The Lord Becomes the Way so that We can Come Before God with Confidence

Series 20

Episode 3

Prologue

Brothers and sisters, today’s topic of Treasures for the Soul is “The Lord becomes the Way, so we can come before God with confidence.” Hebrews mentions “come” many times, to encourage us to draw near to God. The Lord becomes the Way for us. He forgives us our sins so that we can come before God. Having sins forgiven is already an immense grace. It’s more precious that the Lord died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with Him. He truly desires for our love.

Message

The Book of Hebrews is one of my favourite books. I also need this book very much. We once studied “come before God”. For example, Hebrews 4:16 encourages us by saying, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” In the book of Revelation, a rainbow is around the throne. This is the throne of grace, and from the throne, we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
We have come to Mount Zion. The word “come” used in this verse is the same as “draw near” as in “draw near to the throne of grace”. We can see that both instances encourage us to come before God and have a heart to draw near to Him.
Hebrews 7:25 reads, “Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him (the Lord), since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
Hebrews 10:1 reads, “For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.” “Draw near” is mentioned again in this Bible verse.
Hebrews 10:19-22 reads, “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
Once again, “draw near” is used in verse 22. It becomes very clear to us why the Lord shed His blood and died for us: He wants us to enter the holy places, where God shows His glory and special presence, and where man can be the nearest to God. The Lord shed His blood, so that we can draw near to God with confidence. We can be very close to Him and enjoy being face to face with Him. He tells us to have a true heart in full assurance of faith.
Hebrews 11:6 reads, “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
Those who seek God will be rewarded. The Lord once said, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6) The Father prepares gifts for you every time you come before Him.
“Draw near” is also used in Hebrews 11:6: “For whoever would draw near to God…”
Again and again, Hebrews encourages you to draw near to God. And you will be rewarded for doing so. You will receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. His salvation is perfect. Again and again He asks you to come to Him. You are most welcomed by Him.
Hebrews 12:22 says that we have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. God, the judge of all is there. It’s so good that God is the judge of all. We are no longer in fear because the Lord has borne our sins. The problem of sin has been solved and settled. We are justified before God. God, the judge of all, counted it to us as righteousness! I really like Psalm 4, where David prayed: O God of my righteousness. It is so precious that God is the righteous judge of all. In addition to love, His forgiveness is also just.
1 John 1:9 clearly says that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. This can be done because the Lord has borne our sins. By man’s work, it is impossible to be forgiven by God. God’s beloved Son suffered extreme pain for us. The Father even chastised Him, allowed Him to endure the pain, and made Him the sacrifice for us. While the Lord was on earth, He said that He is the Way. Having the Way is the foremost. Without the Way, nothing can be done. Without the Way, no one can return to God. If we cannot come before God, we have nothing.
Hebrews chapter 10 says that by the blood of Jesus, He opened for us a new and living way, so that we can enter the holy places with confidence. This is very precious. High priests from the past could only enter the Holy of holies once a year. They might enter in fear. However, when the Lord died, the veil was torn into two from top to bottom! When I sing hymns related to this event, I often say, “Forever the veil is torn.” I also often say, “Explosive joy! God is in overwhelming joy!” When the Lord died, the veil was torn from top to bottom. God tore the veil. He doesn’t want any barriers between us and Him — to a point that He sent His beloved Son to die for us. His love is truly shown! The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit endured such great pain that we will never be able to comprehend! It is so precious that He truly wants to gain us!
Sins being forgiven is already an immense grace! The word immense is not quite sufficient to describe this grace. Indeed this grace is beyond measure. With salvation as the foundation, by God’s grace, we have become who we are. And this grace was demonstrated by the Lord shedding His own blood. Not only did He die for us, He also lives for us forever. With His love desire towards us, He lives for us and plans an eternity for us. This is what we can enjoy with Him. This is very important and is what Hebrews aims to achieve. We are Abba’s dear children and the Lord’s darling. However, it does not do us any good if we don’t draw near to Him and experience Him. Would a married couple be satisfied if they are not close to each other but merely bear a title of husband and wife? Will God be satisfied if we are not close to Him? The Lord is our true Beloved. This relationship is true, and the deepest in the whole universe, full of God’s romance. Do we treasure God’s affection in this relationship? If we do, we would draw near to Him and yearn for Him. He yearns for us, therefore, we should also desire Him. It is so precious that His love is infinite. No matter how much we yearn for Him, His desire towards us will always be deeper and more fervent. No matter how much we love Him, He always loves us more. We ought to love God. He really treasures our love.
The Gospel of John tells us that the Lord Jesus is God. He asked Peter, “Do you love Me?” The Creator of all, the self-existing infinite One yearns for Peter. He has the same desire towards you. He also asks us, “Do you love Me?” Without love, everything is hollow. The Lord demands us, His disciples, to love Him more than anything else, to love Him even more than our parents. He is the only one worthy of us to commit ourselves to. It’s so amazing that He first gave Himself for us. He is the infinite One. His glory is beyond words. This grace towards us came with a very high price. To give us this grace, the Lord endured the greatest pain. We should treasure coming before Him.
1 Thessalonians chapter 5 says that He died for us for a reason: so that whether we are awake, or asleep, we might live with Him. To be awake is when we are alive on earth; to be asleep is when we go to Him after we die. Now through eternity, He desires only one thing, and He has never changed. It is for us to live with Him. He wants to live with you, and be the closest to you.

