The Veil was Rent from Top to Bottom.

Religion, meaning an obligation, bond or reverence, is based on the Latin word religare meaning ‘to bind.’ "Re" means "again"; "ligare" means "to bind." Pre-cross, religion was to help man bond to God. When Christ shouted "it is finished," it announced that no longer was our existence to be defined by the religious rules, rituals and regulation keeping as the way to God. The master and servant relationship was now a father and son relationship. Jesus destroyed the dividing pillars with his death. Now we are on a one on one relationship with God. We are sons now.

The very pillars on which religion has been built were abolished, the veil was rent in to from top to bottom. To perpetuate religion in the face of the finished work of Christ is therefore but a manifestation of unbelief that the work of Jesus was insufficient. In attempting to bind man with God, religion attempts to do (anti, "in the place of" Christ) what was done already by Him. Religion now binds man to religion by a fundamental attempt to perpetuate that which was fulfilled at Christ's death.

Jesus looked beyond the religious exterior to the heart motivations. He knew that beneath their beautiful outward appearance, the Pharisees (religious sect) like whited sepulchers were full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. (Matthew 23:27) They were hypocrites acting out their religious role. (Matthew 23:27)

Religious man is concerned with looking good outwardly-making a good show in the flesh (Galatians 6:12). They mind earthly things (Philippians 3:19). They do indeed look good on the outside. But God looks on the heart.

If you are in religion and your heart is pure and you desire is to know God in a relational way, then guard your heart with due diligence and let no one steal your heart from your desire for God.


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