19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.
The believers have some very great privileges and rights as a people whose sins are remitted through the blood of Jesus Christ. One of their great privileges is discussed in the verse for today’s meditation – it is the boldness that they can have to enter into the holiest.
The word “holiest” here is taken from the “Holy of holies” in the temple (cf. Hebrews 9:3). However, it is here applied to heaven. The “holiest” of the temple was an earthly emblem of heaven. The entrance into the Most Holy Place was forbidden to all but the Jewish high priest once a year. The high priest entered the Holy of holies with the blood of bullocks and of rams. Hebrews 9:7 says, “But into the second (i.e. the Holy of holies) went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people”.
But Jesus Christ, by the shedding of His own blood on the cross, has procured our access to heaven. Christ, our Saviour, was the perfect, unblemished Lamb that God had prepared to take away our sins. His shed blood has become the means by which we have access to God. Hence, the access to the real “Holy of holies” (i.e. heaven) is now granted to all whose sins are remitted by the blood of Christ, who is the perfect Lamb of God.
All those who have believed on Christ and His atoning blood that He shed on the cross, can now have “boldness to enter into the holiest”. The Greek word for “boldness” (parr?sía) here denotes freedom or confidence, particularly in speaking. The “boldness to enter into the holiest” is not just about the Christian’s going to heaven at death or at the return of the Lord, it is also about our present access to God to offer our prayers and worship by faith. Under the old covenant, the Israelites were prevented from drawing nigh unto the Holy of holies to offer their worship and prayers. Even the Levites who served as priests of the temple were barred from the Holy of holies. But now the right has been accorded unto all who trust in Christ’s atoning sacrifice to draw near unto His throne with their prayers and worship. We are admitted into a far nobler “Holy of holies” – the presence of God Himself – than that from which ancient Israel was excluded. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).