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Hebrews 10:19-25 – A Call to Approach God in Confident Faith

Summary

Through his death, Jesus opens a way for people to draw near to God. Believers follow him and live by faith.

Analysis

The inner chamber of Israel's sanctuary was the holy of holies, where only the high priest was permitted to approach God. Yet here Hebrews invites all who have been redeemed by Christ the high priest to follow him into the presence of God in the sanctuary. The invitation does not refer to a physical movement into a holy place but to a movement of faith. By holding firmly to the confession of faith in what Christ has done, people can approach God confidently in prayer and continue joining together with others in worship. Hebrews was written for discouraged Christians, and this vivid invitation is designed to help renew a sense of personal trust in God and a revitalized commitment to life in community.

Hebrews 10:19-25

A Call to Persevere

19 Therefore, my friends,* since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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