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(Hebrews 10:19-25) Having therefore, brethren, boldness 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; And having an
high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full
assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and
our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our
faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider
one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the
assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting
one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  (KJV)
Let us draw near

We draw near to God through Jesus Christ, and what He did for us through the shedding of His
blood. His sacrifice, His death upon the cross, allowed Him to enter into the holy of holies,
Heaven itself, to present His blood before the Father as our high priest. As He did that, He
opened the way for us all, that we might approach the Father.

A true heart

As we approach the Father, we must do so with a true heart – a heart that is sincere.
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience,
and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain
jangling; {having...: or, not aiming at} Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding
neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. (1 Timothy 1:5-7 KJV)

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them
that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. {sure:
or, steady} But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of
wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge
himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's
use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness,
faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:19-22
KJV)
Full assurance of faith

A sincere heart is one that fully trusts God, and His Son. Fully convinced of the existence, and the care of God, and of Christ at all times.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. {substance: or, ground, or, confidence} For by it the
elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which
are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 11:1-3 KJV)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)

Sprinkled from an evil conscience

Under the Old Covenant, the sprinkling of the ashes of an heifer removed the uncleanness; now the blood of the New Testament
cleanses our conscience to serve God.

For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How
much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from
dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the
redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal
inheritance. (Hebrews 9:13-15 KJV)

Our bodies washed with pure water

The priest washed in the brazen lavor before entering the tabernacle, or the temple. We wash ourselves in the waters of baptism before
entering the church. Though it is not the water alone, but the water and the blood which cleanses our soul.

And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. (Acts 22:16 KJV)

And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed
their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:14 KJV)

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto
him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to
him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:5-6 KJV)

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor
adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV)

The Profession of our faith

As we became Christians, we confessed (or professed) our faith in Jesus Christ. It is to this statement that we must hold tightly as we
travel through life. The circumstances which we find ourselves in do not change the truth to which we hold – it remains constant. It is the
Rock upon which our faith is built, and upon which our hope lies. It is not only shown by the words of our mouth, but by the actions of our
lives.

(Acts 8:37) And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ
is the Son of God.  (KJV)

(1 Timothy 6:12-16) Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good
profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who
before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the
appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and
Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can
see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.  (KJV)

Provoke unto love and to good works

We are to encourage and motivate each other to the embracement of love and to the performance of love – good works. Good works are
God’s works, those commanded by God.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.  (KJV)
(James 1:26-27) If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's
religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
and to keep himself unspotted from the world.  (KJV)

(Romans 12:1-2) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  (KJV)

Not forsaking the assembling

The assembly of the saints upon the first day of the week unquestionably is referred to here. Also possible, is the assembling of the
saints at other times. The early church met daily.

There is a difference between missing and forsaking. The difference is attitude. Do you choose not to be there? Or can you not make it? If
you can’t make it, you are missing. If you choose not to be there, you are forsaking

It comes down to this: there are reasons, and then there are excuses. Which do you use when you are not there? When you don’t want to
do something, one excuse is as good as another.

(Acts 20:7) And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to
depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.  (KJV)

(1 Corinthians 16:1-2) Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when
I come.  (KJV)

(Revelation 1:9-10) I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ,
was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day,
and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,  (KJV)

The day approaching

The day refers to the coming judgment of God. To the Hebrews, they could see the signs Jesus spoke of in the coming destruction of
Jerusalem, and its attendant obliteration of Judaism as they knew it. To us, we can see the judgment of God to come upon this world for
its evil and wickedness.

(1 John 4:17) Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in
this world. (KJV)

(2 Peter 3:9-10) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not
willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the
which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works
that are therein shall be burned up.  (KJV)