Enter God's Presence With Boldness
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus— 20 he has inaugurated for us a new and living way through the curtain (that is, through his flesh)— (Hebrews 10:19-20)
We have seen how Christ established the new covenant due to the inability of the first covenant to spur change within the individual. Because of Christ’s death on the cross, “through the blood of Jesus”, fellow believers should have the attitude of “boldness,” or confidence, to “enter the sanctuary,” meaning to be in God’s presence and enter a relationship with Him. No longer is there a barrier between God and man, but all believers can confidently enter into God’s presence, being presented clean and made alive, as seen in Ephesians 2:5, “made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!” There is also the expectation now to live out a “new and living way.” Paul explained how the old covenant law only brought about death versus the new covenant established by Christ brought about this new life as seen in Romans 8:1-3 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering.“ Reiterated again, when Christ died on the cross, the curtain in the temple that separated the Most Holy Place and the people was torn in half, showing that through Christ being our High Priest, believers have access to God directly. There are many challenges and tribulations that believers will face. Yet, Jesus Christ provides the strength and power to maintain this new life freely to His followers. Because of this, believers can enter God’s presence with boldness when they are in need.
Isaac De Guzman