Series 20

The final destination of our spirit and eternity is the heavenly Jerusalem

Message Date: 2020-03-28

The Lord desires us to come before Him and draw near to Him. God is the most joyful, therefore how joyful it must be in the heavenly Jerusalem! In the Book of Hebrews, God tells us again and again to come before Him without fear. The Lord Himself is the way: He died for us and solved the problems of our sins. He opened a new and living way for us to go boldly into the most holy place, so that we could live closely with Him. We must be clear about the purpose of our life, our direction and destination. The Lord is bringing us to the heavenly Jerusalem, our eternal sweet home, and our dwelling place. This city in heaven is the destination of our spirit. Its centre is Abba, the Son, the Holy Spirit and the church; there is nothing beyond this peak.
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The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (1)

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The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (2)

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The Lord Becomes the Way so that We can Come Before God with Confidence

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The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (1)

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The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (2)

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Introduction

01 Introduction of Treasures for the Soul

Series 1: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord

1.1 The Most Blessed Generation
1.2 Message from John the Baptist
1.3 Abide in the Lord Always
1.4 Abide in the Lord’s Love at All Times
1.5 The Lord Speaks to Us and Helps Us in Our Hearts

Series 2: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout this Year

2.1 God’s Greatest Work Starts in Our Hearts
2.2 To Be Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout the Year
2.3 Our Spirits can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him
2.4 The Importance of Peace
2.5 Our Spirits Need the Words of God
2.6 Give the Lord Time and Space to Speak in Our Hearts

Series 3: Let Our Hearts be Influenced

3.1 The World Needs People Who Deeply Experience God
3.2 Just as His Anointing 
Has Taught You, 
Abide in the Lord
3.3 Be Influenced 
by the Lord Throughout 
this Year

Series 4: The Importance of Peace

4.1 Enjoying God’s Peace in Your heart
4.2 Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled, Neither Let Them be Afraid.
4.3 How Should Our Spirit Respond to the Lord?

Series 5: Our Spirit Being Able to Enjoy the Lord

5.1 Our Spirit is Satisfied Only When We Worship God and Deeply Experience Him
5.2 How to Worship God with Our Spirit
5.3 Looking at the Lord with our Inner Eyes
5.4 Our Spirit Needs to Enjoy the Lord Himself
5.5 The Song of Solomon Often Mentions About “Eyes”
5.6 Realize Being Heart to Heart with the Lord in Singing and Worship

Series 6: Live out the Life of being Heart to Heart with the Lord

6.1 Living a life of union with the Lord in a stable pattern every day
6.2 Enjoying the Lord and not being disturbed
6.3 The Importance of Seeing Him with Our Spiritual Eyes

Series 7

7.1 Learn to Protect Our Spirits From Virus Prevention
7.2 Our Spirit Can Hear, Think, and See
7.3 How to Live a Life of Faith
7.4 The Importance of the Mind
7.5 David’s Eyes Beheld the Lord Always

Series 8: During the last supper, the Lord spoke about the essence of the blessings of the new covenant.

