Draw Near, Hold Fast, & Fellowship (Heb 10.19-25)

by Sean Finnegan on September 17, 2006
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Hebrews 10.19-25

Since we have confidence to enter the holy place
structure of tabernacle & temple {Exodus 26.31-35; 1 Kings 6.16, 22-28; 8.6-10}
holiness & ritual purity {Exodus 28.29; 29.41; Leviticus 21.21-23; 2 Chronicles 26.16-21}
gravity of the holy place {Exodus 28.35; 28.43; Leviticus 10.1-2}
frequency and manner in which priest entered the holy place {Leviticus 16.2-3, 16, 20; Hebrews 9.1-10}
- by the blood of Jesus {Hebrews 9.11-12}
- by a new and living way {Hebrews 9.24-26; 10.11-13}
- which he inagurated for us through the veil--his flesh {Matthew 27.50-51}

Since we have a great priest over the house of God {Psalm 110.4-7; Hebrews 7.14-28}

Let us draw near
the common people were held at a distance from God (who dwelt above the ark in the Holy of Holies)
- with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith
heart = the inner life of a person (one's thoughts, will, emotions, or character)
- having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience{Leviticus 8.30; Hebrews 9.13-14}
- having our bodies washed with pure water {Leviticus 8.6; 16.24; 2 Peter 2.5, 9}

Let us hold fast
- the confession of our hope [not faith as in AV] without wavering {Hebrews 3.6, 14; 4.1-2, 14-16; 6.11-20; 12.1-3}
- for he who promised is faithful {2 Peter 3.9}

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 {Acts 1.13-14; 2.42}
discontinuance of common fellowship is fatal for perseverance in the faith
- but encouraging one another{Hebrews 3.13}
encouragement cannot take place in isolation
- and all the more as you see the Day drawing near
everything is done in light of the great day of the LORD
we must remind one another that we live from day to day in anticipation of that Day at the end of the age (Matthew 6.33)
2 Thessalonians 1.6-10; Romans 13.11-14

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