19 (V)Therefore, brothers,[c] since we have confidence to enter (W)the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by (X)the new and living way that he opened for us through (Y)the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have (Z)a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts (AA)sprinkled clean (AB)from an evil conscience and our bodies (AC)washed with pure water. 23 (AD)Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for (AE)he who promised is faithful.
“Therefore.” A beautiful word, in the English language.
It implies that something has been explained, and now the author will disclose its application.
In these verses, the writer of Hebrews is preparing for the final approach to the summit of his sermon. It’s a rest stop before presenting the conclusion, the application of what he was been writing all along : the supremacy of Jesus Christ has a practical and direct impact in our relationship with God, in the way we live this life, and in the way we relate to one another.
Jesus Christ has been presented as God Incarnate, who is better than anything and anyone. Who is sufficient and effective. Who voluntarily gave Himself for His people. Who loves intentionally, and secures the glory that is to come, for those that belong to Him.
By using therefore, the writer invites the reader to consider all that he has said. He also invites people to confirm that all this is true. To add to the emphasis, he also uses the word since. With this structure (Therefore… since… and since…) he calls us to action (“let us…“, in verse 22).
It’s as if he were saying…
… Evidence has been provided
… Truths can be verified
… Now, all this should produce fruit (movement, action) in you!
And this is fantastic! Because of Who Jesus Christ is, and because of what He has done, now we – His people – are enable to do certain things. Since he never denies our current struggle with our sin, these abilities are present in us even with that ongoing battle.
In other words, His work in us should be evident.
It may be at different levels and look not the same, when compared to what He is doing in others, but His fruit should be evident, nevertheless.
Can you see His work in you?
This week, let us pray:
- For wisdom and humility, to be able to see His work in us
- Asking for even more evidence of His presence, in us
- Celebrating with thanksgiving for what He has accomplished in our life
- Asking for forgiveness, for our lack of trust in these truths about Him.
Remember His grace.