The Word of God works!


Hebrews 10:19 states an incredible truth: "Therefore, brothers... we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus". The word "therefore" points us back to the entire discussion from Heb. 8:1 through 10:18 concerning the old and new covenants and the old and new priesthoods. In particular, it emphasizes the main statement made in 8:1-2: “Now the point of what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, One who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man."  The word "therefore" points us toward the application of what has previously been said.  On the basis of the truth stated in the previous chapters, we are now exhorted to do something, and something very important: to enter the very presence of God.

Every theological affirmation in Scripture has a practical application. There is no such thing as the purely theoretical in the kingdom of God. Every statement of Scripture is meant to work in real life. And the flip side is equally true: there is no such thing as merely practical. Every practical application must have a theological foundation to it. The kingdom of God will not advance with people who have a lot of Bible knowledge but have not put it into practice. If that is the case, they don’t have real Bible knowledge! And equally, the kingdom of God will not move forward with people who are out there doing a lot of things only because they had some bright idea, attended the latest church growth conference or read the seven secrets of some spiritual guru. The kingdom of God only moves forward when Biblically minded men and women put their Biblical ideas into practice.

Now let's retrace our steps and go back for a minute to the passage in front of us.  Two things are of incredible significance.  First, the truth that Jesus, as our High Priest, has entered the presence of God, sat down at God's right hand, and begun to reign. Second, the fact that as a result of this every one of us can now enter God's presence. Jesus has opened the door to the throne room of God. It cost him everything to do that. For us to turn aside from spending time with God and developing our relationship with him is in practicality to waste what Jesus did for us.

The Word of God works. It is designed for real life - your real life to be exact. It works better than anything else in this world. Watch the "therefores" in the Bible. Put them to work in your life and see what happens.