You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
19 Having [echo] therefore [oun], brethren [adelphos], boldness [parrhesia] to [eis] enter [eisodos] into the holiest [hagion] by [en] the blood [haima] of Jesus [Iesous],
20 By a new [prosphatos] and [kai] living [zao] way [hodos], which [hos] he hath consecrated [egkainizo] for us [hemin], through [dia] the veil [katapetasma], that is to say [toutesti], his [autos] flesh [sarx];
21 And [kai] having an high [megas] priest [hiereus] over [epi] the house [oikos] of God [theos]; KJV-Interlinear
19 Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, NASB
If a person tries to get back into Gods presence based on his own character, his own works, or his own religious affiliation, he will find no access.
When Adam sinned, God put him out of the Garden and placed the angels and the flaming sword to guard the entrance? All men were forbidden, on penalty of death, to enter into His presence in the Holy of Holies?
No one could get back into the perfect environment which God provides, based on their own works or effort. No one can get into heaven on their own.
No one can back into the presence of, or even approach God based on their own works or effort.
Any person can only regain access to God by following Gods plan and not their own. The penalty of death belongs to unbelievers only, for their rejection of God and Gods plan. When you reject Gods plan, then you automatically reject God.
But now, the writer says Jesus' work on the Cross, in effect, has quenched the fiery swords of the angels, and He has torn in two, the veil of the Holy of Holies. If you come through Him, Christ, you not only can come into Gods presence, but you can come with confidence.
Through Christ there is no longer any threat of death, nor any angels standing guard at the gates of the garden (heaven).
The Garden of Eden is of course representative, a shadow, of heaven where even Satan once lived before he fell in his own arrogance. When Satan first sinned, the Garden of Eden on this earth did not yet exist.
13 'You were in Eden, the garden of God;' NASB
There are only two possible consequences to hearing the gospel. You either believe it or you don't. You either accept Christ as your savior, or you don't. There is no third choice. You cannot modify the gospel, or make up your own method of accessing God. Although that is the intent of every religion that exists. They try to gain access to God or some higher plane of existence, by means of a path that has been invented by man.
It is interesting to note that mankind has tried to invent ways into the spiritual realm, and those doing the inventing have never been there. None of us have ventured beyond this life and returned back to tell about it all. At least not legitimately.
Just as people decide how the universe was formed, or how life began, having never been their at the time of the beginning. Yet many billions of people throughout history will follow, based on emotion or popular belief, a philosophy even when it has no basis in fact.
The Bible provides the only true faith which has existed since the beginning of time, and has documentation and corroboration many times over, since Adam, and certainly since Moses.
Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, all of the gods of folklore, Islam, and all of the more recently invented religions, cannot match the documentation and history and authenticity of the Bible. Certainly none of them have any of the prophetic records and accuracy that the Bible contains.
Since we can all look around and see that life isn't permanent, what with accidents, death, cemeteries and hospitals and such, that give us the certain knowledge that life eventually ends. Then it is only reasonable for a person to wonder about what comes after life and what theology or philosophy teaches us the truth.
This gives us only two categories of thought to consider. First is the idea that man by mans own effort, can define his life after death. All religions and philosophies of the world pursue this idea. The second idea is that which is taught by the Bible. That we have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and not from the energy of our own effort, but based on the work of Christ on the Cross.
All of the other religions, which teach many varied ideas, therefore they can't all be true. Since they all depend on mans effort, then they should have by now produced some concrete evidence of their effectiveness, yet death still exists. No confidence exists in their promises.
The Bible provides us with an absolute confidence and certainty that what it teaches, is real and true.
Therefore, since we have a great High Priest who resides in heaven and represents us before God, then our confidence should be certain. Not only that, if this is true, and it is, then the many other principles of doctrine and the spiritual life, and the promises it discloses to us, must be true as well.
So now once the question of salvation has been decided by your believing in Christ, then you only have to decide to commit your life to the pursuit of the greater promises of the spiritual life, by advancing to spiritual maturity.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.