from the devotional book, PICTURES OF GOD
Hebrews 4:14-16; 10:19-25; 12:18-24
Before Jesus Christ, God’s holiness was often met with fear…with shame…with vain attempts to make themselves worthy. For some who unworthily came too near God, His holiness brought death.
In Jesus Christ, we draw near to our holy God
- at His special invitation
- with a clean conscience
- completely blameless
- with confidence and full assurance
- in the glad and loving company of other children of God
- with great joy
- assured that He is always ready to give us whatever we need
The book of Hebrews paints a beautiful picture of all the wonderful realities that are now ours in Jesus Christ. My favorite is Hebrews 2:11:
Both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren (NASB).
Jesus Christ is holy, transcendent, and utterly sinless and pure. Without Him, we are the opposite. But as we trust Him, He gladly puts His arms around us and calls us His brothers and sisters. By simple faith, we become children of the same Father and are welcomed as members of the family.
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15, NASB)