The New and Living Way
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us. (Hebrews 10:19-20)
Here, life under the new covenant of grace is described as the “new and living way.” This could be contrasted with the “old and dying way” of attempting to live under the old covenant of law. The “newness” of grace is not really a matter of time sequence, because the grace of God actually precedes the law in man’s history with God. The “tree of life” in the garden of Eden was God’s provision of grace for Adam and Eve. The promises of God to Abraham, given hundreds of years before the law, depended upon the faithful grace of God, not the legal performance of Abraham.
The “newness” of grace is its every day freshness and vitality. Day by day, by the grace of God, fresh measures of life are abundantly available to those who look to the Lord as their supply. This makes life with God fresh and new every day.
Under the old covenant, only one person, the High Priest, could enter into the intimate presence of God, the Holy of Ho lies. Furthermore, this was only allowed one day a year. Such limited access would certainly “get old” in the hearts of all who hungered after the living God.
Now, under the new covenant of grace, every believer in Jesus, our great High Priest, can confidently approach the Lord personally any moment of every day. “Having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus.” Through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, which forgives all of our sins, we can speak to the Lord and enjoy His presence in our lives continually.
Jeremiah gave some early insight into this kind of fresh and vital relationship with God. “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassion fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him! ‘” (Lamentations 3:22-24).
The Apostle Paul wrote profoundly concerning such “newness.” “But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter” (Romans 7:6). This the “new and living way