Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)
Paul exhorts us to hold fast or to cling tightly and without wavering to the confession of our hope. What is our hope? In the sentences and paragraphs before this one, Paul lays out the case that the old system of sacrifices made by the Jewish priests had to be done continually because the people kept on sinning after the sacrifices. And so it was that a perpetual and ongoing system of sacrificing the lives of innocent animals so that people could be cleansed of their sins was instituted.
The problem is that the life of an animal is not equivalent to the life of a human. The animal cannot speak for man. The animal cannot empathize with man. The animal does not volunteer for the sacrifice, it is taken by force. So it was at that time that “every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. Hebrews 10:11
In contrast, Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of the God, the Father offered Himself as a human sacrifice. This was the plan from the beginning. The willing and voluntary offering of one human life who spoke with man and empathized with man is the only logical solution to clarify the problem of sin once and for all.
This human being had to be pure and holy, set apart for this very purpose in order for this to work. No ordinary human being could have taken on this role because every other human being was and is corrupted by the blood line of the first simmer, Adam. Since Jesus had no earthly father, there is no contamination and so he would be set aside for this very purpose.
Now, after going through the process of being a sacrificial offering in the place of man for the sins of man, Jesus now sits at the right hand of God, not in judgment of man, because he has already taken care of the sin issue, but as a king waiting for some future event. There is no judgment because all sin has been paid for by Jesus’ sacrificial and voluntary death. Because of this, God says “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
This is called remission. Remission is the act of wiping away the slate, of wiping the hard drive and rebooting the system. This means that not only is every sin forgiven, it is also forgotten. Gone. It does not exist. If your past is no longer relevant in the eyes of God, it should not be relevant in your eyes either. But the past is only the beginning. Since the willing sacrifice of one human being with no ties to the human seed was the logical choice, the payment for sin is not only valid for sins of the past. Since the sacrifice occurred before anyone who is now alive was born, the sacrifice is valid for future sin as well. So any sin committed in the past is wiped away but also any sin committed in the future is wiped away also. It’s like having an antivirus software installed in your computer. As a virus (sin) invades the computer, the software will simply wipe it away not allowing it to corrupt the system.
Antivirus software is usually installed before any virus gets in to system and so does the work of cleaning the system from unwanted corruption. But it also works if the antivirus is installed after the system is infected. It will search and destroy any virus in the system that is doing harm and simultaneously protects the system from future attacks. If you do not have antivirus software on your computer and it becomes infected, you have to take it to a specialist who will tinker with it and clear out the viruses giving you a fresh computer. If no antivirus is installed at that point, you will be bringing your computer back time and time again to have it cleaned by a professional costing you a small fortune each time. This makes no logical sense.
Once the antivirus software was developed, the need for a professional is no longer there. The analogy here is that of the priest who offered sacrifices continually to clean people’s sin. Jesus changed all that. There is no longer a need for a continual sacrifice because one perfect sacrifice was made.
Jesus’ willing sacrifice is our antivirus software. The virus is sin. The virus is unavoidable. It will always creep in to the system by the very use of it. If you have the antivirus software it will protect you forever.
If you have antivirus installed, you are no longer fearful of what the virus can do because it is powerless to damage your system. This is where the confidence comes in.
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22
There was a veil that separated the presence of God from the presence of people in the temple that God designed. When Jesus died on the cross, that veil broke and now Jesus is the veil. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we are able to go through the veil and into the presence of God because Jesus is our High Priest over the house of God. Jesus is the antivirus that allows us to be clean of all viruses or sin so that we can plug directly into God. We are allowed to plug directly into God because of the protection we have so we do not have to be afraid to go directly into the presence of God. We can do this with full assurance and confidence in the ultimate antivirus software installed in our system that has cleaned us and is keeping us clean.
Now all this comes from God and is His promise to us. It’s like the warranty from the company that makes the antivirus software. Because the antivirus is perfect, God guarantees that it will protect us forever giving us direct access to Him. It is because of this guaranty that we can have full faith and confidence that the product works perfectly. God’s guaranty is perfect because “He who promised is faithful.”
If we rest our confidence in the creator of the software who offers an unconditional guaranty of it working perfectly, we are able to say out loud that we are confident in our hope, or faith, that the software works perfectly. There is no need to waver in our confidence in the efficacy of the software. It works. It always works without fail.
Now, it turns out that the moment you were conceived, this software was installed in your operating system but is in the off position. God gives us the choice of turning it on. It is at our option. We can either choose to go through our lives without the protection and having to manually try to wipe out the viruses that constantly infect our systems or we can choose to simply turn the software that is already in place on.
The moment we make that choice, we choose to give up trying to protect ourselves and rely on the ultimate antivirus software that wipes us clear of any sin. Since we are clear of the sin virus, we no longer need to feel guilty for having those in our system in the past since they no longer affect us. We no longer have to go to Geek Squad to have our system cleaned because it is clean. This allows the system to function optimally and gives us the ability to do more with our system than we ever imagined. Without the distractions of having to ward off virus attacks or trying to clean and constantly restart our system, we can be more productive operating at higher speeds, able to receive larger and more complex files, able to connect with other systems that are also virus-free.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.