Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near 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.
The writer of Hebrews is talking about confidence to enter the holy places...
Confidence to be in the presence of God
Having assurance that we stand before God accepted, and clean.
In the Old Testament,
Confidence to enter the holy places.
In the Old Testament, for pople to have any such confidence, they would have to enter the temple with a sin offering, and a lamb or a goat without blemish would have to be sacrificed.
In the Old Testament, the holy place was the temple, and to
The blood of the animal would serve as a sin offering, and the blood was said to be a covering for their sins.
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
But now, Jesus has shed His blood once and for all.
He gave up His body as a sacrifice, once and for all.
And because of that, we who believe in Him can have perfect confidence to enter the holy places, to be in God’s presence, to approach His throne of grace.
Because His blood has washed us clean and purified us from all guilt, we have absolutely full assurance that He will keep us until He returns for us, or calls us home.
This table is a picture and a reminder of these truths.
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,