The Consecrated Life

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. Hebrews 10:19-25

Every time the Bible talks about a veil, whether in the Old Testament or in the New, it talks about the death of Christ; and every time the Bible talks about the death of Christ it of necessity speaks about our death also. Not the natural death of the body, but the death to self, a result of the work of the cross in our lives.

We can have boldness to enter the Holy of Holies only after we have put away the old man of the flesh. This is the way that Jesus Himself “consecrated for us”. There is no other way.

That is why an understanding of the cross is so essential to the church. The cross was not just a place for Jesus to die for our sins, but it was also a place where we, too, would crucify our fleshly desires (the old man of sin) and have a living way with which to approach God.

That is why on the last Day, Jesus will tell many preachers, “Go away; I never knew you, you workers of iniquity!” (Matthew 7:23). These were men and women who did not pass through the veil.

I have come to realize the reality of this truth in my own life. It is not how much I know or how long I have been a Christian or how much I serve. I have come to appreciate the fact that the really important thing in my life is carrying the cross and crucifying the flesh thereon. If I am not walking in this revelation, I can do all those things but the flesh will still be alive. And when the flesh is alive, sin is close by.

The Apostle Paul cried out, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24). Note the words ‘the body of this death’. Not that the Apostle Paul was not saved or that he was not serving God; but he could not ignore the danger that his flesh posed.

But, praise God he found the answer to this dilemma! He says, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

In other words, Christ has made a way for us (the veil, the death to the flesh), through which we can walk in victory over the flesh, the world and sin. It is the only way by which we can become totally consecrated to God.

We cannot over-emphasize the importance of an understanding of the true purpose of the cross of Christ in our lives particularly in the days we are living in. If the phrase “last days” exists in the Bible (and it does) then it certainly cannot be referring to any other moment than the time we are living in. The signs are all around us. One of them is a Church that loves the world and the things in it.

But the Church needs to make sure that it is safe – safe within the veil. Anyone who walks outside the work of the cross in their lives is operating outside the veil, and the life of Christ is not in them. Jesus said, “You shall know them by their fruits.”

Paul tells us exactly how we should live a life that has passed through the veil, that is,  a life that has been crucified with Christ.

“Hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering”. Remember Paul tells Timothy that he has “kept the faith”. When he spoke those words he was talking about more than being just saved. He was talking about guarding the revelation he received from Jesus, the revelation of “Jesus Christ, and him crucified”. 1 Cor. 2:2

“Consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works”, which speaks of the totality of our Christian calling.

Lastly, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…  but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (verses 23-25). Here he is talking about the fellowship of the saints.

This is a life that can only be lived if we have crucified our lives with Christ. It is divine Life, which we can only have if we have died with Christ.

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2 thoughts on “The Consecrated Life

  1. “He said to all of them, “Those who want to come with me must say no to the things they want, pick up their crosses every day, and follow me” (Luke 9:23 GW). Luke has the “every day”, which is part of what you point out. And it goes against human nature for we want to be important. Carry the cross where Jesus saved us, reminding us of our death to sin so all glory and credit goes to the One-Who-Saves. I really like the song by Toby Mac “Steal My Show” for it puts this in perspective through the power of music.
    Peace

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