The holy of holies was also called the “holy oracle.” It was of this place that God said “There I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat.” The communications of God proceed from the holy oracle, from the holy of holies. Communion without communication is impossible. We need to enter into the holy oracle to hear our Father’s words, for it is the place from which He speaks. The basis for receiving any revelation from God is the blood of Jesus Christ because it is only by His blood that we are able to enter in.
The holy of holies is a real place. It exists experientially in our hearts where the Holy Spirit has taken up habitation. And it exists realistically in heaven where God sits on a throne high and lifted up, surrounded by singing seraphim and awesome and powerful cherubim with a glassy sea beneath His feet and a Lamb as it had been slain standing before the throne. We cannot venture in to see the Father’s face without going through that sacrifice. It is there now and will be there forever. Forever we will gaze on the price of our salvation. And we receive no revelation from that throne except by the blood of Jesus Christ. This is why they took the blood and put it on the ear.
1 Peter 4:11
If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
How are we to speak if we don’t hear? And how are we to hear if we don’t listen? And how are we to listen if we don’t draw near? And to draw near, we need to enter into the holiest of all by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Entrance into the Holy
Because of the forgiveness of sins, Hebrews 10:19 says that we now have boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. Boldness means freedom of speech. It means that we can speak openly and plainly without fear. Because of the blood of Jesus, I can have open and honest discourse with my heavenly Father. I can come into the holiest of all and speak with Him about anything and everything. He knows all our heart and all our actions, but He desires to hear about it from our own lips. Parents experience this on a daily basis. You might be very aware of your children’s desires or even their sin. But when they come and confess them to you, it brings a greater depth to your relationship. As you hear of your children’s dreams, fears, or failures, you become aware of their values and character. Their humility is shown and you are able to shower your grace upon them with encouragement, comfort, and forgiveness. This is the relationship the Father desires to have with us. He wants us to trust Him with the treasures and trials of our hearts.
Let Us Therefore…
Because Jesus Christ has made this relationship possible by becoming the new and living way into the holiest of all and serves as the High Priest over the house of God, there are three things we must do.
1) Let Us Draw Near
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.
The way into the Father’s heart has stood open from the day the veil was rent in two. But all who desire to enter in must do so in faith. We need to believe that the blood washes us and allows us entrance. We must worship God in faith, knowing that our conscience has been cleansed and cleared by the precious blood of the Lamb.
2) Let Us Hold Fast
Let us hold fast the profession [homologia] of our faith without wavering (for he is faithful that promised;)…
We need to hold fast the profession of our faith. Profession is to say the same thing. This means that we must confess the same thing that the faith declares; we are to speak alongside the faith. Faith comes by hearing, hearing the very words of Christ. We hold fast by declaring the very things that Christ has declared to us.
3) Let Us Consider
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 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.
We are members of the household of God. As such, we shouldn’t wander off into the places not inhabited. We need to exercise loving care for one another and encourage each other in the pursuit of the good works we were foreordained to do.
“[We] have come to Mount Zion…to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. See to it that [we] don’t refuse Him who speaks.” Not only are we not to refuse Him who speaks, we are to speak the same thing. How is He speaking? He speaks from the oracle of God by His blood. His blood says we’ve been forgiven, redeemed, sanctified, and consecrated. His blood says that the way into the holiest of all is open before us. Let us in faith enter into the holy of holies by His blood to be consummated in the fire of our God.