

Let us hold fast the - Man's job, not God's, is stated here.
       a) 1st Thessalonians 5:21 - "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."
       b) 2nd Timothy 1:13 - "Hold fast the pattern of sound words."
       c) Hebrews 3:6 - "Whose house we are, if we hold fast our boldness and the glory of our hope firm unto the
                                    end."
       d) Hebrews 4:14 - "Having a great High Priest, let us hold fast our confession."
       e) Revelation 2:25 - "Nevertheless that which ye have, hold fast till I come."
       f)  Revelation 3:3 - "Hold fast and repent."
       g) Revelation 3:11 - "Hold fast which thou hast."

And let us consider.  One another - We are our brother's keeper, although Cain inferred otherwise.  We can't live
the Christian life alone, and we must be considerate of others.

To provoke means "to excite, to stir up."  "Our lives are to be salt, light, leaven and provocation.  Matthew 5:16 -
unto love and good works.  Too many Christians have made people mad and disgusted instead of encouraged to
good work.  Love for one another, love for the Lord, the church, good works, must be encouraged by our lives.

Not forsaking our own assembling together - Nothing is accomplished without assembling.
       a) Political rallies depend upon assemblies for victories.
       b) Education, for sharing of knowledge, depends on regular attendance.

We have definite reason for assembling
       a) To worship God.
       b) To fellowship with his people.
       c) To commemorate Christ's death.

Observe "assembling" in the scripture:  Acts 2:42 and 44-46: "And all that believed were together - continuing
steadfastly with one accord."  Acts 4:23:  "Being let go they came to their own company."  See also Acts 4:32, Acts
5:12-14, Acts 11:26, Acts 12:12.

As the custom of some is - Perhaps because of persecution some were neglectful.  What excuse is there for people
who have such a custom today?  Freedom of worship has come to mean "free not to worship."  Those who neglect
to worship are those who neglect to encourage, to pray and to pay.