“You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
1 Peter 2:5, 9
The second change to occur from the torn veil was there were no more restrictions as to who could come in and where you could go. In the first two temples, the Jews had the most privileges as to who could enter and the priests had greater access to the various courts. The religious leaders stood on the porch to keep the sick and the sinners from entering the temple. Signs were posted at the entrance to the Court of the Women warning Gentiles to stay out. The torn veil changed these rules drastically and permanently. The leaders warned certain folks to stay out while Jesus encouraged everyone to come in. Jesus said, “Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) The religious leaders told the Gentiles if they came in they would die but Jesus said if we did not come in we would die!
One of the great and fundamental truths of our faith in Christ is the Priesthood of the Believer. As a result of Christ’s atoning death, the believer no longer needs a human agent to approach God for them. It is no longer necessary for a priest to offer up your prayers to God. As a born-again child of God, you can do it! You do not need a priest to interpret the Scripture for you, you can study for yourself! You do not need a priest to present your offering to the Lord, you can do it! You do not need a priest to ask God for the forgiveness of your sin, you can do it! There is no need for a priest to do for you what our Lord has given you the authority and permission to do for yourself. Everyone who believes in Him has direct access to the throne of God. You are a priest of the Most High God.
Through the torn veil, Jesus has given you, His child, direct access to His throne. There are no restrictions or warnings. In the same manner, the torn veil should give Jesus direct access to any and every area of your life. Is there any area in your life where you have placed a warning sign for Jesus to keep out? Is Jesus free to roam into any room? Is He in total control? Does Jesus have complete access to your thought life? Does Jesus have the authority to send and use you wherever He chooses to do so? Does Jesus have total control of your finances? If your body is the temple of the living God then He should and must have the freedom to rule, roam, and reign over your life. This is what it means for Jesus to be Lord, He is in charge. Does Jesus have complete access to your life right now? If the answer is “yes” then rejoice in your obedience. If the answer is “no,” then confess this to the Father and commit every part of your life to the Lord’s control. Take down your “Off Limits” signs – the Father’s have been down for almost 2000 years!