Peace and Holiness (Hebrews 12:14-17)

The only way to nurture peace,
Is by becoming more like Christ.
For peace is found in His decrease,
And unity we find,
As we reflect His mind.
So let us seek peace fervently,
With all men – friend and enemy.

The only way to holiness,
Is by becoming more like Christ.
For He gives us distinctiveness,
Redeemed and washed by blood,
We’re special in His love.
We honor all His sacred gifts,
In recognition that they’re His.

Now peace and holiness deny,
A gracelessness from springing up.
Nor could we ever then comply,
With roots of bitterness,
Or then to faithlessness.
So sacrilege will not be found,
With in the Church’s holy ground.

The Way (Hebrews 9:8-12)

The holy place was shrouded,
And veil-concealed in mystery pressed.
In glory it was clouded,
And yet to none made manifest.
Yet there was still a way in
Concealed from every human eye
That holy place God stayed in,
Hiding the face of the Divine.

The parables of symbols,
Have hid the way which led within.
The priests in vain assemble,
Their duty in repeating them.
Yet this was not forever,
For God had planned to make it plain,
These ritual endeavors,
All pointed to the perfect way.

And in the Christ revealing,
The way that passes through the veil.
The wrath of God repealing,
Where sacrifice before had failed.
His blood then is the pavement,
That brings us to the holy place.
His sacrifice the statement,
To enter and behold His face.

Tabernacle (Hebrews 9:1-12)

The great eternal God divine descends,
To tabernacle in the tents of men.
What place could honor Him in holiness?
Or rival Him in royal righteousness?

It is mind-awing in magnificence,
Gold-overlaid in brilliant opulence,
With hosts of priests performing praise to Him,
And blood – yes, ever blood – to cover sin.

So learn the laws the Lord declares today,
If He will dwell with us, we must obey.
So practice purity, for God is here,
Or rousing up His wrath, we fall in fear.

Or see the holy places that He haunts,
In wreaths of incense mists, but without wants,
Enthroned in mystery on the mercy seat,
Yet separate, sacred, veiled that none may see.

Yet God has tabernacled among men,
By taking on the veil of human skin.
His very self fulfills the holy place,
He is the mercy seat who grants us grace.

And He completed all the Law’s demands,
Yet bore the wrath of a law-breaking man.
For He obeyed where we had all rebelled,
Then gave us life in righteousness as well.

We need no blood to satiate the Law,
Because His blood has washed away our flaws.
He cares no more for gold and opulence,
And takes no building, temple, land, or tents.

The great eternal God divine descends,
His tabernacle is the hearts of men.
Unworthy as we are, His pleasure is
To dwell within the saints He claims as His.