BEHIND THE VEIL
WHICH HOPE WE HAVE AS AN ANCHOR OF THE SOUL, BOTH SURE AND STEADFAST, AND WHICH ENTERETH INTO THAT WITHIN THE VEIL; WHITHER THE FORERUNNER IS FOR US ENTERED, EVEN JESUS, MADE A HIGH PRIEST FOREVER AFTER THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK. HEBREWS 6:19-
When the LORD instructed Moses about building the tabernacle, and later Solomon when he was building the temple, HE had them to make a large curtain or veil which would wall off and hide the ark of the covenant and the mercyseat from the people. The only one who was allowed to go behind this curtain was the high priest and he only went there one time each year to make atonement for the children of Israel. (see Heb.9:1-
This is the same thing that HE taught the children of Israel when HE told them they would perish if they even touched the mountain that Moses ascended. When Moses, himself, asked to see a glimpse of the glory of GOD, the LORD said, "I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live." (Exo 33:19-
GOD has revealed HIMSELF as full of mercy, yet HE has revealed that this mercy is dispensed according to HIS sovereign will and not according to some natural generation or some universal blessing. Many men preach as if access to GOD's mercy is the right of all men rather than the privilege of those who HE sees fit to bestow it on. They seem to think that HIS mercy is just spread out like a big cloud, which a man may walk in or out of according to his own choice and timetable.
The scripture clearly reveals that HIS mercy endureth forever, yea even to all generations but at the same time HE has quite plainly reserved the right to show mercy to whom HE will. (see Rom. 9:15-
So man is in quite a dilemma insofar as his own supposed ability to do something that would appease GOD or atone for his sin. Even if he could find some suitable offering or payment to satisfy the justice of a holy GOD yet he could never enter into HIS presence in order to be able to make that payment or offering. That man who is burdened with the load of his sin, having been quickened by the HOLY GHOST to see his hopeless condition, is surely overjoyed at the sound of the gospel which says, that our SAVIOR has entered into that holy place in our behalf and has once and for all made an atonement for our sin.
HE is our GREAT HIGH PRIEST. HE did not arise as a priest from the tribe of Aaron for all of those priests had to offer atonement for their own sins as well as those of the people. They also could not continue in this office because they were mortals and the grave always brought an end to their priesthood. But our HIGH PRIEST came after the order of Melchisedek which had neither beginning of days nor end of life. The LORD JESUS had no sin of HIS own and was able to offer HIMSELF as a LAMB without spot and without blemish. Just as the high priests under the law entered into that holy place with the names of their people written upon their breast so HE has entered in once into that place for HIS elect and now ever liveth to make intercession for those that come unto GOD by HIM. (see Heb.7:21-
HE is our FORERUNNER. The term "fore-
HE is our HOPE. "For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God." (Heb 7:19) The Aaronic priests could only remind men of sin as they had to make continual offerings for sin, since the blood of bulls and goats could never take sin away. "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God." (Heb 10:12) What the law could not do JESUS CHRIST has done. HE has not only offered HIMSELF for sin but has now applied the hope and expectation of those benefits which HE has purchased to the very conscience of HIS elect by the witness of the SPIRIT of GOD in applying the gift of faith to them. "And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." (John 6:69)
HE is our VEIL BREAKER. "The breaker is come up before them" (Mic 2:13) "And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent." (Mat 27:51) The ONE who has the power to cause the earth to quake and the rocks to burst has prevailed to tear down the wall of separation (see Eph.2:10-