Matthew 5:8 - Pure Of Heart
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Access to God
The privilege of entering into the presence of God through the work of Jesus Christ.
Only the pure have access to God
Ps 24:3–4; 1 Jn 3:21–22
Psalm 24:3–4 (CSB) — 3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not appealed to what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully.
1 John 3:21–22 (CSB) — 21 Dear friends, if our hearts don’t condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive whatever we ask from him because we keep his commands and do what is pleasing in his sight.
See also Ps 41:12; Ps 66:18–19; Ps 73:28; Mt 5:8; 1 Pe 3:12; Ps 34:15–16
Psalm 41:12 (CSB) — 12 You supported me because of my integrity and set me in your presence forever.
Psalm 66:18–19 (CSB) — 18 If I had been aware of malice in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. 19 However, God has listened; he has paid attention to the sound of my prayer.
Psalm 73:28 (CSB) — 28 But as for me, God’s presence is my good. I have made the Lord God my refuge, so I can tell about all you do.
Matthew 5:8 (CSB) — 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
1 Peter 3:12 (CSB) — 12 because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do what is evil.
Psalm 34:15–16 (CSB) — 15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry for help. 16 The face of the Lord is set against those who do what is evil, to remove all memory of them from the earth.
The wicked do not have access to God
Ps 101:7; Is 59:2
Psalm 101:7 (CSB) — 7 No one who acts deceitfully will live in my palace; the one who tells lies will not be retained here to guide me.
Isaiah 59:2 (CSB) — 2 But your iniquities are separating you from your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not listen.
This OT access to God fulfilled in Jesus Christ
Hebrews 9:23–24 (CSB) — 23 Therefore, it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves to be purified with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands (only a model of the true one) but into heaven itself, so that he might now appear in the presence of God for us.
See also Ac 7:44; Heb 8:1–2; Heb 8:5–6; Heb 9:11
Acts 7:44 (CSB) — 44 “Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the testimony in the wilderness, just as he who spoke to Moses commanded him to make it according to the pattern he had seen.
Hebrews 8:1–2 (CSB) — 1 Now the main point of what is being said is this: We have this kind of high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a minister of the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that was set up by the Lord and not man.
Hebrews 8:5–6 (CSB) — 5 These serve as a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was warned when he was about to complete the tabernacle. For God said, Be careful that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown to you on the mountain. 6 But Jesus has now obtained a superior ministry, and to that degree he is the mediator of a better covenant, which has been established on better promises.
Hebrews 9:11 (CSB) — 11 But Christ has appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come. In the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands (that is, not of this creation),
Access to God through the Most Holy Place
Access to God by this means in the OT
Hebrews 9:7–8 (CSB) — 7 But the high priest alone enters the second room, and he does that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. 8 The Holy Spirit was making it clear that the way into the most holy place had not yet been disclosed while the first tabernacle was still standing.
See also Le 16:2; Le 16:12–17; Le 16:32–33; 1 Ki 6:16; 1 Ki 8:6; 1 Ki 8:10–11; 2 Ch 3:8
Leviticus 16:2 (CSB) — 2 The Lord said to Moses, “Tell your brother Aaron that he may not come whenever he wants into the holy place behind the curtain in front of the mercy seat on the ark or else he will die, because I appear in the cloud above the mercy seat.
Leviticus 16:12–17 (CSB) — 12 Then he is to take a firepan full of blazing coals from the altar before the Lord and two handfuls of finely ground fragrant incense, and bring them inside the curtain. 13 He is to put the incense on the fire before the Lord, so that the cloud of incense covers the mercy seat that is over the testimony, or else he will die. 14 He is to take some of the bull’s blood and sprinkle it with his finger against the east side of the mercy seat; then he will sprinkle some of the blood with his finger before the mercy seat seven times. 15 “When he slaughters the male goat for the people’s sin offering and brings its blood inside the curtain, he will do the same with its blood as he did with the bull’s blood: He is to sprinkle it against the mercy seat and in front of it. 16 He will make atonement for the most holy place in this way for all their sins because of the Israelites’ impurities and rebellious acts. He will do the same for the tent of meeting that remains among them, because it is surrounded by their impurities. 17 No one may be in the tent of meeting from the time he enters to make atonement in the most holy place until he leaves after he has made atonement for himself, his household, and the whole assembly of Israel.
Leviticus 16:32–33 (CSB) — 32 The priest who is anointed and ordained to serve as high priest in place of his father will make atonement. He will put on the linen garments, the holy garments, 33 and make atonement for the most holy place. He will make atonement for the tent of meeting and the altar and will make atonement for the priests and all the people of the assembly.
1 Kings 6:16 (CSB) — 16 Then he lined thirty feet of the rear of the temple with cedar boards from the floor to the surface of the ceiling, and he built the interior as an inner sanctuary, the most holy place.
1 Kings 8:6 (CSB) — 6 The priests brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple, to the most holy place beneath the wings of the cherubim.
1 Kings 8:10–11 (CSB) — 10 When the priests came out of the holy place, the cloud filled the Lord’s temple, 11 and because of the cloud, the priests were not able to continue ministering, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
2 Chronicles 3:8 (CSB) — 8 Then he made the most holy place; its length corresponded to the width of the temple, 30 feet, and its width was 30 feet. He overlaid it with forty-five thousand pounds of fine gold.
Believers have access to God by grace
Psalm 21:6 (CSB) — 6 You give him blessings forever; you cheer him with joy in your presence.
See also Ps 51:10–11; Ps 145:18; Ho 6:1–2; Ac 17:27; 2 Co 4:14; Jas 4:8; Jud 24
Psalm 51:10–11 (CSB) — 10 God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not banish me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Psalm 145:18 (CSB) — 18 The Lord is near all who call out to him, all who call out to him with integrity.
Hosea 6:1–2 (CSB) — 1 Come, let’s return to the Lord. For he has torn us, and he will heal us; he has wounded us, and he will bind up our wounds. 2 He will revive us after two days, and on the third day he will raise us up so we can live in his presence.
Acts 17:27 (CSB) — 27 He did this so that they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
2 Corinthians 4:14 (CSB) — 14 For we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you.
James 4:8 (CSB) — 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Jude 24 (CSB) — 24 Now to him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of his glory, without blemish and with great joy,
Believers have access to God through Jesus Christ
Ro 5:1–2; Eph 2:18; Eph 3:12
Romans 5:1–2 (CSB) — 1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Ephesians 2:18 (CSB) — 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
Ephesians 3:12 (CSB) — 12 In him we have boldness and confident access through faith in him.
See also Jn 10:9; Jn 14:6
John 10:9 (CSB) — 9 I am the gate. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture.
John 14:6 (CSB) — 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.