Confidence to EnterJune 20, 2021 / Hebrews 10:19-39:
We can enter God’s presence, because Christ is our and our .
Because we have confidence to enter, we should to God with .
- Because we have confidence to enter, we should to our .
Because we have confidence to enter, we should to one another in .
“Hell begins with a grumbling mood, always complaining, always blaming others . . . but you are still distinct from it. You may even criticize it in yourself and wish you could stop it. But there may come a day when you can no longer. There there will be no you left to criticize the mood, nor even to enjoy it, but just the grumble itself, going on forever like a machine. It is not a question of God ‘sending us’ to hell. In each of us there is something growing, which will be Hell unless it is nipped in the bud.” – C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
“Hope stands out dramatically in its true colors when the possibilities for anticipation run out, leaving no prospect but death, so that nothing is left to hold onto but the [Christ’s] promise.” – Oliver O’Donovan, Ethics as Theology
“To our surprise and encouragement, Kathy and I have discovered that the less we attempt to make this world into a heaven, the more we are able to enjoy it. No longer are we burdening it with demands impossible for it to fulfill. We have found that the simplest things—from sun on the water and flowers in the vase to our own embraces, sex, and conversation—bring more joy than ever. This has taken us by surprise.” – Tim Keller, “Growing My Faith in the Face of Death”
“You will never make yourself feel that you are a sinner, because there is a mechanism in you as a result of sin that will always be defending you against every accusation. We are all on very good terms with ourselves, and we can always put up a good case for ourselves.” – Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Seeking the Face of God: Nine Reflections on the Psalms