Disciples are Within the Veil and may have to Suffer Outside the camp # 67

Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus set the example for all disciples who may have to suffer for their faith. More Christians are facing persecution world wide than maybe in history.

Hebrews 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, 20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 13: 12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13 So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. 14 For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.

Jesus is our “forerunner” who has gone ahead to heaven so that we may one day follow (Heb. 6:20)! The Old Testament high priest was not a “forerunner” because nobody could follow him into the Holy of Holies. But Jesus Christ has gone to heaven so that one day we may follow.

Dr. H. A. Ironside has suggested that the two phrases “within the veil” (Heb. 6:19) and “outside the camp” (Heb. 13:13) summarize the epistle to the Hebrews. Jesus Christ is “within the veil” as our High Priest. We can therefore come boldly to His throne and receive all the help that we need. But we must not be “secret saints.” We must be willing to identify with Christ in His rejection and go “outside the camp, bearing His reproach” (Heb. 13:13). The Hebrew believers who received this letter were tempted to compromise to avoid that reproach. However, if we live “within the veil,” we shall have no trouble going “outside the camp, bearing His reproach.”” (Warren Wiersbe “Be Confident”)

Dr. H. A. Ironside’s message link http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=PTt9ZJoxNDw%3D&tabid=210&mid=687

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