Devotions » Tozer Devotional
Tue, December 10, 2013
A New and Living Way
I hope I will not be accused of anti-Semitism when I cite certain Bible truths indicating that even yet Jews do not really know why they worship. We evangelicals have no sympathy for those who hate the Jews. In our understanding of the Scriptures and God's great plan, we recognize the worth of our Jewish friends. We have a concern for their well being in an unfriendly world.
Moreover, we believe strongly in the future glory of Israel. We believe that when God's Messiah returns, Israel will minister again in faith and worship in her own land. We believe in a day yet coming when a reborn Israel will shine forth. The Word of God's righteousness will go forth from Zion and the Word of God from Jerusalem.
But for the present, the living, beating life of Jewish faith is gone. There is no altar. There is no Shekinah glory and Presence. There is no efficacious sacrifice for sin. There is no mediatorial priest and no Holy of Holies for him to enter on behalf of his people. All is goneeliminated as useless, powerless, without further authority.
In its place God has instituted and accepted a new sacrificethe Lamb of God, the eternal Son. He has confirmed a new and efficacious altar, this one eternal in the heavens, where Jesus ever lives to make intercession for God’s believing children. He has ordained and accepted a new High Priest, Jesus, the eternal Son, seating Him at His right hand.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith . . . Hebrews 10:1921
Leaving the old with its historical significance and rich tradition can be extremely difficult. But divinely instituted is the new, altogether superior to the old. Let's not treat the new as if it were merely form. Ours is a new and living way to God!
O God, what riches are mine in Christ Jesus!
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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.
His books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the Jesus, Our Man in Glory, Chapter 9 - Jesus, Like unto Melchizedek
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