8.1 The Lord established with us the eternal love covenant by His blood
8.2 The Lord Treasures the New Covenant and Break-Bread Meeting the Most
8.3 Love Encounters
8.4 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the fourth blessing
8.5 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (1)
8.6 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (2)

Series 16: We Have Come to Mount Zion and the Heavenly Jerusalem

16.1 See that the Lord is at the right hand of the Father
16.2 Coming to Mount Zion (1): the meaning of Mount Sinai
16.3 Coming to Mount Zion (2): the difficulty in forgiveness of sins
16.4 Coming to Mount Zion (3): to Live in Grace
16.5 Having Come to the Heavenly Jerusalem
16.6 What is in the heavenly Jerusalem (1)?

Series 9: Being Heart to Heart with the Father

9.1 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 1)
9.2 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 2)

Series 10

10.1 The Love Desire in the Depths of Abba and the Lord’s hearts
10.2 Fruit of the Lord’s Crucifixion: Eternal Life
10.3 The Lord Came to Manifest the Father’s Name
10.4 The Father Sent His Only Begotten Son
10.5 Reminders on enjoying heart to heart with the Father
10.6 The Father’s Desire for Me is Forever Steadfast

Series 11

11.1 The preciousness of the Letter to Philemon
11.2 The most profitable; the most accepted.
11.3 Charge That to My Account
11.4 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (1)
11.5 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (2)
11.6 We are the Lord’s darling love

Series 12

12.1 The Lord’s Words at the Last Supper
12.2 Apart from the Lord, we can do nothing.
12.3 What is true faith?
12.4 Look upon the Lord in glory
11.5 Trust and Peace (1)
12.6 Trust and Peace (2)

Series 13: The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility

13.3 The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility (Part 2)

Series 14: Manifold evidence

14.1 How does the infinite Lord see us?
14.2 We are the ultimate and final love of the Lord
14.3 The Lord is forever a Man; He once died for us
14.4 The Lord’s manifold love evidence (Part 1)
14.5 The Lord’s manifold love evidence Part 2

Series 15: Understand How Our Spirit Works And Be Heart To Heart With The Lord Continuously

15.1 We Can Only Enjoy God By Faith
15.2 His Words Abide In Us
15.3 Live With The Lord
15.4 Seek The Things That Are Above
15.5 Understand How Our Spirit Works: Will, Mind And Feelings
15.6 Guard And Uplift Our Mind

Series 17: Know that the Church is the Firstborn

17.1 Know that the church is the firstborn
17.2 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 1)
17.3 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 2)
17.4 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 1)
17.5 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 2)

Series 18: The Blessings to be the First Born

18.1 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 1)
18.2 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 2)
18.3 To be united with the Lord and become the Firstborn
18.4 The Lord is the Firstborn
18.5 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Kingship
18.6 The Blessing of the Firstborn: a Double Portion of the Blessings

Series 19: Coming to Mount Zion to Appear Before God

19.1 The Lord is the way, and the truth, and the life
19.2 Live in Grace. Enjoy the Father and the Lord
19.3 Mind the things that are above (1)
19.4 Mind the things that are above (2)
19.5 Appear before God in Mount Zion

Series 20: The final destination of our spirit and eternity is the heavenly Jerusalem

20.1 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (1)
20.2 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (2)
20.3 The Lord Becomes the Way so that We can Come Before God with Confidence
20.4 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (1)
20.5 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (2)

Series 21: Live Out the Life of the Firstborn: Be A Priest

21.1 The Father made the Lord the High Priest
21.2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn
21.4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)

Series 22: When Believers Die, They Will Go to the Heavenly Jerusalem

22.1 The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (1)
The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (2)
The Spirits of the Righteous Made Perfect

Series 23: New Jerusalem is a real city

God has prepared a heavenly home for us
Is the heavenly new Jerusalem a real city?
New Jerusalem is a real city (1)