A Sermon on Hebrews 10:10-25
And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
“This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
and write them on their minds,”
then he adds,
“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
The Full Assurance of Faith
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. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV)
Some say, “Doctrine divides, let’s focus on prayer.” But what is prayer without doctrine? Is prayer really the easiest thing we can do? Is it as simple as breathing? Can anyone go to God in prayer? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that prayer is not easy. It is extremely difficult. And here’s why: prayer is entering into God’s presence with a clean conscience and pure heart. How can anyone do this? It seems impossible. Our conscience condemns us. Our hearts prove our guilt. Yet, prayer is absolutely vital. It is essential to the Christian life. Listen to this sermon as the Dr. not only explains our problem in prayer, but shows the solution. We enter into prayer through the flesh of Jesus Christ. It’s through His incarnation and His death. Our punishment which the law required was placed upon Jesus Christ. It’s been dealt with; therefore, God cannot punish us again. Since the law is satisfied, our conscience is satisfied. How can we pray? It is through Jesus Christ and him crucified. Therefore, the Christian approaches the throne of God with fear, and also with great boldness. Lloyd-Jones points out: this is all doctrine. Thus, doctrine cannot be separated from our prayers.