Drawing Near to God

Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 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. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

The wonderful thing about our salvation is its the only salvation that exists. It’s the only way to be forgiven of sin with the promise you won’t die alone and go to hell.  Jesus will be with us and take us to heaven. Religion doesn’t help. Founders of religions are already dead and gone. What help they offer is only in this life. How can a religious leader who is dead do anything for you in the afterlife?

Christianity is different.  The only true God is ours. We see how he feels toward us and how much he loves us. He tells us what is wrong with us and why.  It’s not God’s fault. It’s not in our genes. The fault lies in the fact that we’re all sinners. Adam and Eve sinned and fell from God in the Garden; sin came upon us all. We were born with the capacity to sin and when the choice was given to choose God or sin, we chose sin. God wants to deliver but he can’t save a person until he admits he is a sinner.

Many tell us there is nothing wrong with sin. The Word of God tells us differently.  The Word is alive and is the Word of Truth. It shows us where we’re fallen and what we must do for God to bring us back to him.  The access is through the veil of Jesus Christ. Sin is a curtain, a veil, that separates us from God. There is no way we can go through the curtain. Because of sin God had to put it there. When Jesus came to earth he became the veil. He became God the man. He was tempted in every way as we are. He became our veil and took our sins, everyone of them to Calvary.  Every wound was a tear in the veil. Through the rips and tears we can be saved and enter in. God can put his hand through the veil and bring us to himself.

God was the first to draw near. Through the tearing of his body, the wall of partition that separated us from God was taken down. God has drawn as near as he ever will. The devil doesn’t want you to see it. Because of Jesus’ death on Calvary, God reaches through; we’re all within reach of God through Jesus Christ.  He’s our Savior and now sits at the right hand of the Father. Our responsibility is not to back away. So, you don’t like how it makes you feel? That’s because you love your sin. If I was not responsible for my sin, Jesus wouldn’t have died and took it for me.

I know I’m saved. That causes me to draw near to God. Don’t draw back and lose any hope of heaven. If there is ever a time to draw near, it is now. Reach out. Inside the veil is safety. Nobody died for us before Jesus and no one else is needed.  Verse 10 says By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. No one else is qualified. He did it all.  We can’t even do it for ourselves.

Through Jesus there is a new and living way. If we could hear and see heaven for only 30 seconds even the hardest heart would want to leave this world and go.  It’s ours if we draw near to the Lord. He’ll never force anyone. If you are saved, is there a nearer relationship with him needed? Are you as close as you want to be?  Need to be? If you’re not saved, Jesus stands as your Savior. Through his wounds there is access to God. If you trust him as the living Savior he will bring you through the veil. When your life is over, in a new body, you’ll be in heaven.

The choice is ours: draw back or draw near.

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