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Topic: Doors (04/05/04)
TITLE: The Veil: The Door of Intimacy
By Scott Hicks
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We all should understand before intimacy can result in a relationship; there is first a necessary door to enter in to find intimacy. No one in our culture has been forced to be intimate with someone they do not know. There is first the meeting. Then comes the attraction. Then comes the fellowship. Then comes the trust. Then builds the intimacy in the relationship, and so on.
The door we need to enter to Find Intimacy with God in our current relationship with Him is the veil.
First comes hearing of "Jesus":
Have you heard of Him?
Second, you learn a little about Him trough others:
Have you heard anything about Him?
Third, comes the meeting:
Have you met Jesus?
Fourth, comes the attraction:
Have you fell in love with Jesus?
Fifth, comes the fellowship:
Do you fellowship with Jesus?
Sixth, thereís the ""start"" of an intimate relationship:
Have you finding intimacy with Him?
Lastly, intimacy continues growing into a never ending mystery:
Is your intimacy still growing?
The truth is; many people stop after haring about Him, and others, after meeting Him, but few actually go on to having an attraction to Him and the things about Him. God desires us to continue the necessary steps for "Finding Intimacy with Him". He doesnít want us to stop at status quo Christianity; He desires for us to complete the steps necessary to enter the door of His presence and have an intimate relationship with Him. Thatís why the veil (door) was ripped from top to bottom; God was showing and saying to us: The door is open for you to enter into an intimate relationship with Me! All you have to do is; start from where youíre at right now and as you walk to the open door, "Find intimacy with Me", and once you have arrived at this door He has opened, you will have the knowledge and the heart that understands how to enter into my intimate presence.
Some may say "that sounds silly; the veil was ripped so anyone could enter in". "That statement is not true." The blood of Jesus was shed so everyone could have equal opportunity to make a personal choice whether or not they wanted to enter in.
Jesus is saying: "Man's routine and self-righteousness is not the way in my front door anymore"; Jesus is the way in. Salvation is not entering into intimacy with God. Salvation is a gift from God that allows you the choice for everlasting life. After you accept the gift of everlasting life; itís now "your choice" as to whether or nor you desire to become intimate with your savior.
If you have chosen the gift of salvation, there is a choice to make afterwards: Do you choose to enter in the door of intimacy (the veil) and Love Him? The door is open to "whosoever". Stepping through is an individual personal choice.
Many people may call Christianity a lot of "choices". Perhaps a few of us would call those choices; "Doors"!
Come on in, the door is wide open!
Rev. Scott Hicks
True Worship Ministries