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Passage of the Week – November 14, 2010

November 14, 2010

Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

(Hebrews 10:19-25 NASB)

 

Christians are an interesting lot. Our confession is that we are saved from our sin by the blood of Christ and not through our own deeds. Yet, all too often we fear to come before God in prayer and worship because of some infraction or guilt. The author of Hebrews here reminds us that we have confidence to enter into God’s presence in worship and communion because of the very blood that has been shed for us. We are encouraged by the very word of God to hold fast to our confession because of the sacrifice of Christ. How could we abandon the confession that has set us free and allowed us to come into the presence of the King of kings.

We are also reminded here that we need each other. This is a lesson I have been reminded of this week. I realized I had been isolating myself and that I desperately needed the fellowship and support of my brothers and sisters. Today I learned of a fellow Christian who is much like I have been in trying to go it alone. This saddens me deeply. You see, our faith and confession are not just personal, they are also corporate. We are not simply all subjects of the same King. We are brothers and sisters all adopted by the same Father who is the King. One cannot hold to a confession that is as offensive to the world as this one while standing alone. We cannot hope to stand alone against the enemies of our faith. We need each other. We need to pray and uphold each other throughout the good times and the bad. This is the way God intended the Church to function.

As you go about your lives this week remember to make sure you are walking the path of righteousness that has been well trodden by those who have come before you. Remember also to walk with others, support them and allow yourself to be supported. If you see someone trying to walk alone come along side them, encourage them, and pray for them. Only together can we stand.

 

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