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The veil of the temple being rent from top to bottom. I see the holiness of God; but the very stroke which has thus unveiled His holiness has put away my sin that would have hindered my standing in the presence of that holiness. I see what my Father, in His holiness, has done for me in the person of His Son. In the Lord Jesus, God Himself has come down to me, and I am enabled now to go back with Him into the rest of my Father’s holy presence.

In the death of the Lord Jesus I see the fearful vengeance of God against sin; and the rending of the veil which displays His holiness and love for me. So the more the Father’s eye scrutinizes and searches me, the more it brings out the blessed truth that the Blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin. The light shows the whiteness of my robe that has been washed in the Blood of the Lamb. If I hesitate to stand in my Father’s presence, I am putting in question the value of His beloved Son’s precious Blood!

The very way in which I know my Father is through faith in His Son. I know His own love that He thought of this and did it for me. Why is it that some souls do not get this wondrous ample peace to be in His presence without a cloud on His love? Because they are telling God, and their own poor hearts, something short of this. Grace is to the sinner! If I can stand before God in my own righteousness, grace is not needed—“Christ hath died in vain.”

The Father will bring down your heart to your real condition. Then He can act in the fullness of His grace, according to the need of the heart that has discovered—that has shown—its need in His presence. The Father is manifesting that grace according to the value of the Sacrifice, now that the Lord Jesus is at His Father’s presence—fully and eternally accepted in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore nothing stands between us and our Father. The Lord Jesus give us only to know the fullness of His grace, who was willing to suffer all things, that He might present us spotless before His Father.

- J N Darby

 

Excerpt from MJS devotional for December 18:

“The man who imagines that things have got out of the Father’s hands, that they are not working out as He intended, or that Satan or his agents are really in control, is the man who is not in a position to give the Father the required cooperation in it all. This is unbelief. And unbelief is the greatest hindrance we can offer to the Father’s working. This cooperation is a matter of heart-attitude, of spirit, and means that we go quietly on, cheerfully and faithfully glorifying the Father where we are, not fretting or praying to be moved somewhere else.” -T. A-S.

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  • It truly is amazing how God symbolized the end of the Jewish way of things, into the way of Jesus, through the tearing of the veil that guarded the 'holy of holies'. Through Jesus, we are able to get so close to the Father, that in times past only one man a certain time of the year was allowed to reach in the OT. 

    This point should really be a motivating factor to try and please God in every way, since our God is a God that desires obedeience, and not religious sacrifice. Those sacrifices can never please God, only a broken and contrite heart that is willing to lay down His will (life) for Him, can serve God the way He deserves to be served. What an honor it is to be able to serve God in all of His fullness, splendor and glory, as revealed through His only begotten son, Jesus.

    In peace

    • "This point should really be a motivating factor to try and please God in every way, since our God is a God that desires obedience, and not religious sacrifice."

      What a great point James, one that I agree with totally; we Christians have all accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, so we have to ask how do we please Him 1 John 3:22 says:

      "And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him"

       

      "But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men" [Acts 5:29]

      So our salvation does not depend on obeying God's laws, but if we love Him, it is obeying His laws that pleases/blesses Him. Jesus Himself stated strongly in Matthew 5:17-19 that we should continue to obey the law and not one dot would be changed. He also says that those who teach differently would be treated as the least in His kingdom. The sacrificial has bot been abolished, but fulfilled by Jesus, but just as the Ten Commandments stand, so does the remainder of His law (not the bits that man introduced) but God's law and ordinances that please Him.

    • Hi and thanks for your instructional reply! To me, I saw the "veil" as representative of the Lord Jesus, e.g. no man can come to the Father but through the Son, whose body was rent for us (Heb 10:20), so we could possess a new nature and fellowship with God.

      Only the believing Jews had union with God in the prior Covenant but due to constant disobedience most could not fellowship with Him, hence the new mind and heart via the new nature.

      God bless, and God be blessed!

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