Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents

 

Heb 9:8, 10:19

TO ENTER THE HOLIEST

Sep 20, 1970 am


WHAT IS THE LACK IN OUR FAITH THAT WE HAVE NO POWER TO STAND, TO PRESS ON TO PERFECTION?

  • Paul wrote Hebrews to help a people who were stuck in powerlessness, backsliding defecting
  • He unfolds three great mysteries:
    • 1. The open door into the Holiest. 
      2. The way Jesus entered, tearing the veil, we too can enter.
      3. With Jesus we can live in spirit of heaven NOW.

The new and living way of victorious living is ours if we will claim it the right way.

THE VEIL BETWEEN THE HOLIES - HEB 9

The eternal priesthood of Jesus is not understood by many today, especially Baptists

THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE HOLY PLACE AND THE MOST HOLY PLACE - HEB 9:1-7

  • There was a tabernacle built on earth, by men, but it was a picture, object lesson - of heaven
  • The main service- in the sanctuary - v.2, the ordinary daily service for God was here - v.6
  • But there was a thick, dark veil- separating the Holy of Holies- v.3, for once a year - v.7

THE HOLIEST OF ALL WAS NOT OPEN TO ALL PEOPLE YET, THE SYMBOL OF SEPARATION FROM GOD - HEB 9:7-10

  • The High Priest entered, just once a year, then only after careful preparation - cover sin - v.7
  • The normal services - v.9-10 could not open this to him - it took a special sacrifice and offering
  • For anyone else to come in, or even for the High Priest to come unprepared meant death!  Beyond veil = death!

BUT JESUS FOUND A WAY TO OPEN THE WAY INTO THE HOLIEST FOR ALL WHO WILL COME THROUGH HIM

  • The key words - priest, sanctuary, blood, and way into Holiest - all problems were met in Jesus
  • The two parts of the tabernacle show the two parts of the Christian life, two degrees of fellowship-
  • When Jesus died, the veil was rent in twain- Matt 27:51-, and Heb 9:13-15

The typology of the Old Testament was fulfilled, but many did not realize or appreciate it

THE OPENING OF THE DOOR - HEB 10

Heb 9:22 is very pointed to tell us that there is no remission of sin without the shedding of blood

JESUS MADE ONE SACRIFICE FOREVER, AND SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD - HEB 10:11-14

  • The priests of the Old Testament offered sacrifices every day, for themselves as well as others, to no avail
  • Jesus offered one sacrifice forever!  Note this, the Blood of God's son is sufficient forever!
  • By one offering He perfected forever any who will come to God through Him - 7:25 - to the uttermost

THE HOLY SPIRIT BEARS WTNESS OF THE NEW COVENANT, BOTH IN THE OLD AND NEW COVENANT TIMES - V.15-18

  • The New Testament authors believed the Old Testament, quoted it as scripture - Jer 31:31, same Holy Spirit both times
  • This same Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts - don't blaspheme Him- leads to new birth, new heart
  • The removal of guilt, remission of sin, with all its mysterious power, also the work of Holy Ghost

THE WAY INTO THE HOLIEST IS OPENED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST - V.19 - PRACTICAL HALF OF HEBREWS

  • We can enter the secret, special place where God dwells, no longer a thick veil to keep us out
  • The doubting, thirsty, hungry, weak Christian can walk in boldly, having every need met by God
  • We can come in boldly - where normal men would immediately perish - we have this in Jesus

But why don't more Christians exercise this boldness?  To fail is to doubt Christ's blood!

THE NEW AND LIVING WAY - V.20

The old way was a way of death - the law killeth; this new way is the way of life, faith

LET US DRAW NEAR - THE HEART, FULL ASSURANCE OF FAITH, CLEAN - V.22

  • We don't have to stand far off - nor flee God's presence - we are invited, commanded - draw near
  • This is with a new, living, every day fresh, never decaying way, with full sonship privileges
  • God offers us full assurance, true hearts, personal cleansing - whose fault if we refuse it?

LET US HOLD FAST THE PROFESSION OF OUR FAITH WITHOUT WAVERING!  V.23

  • Our part is explained here - key words: hold fast, confession, hope!  Have you confessed Christ?
  • Entering into the Holiest for salvation is just the beginning - keep on confessing Christ
  • Learn to tarry in God's presence - each confession strengthens our hope - He is faithful!

LET US CONSIDER ONE ANOTHER, TO ENTICE EACH OTHER TO LOVE AND GOOD WORKS - V.24,25 - NOTE ORDER!

  • We need to prove our love, and stimulate each other to more love- be considerate, especially to faith!
  • Not forsaking the assembly - some were then - dangerous backsliding - same today!  Membership?
  • And even more- as we see the day of the Lord approaching - 70 AD Judgement for them - US?

The great warning of v.26 - of willful sin- what then?  v.31 happened 2-6 years later!

WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THIS - THEN HEB 3:7,8 "TODAY" COMES SHARPLY INTO FOCUS - DECIDE TODAY!

  • Jesus has made His move- gave His life, shed His blood, now it is up to you!  What now?
  • After you receive Christ, the way is open to the throne of God for any need you have-
  • But after all, why not do your part?  Draw near to God!  Go beyond service to fellowship!