Whenever you are granted access to a place or person there are necessary implications or corollary actions that ought to be carried out with that access. The higher the level of access the greater the necessary implications are for you as someone with that access. There is no greater level of access than to be given access into the very presence of God. And yet, that is exactly what we have been given if we are in Christ Jesus. The author of Hebrews puts forth this remarkable access and then lays out the corollary actions or necessary implications for all of us who have this access.
Hebrews 10:19-25 displays the access that all truly born again individuals have into God’s presence along with the actions that ought to flow from that access: Hebrews 10:19-25 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
In other words, since believers have an objective access to God through Jesus which is an access into the very presence of God by means of Christ’s blood; and since we have access to a new and living way inaugurated by Christ at His death; and since we have a represented access through Jesus there are three necessary corollary actions that must be in the lives of God’s people. First, we must draw near to God in worship in a certain way (with a true heart and with a heart of faith which results in full assurance) and the reason we can do this is because of the spiritual cleansing which we have in Christ (22). Second, we must hold fast our confession of hope in worship (23). We are to do so as we persevere in our confession of hope without wavering because God is faithful. Third, we are to stimulate one another in the life of worship. What must we do in relationship to the church since we have access to God through Jesus? We are to stimulate or to motivate, stir up, or elicit one another in the church to carry out acts of love toward others in the church. But how are we to obey this command in relationship to the church? First of all, by not forsaking gathering together as the church but also by encouraging one another in the church until Jesus Christ returns. Have you repented and trusted in Christ alone for salvation? Then you have this access. How are these three corollary actions showing up in your life right now? Do you have access into the very presence of God through Jesus? Then draw near in worship, hold fast your confession of hope in worship and stimulate those in the body of Christ in your local church to love toward others in the church.