It is remarkable that we have access to the Creator of the Universe. It is stunning that we can spend time with the heavenly Father, the Shepherd of our soul. It is amazing that we can sit and listen to the Bread of Life impart wisdom to us when we need it. It is comforting to know the Holy Spirit is our Advocate. It is strengthening to know He, the Faithful One, is just and will forgive us if we confess our sin to Him.
Do you feel ill at ease or unwelcome when you approach God? Or do you feel comfortable and welcome anytime?
My wife and I benefitted from some neighborly hospitality recently. Friends invited us over for a meal and we entered their home to soft music, a warm atmosphere, great food, and wonderful conversation. Our friends made us feel welcome, wanted, needed, and important.
Think about it.
The same principle applies when we come into the presence of our Holy God. This was made clear in the Old Testament Tabernacle, which was a symbolic representation of how people interact with the Living and True God. The “house of symbols” that is described in Exodus 25-27 was built and shaped and arranged to teach us about how to enter the presence of the Mighty God. God sets the conditions by which we have access and permission to enter His presence. That way is entirely through faith in Jesus Christ, His Son.
Consider the example of the bronze altar of sacrifice (Exodus 27:1-8). The altar stands for judgment on sin. The killing of the goats and sheep on this altar symbolized the results of sin, which is death. Therefore, the unmerciful death of an innocent animal, in place of a person who committed the sin, pointed them ultimately toward the One who would come to die as our Substitute, in other words, Jesus, the sinless Lamb of God who comes to take away the sins of the world.
When He died on the cross at Calvary, the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus was sufficient to atone for the sin of everyone, just as John declared in John 1:29.
Read Hebrews 9:15-22.
We can approach God only on His terms. The only way to receive God’s forgiveness is by putting your faith, hope, and trust in the action God offers through the death of His Son. When He shed His blood, he paid the necessary price to set each of us free from the sins committed under the first covenant. God offers you a gift you cannot purchase.
Since the death of Christ, the promised eternal inheritance (verse 15) is available to the beneficiaries of His action. That’s why Jesus is the mediator of a new covenant (verse 16). His atoning death means the inheritance is real and available for those who accept what Christ did on the cross. Jesus died as a ransom to buy back our reconciliation to God.
What qualities in God led Him to provide for us a way of salvation and entrance into His presence? Have you received Jesus Christ by faith as your Savior? If so, keep on loving Him and serving others. If not, do so today. The door to salvation is open and He is inviting you in to relationship with Him. There is nothing you can do to earn your salvation. Accept His gift.
Grow devotionally. Faith in Jesus is the key that opens the door to God.
Love is a verb,
©2019 by Mike Olejarz