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“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14–16, NKJV)

I know the passage here in Hebrews 4 speaks to the ability of the believer to come with confidence into Gods presence. However, that doesn’t mean we come into His presence with a chip on our shoulders. Our ability, our right, to come into His presence was obtained through His grace. Therefore when we come, we must come in humility.

I recently learned that ancient Jewish Rabbis believed that there were two thrones in the heavens: one of Judgment and one of Mercy. God certainly judges sin and meets out the punishment it deserves, but He also demonstrated mercy by not giving people what they deserved in punishment for sin. The Jewish Rabbis could not reconcile the two. Therefore they thought that there must be two thrones in Heaven: one for mercy and one for judgment. What they didn’t understand is how God would reconcile the two through the gift of His Son.

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21, NKJV)

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5, NKJV)

Therefore, there is one throne in heaven and it is described to us here as a throne of Grace – Gods undeserved favor. And we can now, because of Gods grace, come boldly into His presence and seek mercy and help.

            The boldness with which we come speaks to confidence. David Guzik, in his commentary on this puts it this way.

“Boldly does not mean proudly, arrogantly or with presumption. Boldly means we may come constantly. Boldly means we may come without reservation. Boldly means we can come freely and without fancy words, boldly means we can come with confidence. Boldly means we should come with persistence.”

We may come whenever and wherever we want. We may come without guilt. We may come being ourselves. We may come assured of His acceptance of us. And we may, and should, come with persistent expectation. But we must do this with humility and reverence and thankfulness. After all it is only because of His grace that we may come. Will you enter in, by His invitation, to the throne room of Grace today? God is waiting patiently to meet with you.


Comments 1

Guest - Ray on Monday, 09 November 2015 22:37

Good word.

Good word.
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