Read your Bible in 1 year:
“Secularism and religion conform people to behavioral norms through fear (of consequences) and pride (a desire for self-aggrandizement). The gospel moves people to holiness and service out of grateful joy for grace, and out of love of the glory of God for who he is in himself.” — The Gospel Coalition
“Jesus Christ came to blind those who saw clearly, and to give sight to the blind; to heal the sick, and leave the healthy to die; to call to repentance and to justify sinners, and to leave the righteous in their sins; to fill the needy, and leave the rich empty.” — Pascal
“Entrance within the gates of glory furnished the assurance that Jesus not only had ‘overcome the sharpness of death,’ but that He had ‘opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.’ In the majesty of His ascension glory, the roll of Providence in which was inscribed the destinies of His Church is confided to His keeping.
The great High Priest has entered into the Holiest of all — the Mighty Pleader in behalf of His Church, bearing on His breastplate the names of His Covenant people. The worshipers of Israel, on the day of their greatest ceremonial, crowded the outer courts of the Temple, listening in profound reverence for the sound of the golden bells on the fringe of the High Priest’s official garments. The chime of these formed the sure evidence that he was engaged ministering before the mercy-seat, proceeding with, and perfecting the great Oblation as the nation’s Representative.
We may spiritually do the same. The ear of faith may listen to the voice and intercession of Him who ever lives and ever loves — who has ‘entered, not into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us’ (Heb. 9;24).” — John MacDuff
“Will not the Father hear those who cry in His dear Son’s Name; who plead the merits of His only begotten; who present all their supplications as one with Christ? Jesus said, ‘I know that You hear Me always.’ This truth flows down to all the members of His mystic body.
We come as they who are the Father’s gift unto Jesus. We come as the bride of the Heavenly Bridegroom—as the members of Him who is the Head of the body—as the sheep of His pasture—as the jewels of His mediatorial crown—as they in whom He had delight before the worlds were framed—as they whom He will love while endless ages roll. We come as they whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life—as they for whom the blood of God was shed—as they whom celestial righteousness enrobes—as they for whom thrones in heaven are provided—as they for whom Jesus testified, ’The glory which You gave Me, I have given them.’