Hebrews 10:20 (NASB)
"By a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh."
A New Way of Life
Christianity at its infancy was known as "The Way", which was also referred to as "the way to God", "the way of the truth"(Acts 18:25,26. 2Peter 2:2). The teachings of Christ constituted the Word of God to all true worshipers to follow, and for those that embraced it, was certainly a new way of life for them.
One such person that experienced sweeping changes in his life, from the old way to the New Way was Paul himself, by his own admission, "I was a foremost violent opponent of the "Way"
Acts 9:1-2 (NASB)
1 "Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples
of the Lord, went to the high priest, 2 and asked for letters from him
to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to
the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem."
1 Timothy 1:13-15 (NASB)
13 "Even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a
violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in
unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with
the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. 15 It is a
trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus
came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all."
TRAUMATIC CHANGES IN ATTITUDE, IN EPHESUS.
Ephesus was a pagan city and many practiced ,magic, spiritism and the likes, for those that embraced the "Way" made traumatic changes in their attitude and way of life. We read:
Acts 19:18-19 (NASB)
18" Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and
disclosing their practices."
19 "And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together
and began burning them in the sight of everyone; and they counted up
the price of them and found it [a]fifty thousand pieces of silver."
SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU, IDOLATERS, ADULTERERS IN THE WICKED CITY OF CORINTH.
From the pagan and immoral way of living,for all those converted to Christianity in Corinth, meant a radical change in morals and attitudes ,Paul wrote to the Corinthians,"such were some of you."
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NASB)
9 "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the
kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor
idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals."
10 "Nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God."
11 "Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were
sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus
Christ and in the Spirit of our God."
For those that accepted Christianity in the first century, we note that they made drastic changes to their way of life, today it is no different. We have to change our attitude towards our neighbors, friends , workmates, racism, our family relationships, and our way of thinking ,in fact every aspect of our lives is affected when we embrace the "New Way." Jesus said" Do to others as you would have them do to you."( Luke 6:31)
Paul warned Christians not to allow themselves to conform to pressures and the ways of the world ,but to strive to know the will of God so that we may worship God, in a way that is acceptable to him.(Romans 12:2) This means diligent reading of the scriptures.
Hebrews 10:20 (NASB)
20" By a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the
veil, that is, His flesh."
Jesus Christ was the first to ascent from earth to heaven 40 days after his resurrection, the event was witnessed only by his 11 faithfully apostles.The scriptures say.
Acts 1:9-11 (NASB)
Inauguration: A New and Living Way.
9 "And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were
looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as
they were gazing intently into [a]the sky while He was going, behold,
two men in white clothing stood beside them. "
11 "They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into
[b]the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven,
will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into
He ascended to heaven's in God's presence, to present his ransom sacrifice, thus openning the way for his spirit anointed followers to follow.
Jesus the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:20 (AMPC)
20 "But the fact is that Christ (the Messiah) has been raised from the
dead, and He became the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep
Hebrews 9:24 (AMPC)
24 "For Christ (the Messiah) has not entered into a sanctuary made
with [human] hands, only a copy and pattern and type of the true one,
but [He has entered] into heaven itself, now to appear in the [very]
presence of God on our behalf."
Other 144.000 to follow.(Rev. 14:1)
John 14:2-3 (NASB)
Jesus reassures his faithful disciples (anointed followers) that he is going to heaven to prepare a place for them.
2 "In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I
would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go
and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to
Myself, that where I am, there you may be also."
Hebrews 6:19-20 (NASB)
19 "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and
steadfast and one which enters within the veil, 20 where Jesus has
entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever
according to the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 10:19-20 (NASB)
A New and Living Way.
19 "Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy
place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He
inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh."
Paul wrote that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, (1 Cor. 15:50) so those resurrected to heaven must also bear the image of the heavenly one. (1Cor.15:49)