By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Everyone wants access. The closer you get to the action, the more you feel a part of the event. Unless we are huge fans of a team or artist, many of us are at a point in lives where we would rather watch from our couches. We don’t want to fight the crowd and traffic to catch a glimpse of ants running to and fro. However, if we somehow get VIP access or “inside the ropes privileges”, we have the credentials to go wherever we desire. The security guards will give us a strange look at first, but we are home free once we show that badge. We who are saved have that special access to our Lord. Yesterday’s devotion talked about the importance of the tabernacle to the Israelites during the days of Moses up until the building of Solomon’s Temple. The priests offered both regular and yearly blood sacrifices of calves and goats to satisfy the old covenant. Jesus Christ, however, offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for man as the new covenant. He ascended to the right hand of God. Thereby, we have access to the throne if we have accepted Jesus Christ through his shed blood. Under the old covenant, only priests and high priests had access to the inner portions of the tabernacle. The sacrifices made for the atonement of sins were limited and needed regularly. Chapter 10 of Hebrews describes the perfection of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. In verse 14, we are told, “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” How great of a blessing for the believer to have unlimited access to the throne of God. We can freely and regularly request His forgiveness, strength, guidance, and action in the matters of our lives and others. Not only “can” we freely approach the throne, we must regularly commune with the Father. We do not lose our salvation once the blood as been applied, but we can lose our power, strength and closeness with our Savior if we neglect a true and close relationship with Him. Use your access freely and regularly!