Let Us Draw Near

LET US DRAW NEAR

The Holy Spirit also testifies about this. First He says: ‘This is the covenant I will make with them, after that time,’ says the Lord. ‘I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.’

Then He adds: ‘Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.’

And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary (Heb. 10: 15-18).

With the sacrifice of Jesus, God put a full stop at the end of the prophetic sentence. Everything was complete with that one sacrifice – justice satisfied, sin atoned for, forgiven and removed as far as the east is from the west, the new covenant brought into effect, with better provisions based on better promises and mediated by a better high priest.

God was now free to put into effect what He had planned and set in motion at the beginning – a family of sons and daughters who would relate to Him as a Father and who would live with Him in intimate fellowship with nothing between us to obstruct our relationship with Him.

No longer do we need to go to the priest for instruction in God’s word, He has written it on our hearts and in our minds – not just the words but the spirit of His word, His nature, who He is and who we are in Christ. We are no longer slaves but sons, and the Spirit of sonship witnesses with our spirits that we are, indeed, sons and daughters of God.

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children (Rom. 8: 15-16).

The completion of Jesus’s work brings us into a new realm of living – in God’s presence – because all obstacles have been removed. We are no longer shut out by a heavy curtain beyond which we are not permitted to go. We no longer need to rely on an earthly high priest to mediate for us. We have a permanent high priest in the presence of God, who presents His own blood as an atoning sacrifice for our sin. We no longer have to wait for another Day of Atonement before we can receive the assurance that our sin has been forgiven for another year. Our sin has been removed – forever.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is His body, and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water (Heb. 10: 19-22).

At last! This is what God has been waiting for – from the moment Adam sinned – His children restored to fellowship with Himself. What an invitation!

The Creator God of the universe, King of the nations, extends His sceptre towards us with the unconditional invitation to draw near. And yet – how few accept that invitation and truly draw near! We come with our crises; we come with our grocery lists of needs; we come with our gripes and complaints; we even come pouting, with our mistrust and suspicion, and we hope to get a reply by next week, or immediately if we need His intervention now! Is that what He means by drawing near?

David, a man who was still part of the old system, who did not know Jesus, who walked with God under the provisions of the old covenant, understood what it was like to draw near.

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple (Psa. 27: 4).

Something happens when we draw near and gaze on the beauty of the Lord. We are transformed – like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon after weeks of resting – metamorphosed into something ethereal and beautiful.

And we all who, with unveiled faces, contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit (2 Cor. 3; 18).

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Luella Campbell


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