This week we went back to the day when the Christ released his spirit to Father. When he told the world tetelestai (“IT IS FINISHED”). In that moment, the curtain of the Temple came ripping down. Ripping in two, forever confirming that we too can enter the throne room of grace with confidence and boldness as we enter through our beLIeVING Jesus Christ.
No more separation!
The Curtain that was the entrance to the holy of holies, the dwelling place of God was now open and exposed. The way was now and forever through Christ. The resurrection is the final judgement on death and it has been rendered null and void for those who beLIeVE. We have been given abundant life through Christ.
Yet in Christendom today we make statements that would suggest that God does go away or that we fall away, or the ol’ southern slang of “backslidin.’” I get what folks are saying when they go down this path of self-defeat. Heck, early in my learning I would constantly feed some of these statements – it was a form of humility so we are told. These statements are totally based on our behavior, or lack thereof. Ranging from the “things” we ought not do, to not doing the things we should do more. It’s a crazy endless cycle of trying to live up to your own self-created law or someone you admire handing down edits of what true Christianity must look like.
Those statements of shame do not empower us gang! He does. When does never mean never for us?
Jhn 14:16-18 NLT 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans–I will come to you.
Or the great commission in Matthew 28 where Jesus states “I am with you always…”
DANG DANG DANG “never leave,” “with you always…” be IN US!
God desired and desires a new holy of holies…that’s me and you!
1Co 6:19 NLT 19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,
The first 3 words are the difference maker. When we realize that we are equipped with resurrection power, when we become fully aware, or understand clearly our place with God through Jesus, our lives begin to transform into HIS likeness…as Paul went on to say in his 2 letter to the Corinthians, that we will reflect the glory of God. When those who believe will have the veil (curtain, representing the Old Testament way) removed yet when we pick up the law or our old ways of unbelief, we are placing the curtain back up…
Thankful that we are fully aware, that we understand that never means never and we continue to think of ways to motivate and encourage others through the days together.