Week 8 – Day 6

Heb. 4:16 Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help.

7:25 …He is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.

10:22 Let us come forward to the Holy of Holies with a true heart in full assurance of faith…

  The book of Hebrews firstly shows us the heavenly Christ who is within the veil, within the Holy of Holies (6:19-20),…as our High Priest (4:14; 7:26), as the heavenly Minister (8:2), and as the Mediator of the new covenant (8:6; 9:15; 12:24). As our High Priest, He is there interceding for us and ministering all the riches of God into us. As the heavenly Minister, He is carrying out His excellent ministry for us, and as the Mediator of the new covenant, He is executing all the contents of the new covenant for our enjoyment.

  After showing us the heavenly Christ within the veil, the book of Hebrews encourages us to enter within the veil,…look away unto Him, and…consider Him (10:19-20, 22; 12:2-3; 3:1)…in order to receive the transfusion and infusion of Him. Of course, we can only do this by exercising our spirit….Our spirit is joined to the heavenly Holy of Holies. When we turn to our spirit and exercise it, we enter within the veil. Here we participate in the heavenly ministry of the heavenly Christ. Here we are saturated and permeated with all the divine riches that make us the corporate reproduction of the firstborn Son of God for His expression. Here we receive grace and are strengthened to go outside the camp and follow Him on the pathway of the cross. (Life-study of Hebrews, p. 633)

Today’s Reading

  It is difficult for Christian readers to understand why the writer of Hebrews mentions the spirit in 4:12. As he is comparing Christ with Judaism, he suddenly says, “The word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit.”…This verse shows us the key to experiencing Christ—our spirit which is joined to the Holy of Holies….The Lord Jesus Christ is with our spirit (2 Tim. 4:22). Grace is with our spirit (Gal. 6:18)….We must go to our spirit. The Holy of Holies, God’s economy, and even the fulfillment of God’s economy are all related to our spirit. What we need today is to enter within the veil by getting into the spirit. (Life-study of Hebrews, p. 637)

  We should walk, live, and have our being according to this spirit. Sometimes as I am about to speak to certain people, I am checked: “Will you say this from yourself or from Him who is with you in your spirit?…” We may say the right thing, but we may say it by the wrong person, that is, by our self. We must say the right thing by the right person, and we must also do the right thing by the right person. Quite often we speak of loving the saints. However, we must be careful by what person we love others—by our self or by Christ. We should not forget that as believers in Christ, we have two persons: we have our self, the old person, and we have the Lord Jesus, the new person. We surely need to do the right thing, the good thing, the excellent thing, but we must go further to check by what person we do things….We should not live in our own person; rather, we need to live according to the spirit and remain in our spirit.

  At times we may laugh, but if we laugh too much, we get out of our spirit. Then,…we may silence ourself and go to our bedroom to pray, “Lord, forgive me; I have laughed too much. I want to come back to my spirit to be with You.” We need to remain in the spirit continuously. First, we need to call on Him, to exercise our spirit; then we need to live according to our spirit, and then remain in our spirit. In Revelation 1:10 the apostle John said that he was in spirit on the Lord’s Day; that is, he was remaining in his spirit. (Life-study of Isaiah, p. 354)

  Further Reading: Life-study of Hebrews, msgs. 57, 27; Life-study of Isaiah, msg. 47