A Long Sentence

Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a 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 confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:19-25).

As written by the inspired penman, these seven verses were all a long sentence.

The first portion of this long sentence identifies the wonderful privileges of the new covenant in which God no longer remembers His people’s sins and lawless deeds. These privileges include access to God (vv. 19-20) and an authoritative High Priest over God’s house/temple (v. 21).

The second half of this long sentence is a “let us” patch of ongoing responsibilities which God’s people have. These are: exercise faith (v. 22), hold on to hope (v. 23), and consider how to stir up others to love and good works (vv. 24-25).

Incredible privileges and sobering responsibilities in Christ.

Very appropriate content for such a long sentence.

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