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Discover the Book - August 23

  • 2012 Aug 23
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Our Permanent Refuge

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.
-Hebrews 6:19, emphasis added

Hebrews also speaks of Christ as the forerunner who has entered for us (Hebrews 6:20). Christ has entered into God's presence so that we can enter too. When do we enter this refuge?

We enter in once for all at the moment we cast ourselves upon Christ and accept Him as our Savior. At that moment we are declared justified by God who judges us on the basis of Christ's finished work at Calvary: We also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation (Romans 5:11, emphasis added). In that verse, Paul uses the Greek aorist tense, which indicates that our justification is a past thing, completed forever. If we were saved, we are saved. Justification (and its subset, reconciliation) means that God has no record that we ever sinned. Our sins are paid for, put on Christ's account, and are gone forever!

We enter every daily moment into this refuge as Christians when we claim the blood of Christ to cover specific sin that has broken fellowship with God: The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. . . . If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:71 John 1:9, emphasis added).

We will enter in perfectly and completely at that great moment when we die, or when the Lord returns: He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him (Hebrews 7:25, emphasis added).

Christ is better than any city of refuge because He is nearer. A man from the city who ran out to help a weary refugee to the gate could fall and not be able to shelter him within the walls of safety before the avenger overtook the fugitive. But a man who looks to Christ to reach safety can never fail. The Bible makes a specific promise: "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37). In fact, Jesus says, "I stand at the door and knock" (Revelation 3:20). He Himself seeks us.

Have you come to Jesus Christ by faith and allowed Him to save you once for all? If so, you can rest in Christ, for He is your permanent and only refuge!

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