Some quotes about our glorious access to the presence of God

By Jason McConahy,

This weekend  we looked deeper at the glory of the New Covenant - that Jesus entered into heaven itself through His own blood, granting us confident and bold access to our Heavenly Father.  Here are some quotes that I came across recently that highlight this glorious reality.  I hope these words encourage you to draw near WITH CONFIDENCE TO THE THRONE OF GOD'S GRACE for all that concerns you today!

(PS - All of these quotes came from firstimportance.org, a great site to make your homepage for daily reminders...)

"Since the soul-enriching path of prayer is open to the very weakest saint; since no high attainments are required; since you are not bidden to come because you are an advanced saint, but freely invited if you be a saint at all; see to it, dear reader, that you are often in the way of private devotion. Be much on your knees, for so Elijah drew the rain upon famished Israel’s fields."   C.H. Spurgeon

"The wonder of the high priestly ministry of Christ lies not just in where he is, but in who he is. Where he is we may boldly go; he has opened the way to the sanctuary of heaven and the throne of grace. Prayer enters where God dwells. But the boldness of our approach rests on who he is. We know him because he has first known us, and knows us still in all our helplessness and need."  Edward Clowney

"The great encouragement to draw near to God is Jesus, at the right hand of God. He is our interceding High Priest, He is our Advocate with the Father, our Kinsman-Redeemer within the veil. Coming through Him, the poorest, the vilest, the most abject, may approach the throne of grace with lowly boldness.  The all-powerful, all-helpful, all-loving, all-tender Saviour and High Priest, is waiting to present the petition, and urge its acceptance, and plead for its answer, on the basis of His own infinite and atoning merits."    John McDuff

The Glorious Promises (Realities) of the New Covenant

By Jason McConahy,

This last weekend, in our study through Hebrews, we looked at the glorious promises that are at the heart of the New Covenant (Hebrews 8:6-13).  This New Covenant was anticipated by the prophet Jeremiah, and its promises are now ours in substance through Christ.  Let these simple yet profound basics of the Gospel wash your heart this week.  Let's keep our eyes on Jesus by keeping our eyes on these wondrous truths in faith...

 

Tansformation - "I will write my laws on their hearts…"

When you were born again through faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit came in and made you brand new (regenerate) at the core of your being (Titus 3:5, 2 Cor 5:17).  This means that at the deepest part of who you are, regardless of how strong and real the battle with sin is at times, you truly long to please Christ and walk in a manner worthy of the gospel.  Not only do you desire it, but the power to do it is yours as well because the Spirit now dwells in you to strengthen you, convict you of sin, lead you into all truth, and bear forth fruit in your life!

 

Acceptance - "I will be their God, and they shall be My people…"

If you know Christ, you are unconditionally loved and accepted by God.  That is because He accepts you based upon the perfect merits of Jesus, not based upon your own personal level of obedience or righteousness.  What a wonderful place of blessing!  You are His child (Rom 8:15-17).  Think of how this impacts the motive for daily living.  Because you are His child, you are not trying to earn His favor by the way you live, nor are you worried about losing His favor when you fail to live as He calls you to.  You are free to imitate Christ exactly because you already are His beloved child (Eph 5:1).

 

Forgiveness - "I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more…"

When we fail to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel, when we sin, we are not condemned (Rom 8:1).  That is because all of our sin has been completely paid for by our Savior through His death on the cross.  He has paid it all (Col 2:13-14, Eph 1:7)!  What freedom and joy there is in being a forgiven person!  What thankfulness and worship this glorious forgiveness produces (Psalm 103)!