The question is inevitable and so is it’s conclusion, “Where do I belong?” Each human will ask this question of himself, and with that question comes a choice. He either acknowledges that his existence has been imprinted in his Creator’s image, or he will develop a divergent philosophy from his life circumstances and those around him. No matter what the philosophy is, the end will be the same: “every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”(Philippians 2:11). With this in mind, it would be prudent to ensure that you’re in the corner of your Creator.
Those who have chosen to recognize Jesus as their Savior know that we have been made bloodworthy heirs of Christ. The blood of Jesus is not a theoretical pleasantry nor part of the imagery included in a deluded myth. The blood of Jesus is a once-and-for all reality! Ephesians 1:7 declares, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” It’s the mortar that set the capstone of our redemption into place.
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” -Ephesians 2:13
In the United States, rampant materialism has clogged the faith of the mainstream church and in turn, the blood of Jesus has been treated as nothing more than a distant symbol. Consequently, our churches are stacked with believers who are uninformed in regards to the relevant, daily power of Jesus’ blood. When it comes to walking in the power of the blood, we approach it more like secular humanists instead of ransomed prisoners. The blood of Jesus Christ was and is God the Father’s price for our ransom, redemption, and renewal. 1 Corinthians 6:20 leaves no doubt to how we entered into the service of God, “You were bought at a price.”
God did not stop at ransoming us either, for he brought us the redemption of eternity that Romans 3:25 depicts, “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.” As one can see, the shedding of blood for the forgiveness of sins is the metanarrative found in the Gospel (Hebrews 9:22). We could not save ourselves before we became Christians and the fact remains even after salvation. This is where renewal by the blood of Christ comes in, and it’s an everyday battle.
“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”-Hebrews 9:14-15
The will of God was and is found in the promise of Hebrews 10:10, “We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Because we constantly sin, the soul and mind become a wasteland of unrighteousness. Holiness comes with repentance and entrance into God’s rest that he has provided for us. Entering this rest means that we pursue the promised authenticity of it in the first place. He who desires to rest under the shadow of the Almighty must yield to the faith in the One who sits at his right hand. The shadow of the Almighty is difficult to perceive when one ignores the blood that was shed so that the shadow may be cast over us in the first place. How do we enter this rest? We listen to the prodding of the Holy Spirit, who is our advocate, and enter into prayer with focus on this verse.
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” -Hebrews 10:19-22 (emphasis added)
Drawing near to God is a necessity, and it’s done through prayer, worship, and obedience. If we display “the full assurance of faith” Jesus our High Priest will do that which is necessary in the heavenly realms to permit us entrance into the rest. These principles are not science fiction either; if we trust that Jesus is our intercessor, then we will have confidence to enter the throne room of grace (Hebrews 4:16).
“Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” -Romans 5:9
When Jesus gave up his spirit and the curtain to the holy of holies was turn, a pathway was made. No longer was the holy of holies sealed off except for once a year. We have access to the throne room of God through the Holy Spirit! However, it requires us to get off the couch and go into our prayer room. We are often unwilling to do so, and another price has been paid by Christians. This time around, we pay the price of willful ignorance through inactivity. Drawing near to God doesn’t happen with a snap of our fingers at the moment we decide to wake out of our spiritual slumber. It requires faith and patience, which are two things that are packed away by spiritual sluggishness. On the other hand, if we come with reverence and repentance, there’s no telling what sublime restoration the wonders of God’s rest can do for us! This is the great pursuit that we must take, and though the road may often seem distant and intangible, we must press forward into the provided peace of Christ.
“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” -Revelation 12:11
Kevin Cochrane is a nineteen year old writer with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with ears to hear to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. The great pursuit of his life is to live by the words he writes. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.