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March 1, 2009
INTRODUCTION: Spiritual wealth does not consist merely in possessions but in knowledge and use. God's grace needs appropriation if it is to be operative. In this passage we see the association of "having" and "let us"; because we possess, we ought to use and enjoy.
The believer today has an access to God far greater than anything allowed by the O.T. rituals, and he, therefore, needs to avail himself of it. The worshipper who has come to know the Lord through drawing near must beware of the danger of drifting back into a dead Judaism. The believer needs to press on in his new relationship with Jesus. They were tempted by persecution, along with other challenges, to give up Christ, to be quitters. Boldness (courage) is the need of the hour.
The writer is exhorting believers to faith and patient endurance based on the theological truth it presents. He is not so much attempting to enlighten their minds in important doctrinal issues as he is attempting to use those doctrines to move their wills to obedience to the truth.
I. THE INVITATION TO WORSHIP. 19-21
"enter the Holiest"
"let us draw near"
The word worship became worthship and involves attributing worth to God.
Hebrew word means to bow down, to prostrate oneself. The act of bowing is intended to reflect one's acknowledgement of God's worth. It reflects the ancient custom of kissing the earth as a means of honoring deities.
William Temple (Archbishop of Canterbury 1942-44)
"Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose, and all of this gathered up in adoration."
A. THE ACCESS TO THE ONE TO BE WORSHIPPED. 19
"therefore" – reminds us that in vv.11-18, God m ...
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