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Boldness for entrance

April 7, 2012

Additional thoughts on earlier post.

Caiaphas tearing clothes: Declaration of judgment?

Jesus before Caiaphas

An interpretation I had not heard before.

Makes more sense than usual mental picture.

The American Spectator : Hold the Hallelujahs

“One, when the high priest Caiaphas declared Jesus a blasphemer, he tore his clothes.

A lot of people in the Bible tear their clothes, so it’s easy to miss this one.

The “clothes” torn here were likely instead a single garment held out in front of him, rent from top to bottom.

He was judging the defendant guilty and inviting all of the other jurists to stop disputing and render their own verdicts.

That image helps to sharpen another image that Gospels relate to us after Jesus’ death.

The temple’s veil is torn from top to bottom by an invisible hand.

This is the beginning of their verdict being overturned by what you might call a higher court.”

From a forum post on thread headed by the above.

Thanks for bringing my thoughts back to this, for me, new interpretation.

The clothes torn perhaps represent the covering that protects us since Eden.

And the cutting in two of covenant breakers, symbolized in Abraham’s vision fortelling Deity being spiritually cut in two for those covenant breakers redeemed through the faith of Abraham.

And thus, the position of Christian believers in the apostolic age.

(Heb 10:19-22 NAS) Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and [or “freshly butchered but”] living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Before the destruction of the Temple in 70 ad, the begotten again Christian had boldness for entrance. but is told to draw near, v 22.

But now, the conditions for entrance into the holiest part of the heavenly sanctuary have been fulfilled.

(Heb 9:8 GNV) Whereby the holy Ghost this signified, that the way into ye Holiest of all was not yet opened, while as yet the first tabernacle was standing,

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