Having therefore, brethren, boldness [liberty] to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh; (Hebrews 10:19 & 20)
We live in an era called ‘the year of the Lord’s favor.’ In this time, there is no division between ourselves, and God save for our own desire to approach Him. Jesus Christ IS the way to the Father, by His sacrifice we have full, permanant access to the holiest place of all: God’s immediate presence!
Our own mind is the greatest barrier between us and God, our carnal minds seek not to believe what we cannot physically see and touch. Consider the thought of Jesus in the flesh standing literally before you, speaking audibly so that His words, and voice pierce hrough your ears… but your free access to God is greater than that, for those who believe in Christ have been born again, and His Spirit (the literal substance of His being) abides INSIDE of your body. More than standing before you, Jesus Christ the Son of God is WITHIN you in Spirit and in Truth if you be in Christ. And anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ within them is none of His.
‘Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?’ (1 Cor 3:16)
It seems that for many of us there is, or at the least, there has been something of a dark night of the soul, a place wherein we find ourselves in the darkest wanderings of the mind, cast about with terrors and emotions which strain us as with fire. I don’t know that I can speak of this doctrinally, but by practical experience, I know that it happens… at least has to me. When the doctrine of salvation by faith alone was restored in the church, there were many who began a struggle and fight within themselves for True conversion, for their salvation. They would press on through their own doubts and fears until they found within them the Witness, the testomony of the Holy Ghost.
Likewise in the early days of the Pentecostal movement, as believers came to discover a deeper working of the Holy Ghost with power, believers would struggle and strive for days, weeks and months on end; the battle raged in their own souls as they prayed earnestly for a baptism in he Holy Ghost.
This work is repentance, as we begin to see our own condition, and that our flesh is filled with corruption; a vital step that I think that our fast-food, quick entertainment culture puts aside too often today. Have you stared at the ugliness of yourself before God, and man? Have you been through the throes of introspection? It may seem a tiring or doleful concept, but this is part of that working of the Holy Spirit, who searches ALL THINGS, yea, the deep things of God (2 Cor. 2:11). Will you work with the Spirit? Then you will do some serious searching.
We have full, permanant access to the holiest of all by the blood of Jesus; the perfect sacrifice has been made once, for all. But who can abide the day of His coming? Who shall stand when He appears?
I have begun to find (and may it be so until the graduation into glory!) the sweet fellowship of the Spirit of God when I come to realize much more actually the reality of God’s presence, and of my access to it. Surely, as the apostle said, He is not far from any of us. No, indeed, in fact His distance from me is only the distance that I place between us; we have liberty by the blood, and Jesus flesh, itself, was the veil which now is torn when His heart was rent asunder.
Our minds are the greatest obstacle to our communion with God, where our attentions are divided… where we are emotionally unwilling to work with the Spirit of God. Where we don’t carnally percieve His presence, and our mind, therefore, like Thomas REFUSES to believe.
Wherefore, today if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts as in the provocation… Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. (Heb. 3:7, 8, 12, 19)
In this momment, by Jesus’ sacrifice, the only thing between you and God is your own faith.