by Ebenezer Erskine
Being the Substance of Several Sermons on Heb. 10:22.
Heb. 10:19–22.—"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us through the vail, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God: let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith," &c.
Containing an Introduction to the Main Purpose, with the Method of the following Discourse.
THESE verses contain the apostle's transition from the doctrinal to the practical part of the epistle. Having at great length discoursed upon the priestly office of Christ, in the foregoing part of the epistle, he sums up, in a few words, the scope and substance of all he had been saying, ver. 19–21, and then deduces a very natural inference from the whole, ver. 22, "Let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith." Like a wise builder, he first digs till he come to the foundation, and then calls himself and others to build upon it with confidence.
That we may have the more distinct view of the words, it is expedient that we observe in general, the apostle here very elegantly expresses New Testament privileges, in an Old Testament style and dialect. The highest privilege of fallen man, is to have access into the presence of God, his offended Lord and Sovereign: the only way of access is Christ, of whom the temple of Solomon was an illustrious type. And with allusion unto that typical temple, Christ is presented to our faith under a threefold view, ver. 19–21.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER I: Containing an Introduction to the Main Purpose
CHAPTER II: Of Faith in General
CHAPTER III: Of the Assurance of Faith
CHAPTER IV: Of the FULL Assurance of Faith
CHAPTER V: Of the Grounds of Faith's Assurance
CHAPTER VI: Containing the APPLICATION of the preceding Doctrine